The Facts

Working in a garden reduces crime, increases access to nutritious food, and creates healthier communities.

The Garden Project at the San Francisco County Jail is an extremely effective crime-prevention program. Prisoners who work in the garden are statistically less likely to return to prison. On average, more than 50% of prisoners re-offend. That number drops to 25% of prisoners re-offending if they have worked in the Prison Garden Program.

It not only helps individuals rebuild their lives, while 55 percent of our prisoners are rearrested within a year, those who go through the Garden Project have a recidivism rate of 24 percent, and that’s after two years.

Statistically speaking, gardens provide great results


Re-arrest rate for garden-based treatment


Re-arrest rate without any intervention or therapy


Re-arrest rate for drug abuse treatment

There is a relationship between a healthy diet and reducing the long term effects of lead poisoning.

Simply by adding garden grown herbs to the diet help children recover from lead posioning. Clinical studies completed recently proved that heavy metal chelation [using cilantro and chlorella] can naturally remove an average of 87% of lead, 91% of mercury, and 74% of aluminum from the body within 42 days.

A nutritional deficiency of vitamin C has been shown to impact lead levels in the body too. According to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, participants with high levels of vitamin C had significantly less lead in their bloodstream than individuals with low levels of vitamin C.

In particular, the results of the study showed that children with higher levels of vitamin C were 89 percent less likely to have elevated blood lead levels in comparison to children with low levels of vitamin C. Similar results held true with respect to adults. Sources of vitamin C include fruits like oranges, grapefruit, fruit juices and berries.


A nutritional deficiency of vitamin C has been shown to impact lead levels and by growing food with communities we can increase peoples consumption for important vitamins.  Increasing nutrition decreases crime and helps grow healthy communities