The Facts

Working in a garden reduces crime.

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.

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.

30% decrease in re-arrest rate for participants in the Prison Garden Program.

 

RE-ARREST RATES FOR PRISONERS

15%

Re-arrest rate for garden-based treatment

55%

Re-arrest rate without any intervention or therapy

35%

Re-arrest rate for drug abuse treatment


 

Lead Poisioning

The relationship between a healthy diet and reducing the long term effects of lead poisioning.

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.



Summary

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