Our Conservation efforts provide opportunities for incarcerated women to connect with nature and take action for a healthier environment
We are partnering with the Institute for Applied Ecology and the Oregon Zoo to grow thousands of native violet plants for the zoo’s Oregon Silverspot Butterfly propagation program and for habitat restoration in Oregon. This has received funding from Toyota Together Green/Audubon .
Bringing Nature and Sustainable Practices into Prisons
We work with facility staff and the Oregon Department of Corrections Office of Sustainability to promote and support sustainable practices at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. We are members of the national Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP) network, working to bring nature, education and conservation into prisons.
Horticulture, Mentorship and fulfilling career training
In the fall of 2015, the Garden began a partnership with a local specialty cut flower farm (www.rosehillflowerfarm.com) to mentor the garden crew in the field of cut flower production. Flowers are used for making floral arrangements, for therapeutic activities, to add to the visual beauty of the garden, and to create even more habitats for pollinators. This year’s program included four seasonal flower arranging classes offered to the general population of the prison, as well as regular mentoring sessions with garden crew in flower selection, propagation and harvesting