Prison Food for Thought


Lance Duncan picks okra during a harvest session Friday, August 20, 2010 at the organic garden created by inmates and staff at the Travis County Crorrectional Complex in Del Valle. Duncan was enthusiastic about the garden and said he has been involved with organic vegetable gardening for a couple of years and plans to grow an organic vegetable garden after his release. Photo by Larry Kolvoord…AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN. Image:


I used to laugh and say that my simple soups are “prison food.” But now I see that what we need to do society-wide is actually being done in some prisons! FEED OURSELVES AND OUR NEIGHBORS!!

Hmmm. Makes me wonder: what if all those prisoners who are getting the opportunity to learn how to grow food, and are thereby changed, might be released into all the suburbs of the U.S.A. with their newly won skills for hire? Can you imagine your suburb looking more like an old time village, silly lawns transformed into gardens, food everywhere, shared?

What if we so called “free beings” started emulating what some prisoners are doing?

Deeper question: who is in prison, who not? What IS prison, anyway?

And gee whiz! Maybe we should all sign up for prison, so that we can learn to grow our own food?

What will it take for us to realize that growing and sharing our own food is the most vital and nourishing human activity we can perform? Why? Because, besides feeding ourselves nutritious fresh food, growing food re-members us to Nature. Bernie’s Bird is trying to tell us something. Something about seeing beyond and through the matrix illusion that keeps us enthralled by fear of scarcity. Nature herself is continuously regenerative. Are we getting the message?


Prison Gardens Help Inmates Grow Their Own Food — and Skills


A growing experience: Prison gardens transform inmates who tend to them


Prison Gardens are Making A Comeback, with Benefits for Prisoners and Communities


Organic Gardens in Jails and Prisons




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0 Responses to Prison Food for Thought

  1. Kieron says:

    Well, we’re pretty much prisoners of this stupid system anyway…

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