We promote healthy eating, education, mindfulness and environmental action to create a healthier environment inside and outside Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.
The Coffee Creek Garden was started in 2009 by a partnership between community volunteers and facility staff. The initial 6000 square foot growing area has been expanded to a half-acre organic garden in the main prison yard of the minimum security facility.
The garden is cared for by a full time crew of women who are incarcerated at the facility. Depending on the season, 6-12 women plant and maintain the gardens and greenhouse, and care for our compost and worm bins. The gardeners also teach many of the gardening classes that are offered to women living at the minimum facility. The gardeners’ efforts are supported by community volunteers, facility staff and community partners in horticulture, public health and conservation.
We grow organic vegetables and herbs, as well as flowers and native plants for habitat restoration. In 2016 we grew over 6000 lbs of organic produce to improve nutrition and health for the women living at Coffee Creek.
We have received support from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, a Kaiser Permanente Healthy Food Access Grant to the Oregon Public Health Division, and a Toyota Together Green/Audubon grant.