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Prison gardens provide

Dan Stockwell, an inmate at Airway Heights Corrections Center, harvests carrots from the prison garden Sept. 20. Tyler Tjomsland, SR photo

It’s been almost 10 years since Dan Stockwell sat in Kitsap County Jail, waiting to be sentenced to life without parole on charges of child molestation.

Now, he’s a gardener at Airway Heights Corrections Center, harvesting vegetables and drawing up landscape plans for a garden just a few yards from his cell.

Earlier this year, the prison created community vegetable gardens to be maintained by offenders. It’s the peak of harvest at the prison, and inmates are plucking fall vegetables from the ground to be cooked in the prison’s kitchens.

“It allows me to work off the kinds of frustrations you get from having to sit in a cell,” Stockwell said, taking a break from harvesting. Read more. Kaitlin Gillespie, SR

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Community gardens help refugees connect to new land, new life

For several years, refugees have raised their own produce at community gardens in Boise; a Washington Post article today reports that it's a trend across the country that's helping refugees with agricultural backgrounds connect with their past and culture while they build new lives in the United States. Ruben Chandrasekar, executive director of the International Rescue Committee's Baltimore office, said, "On a small scale, it's giving people a little bit of an opportunity to grow food for their salad, but on a larger scale, it's an opportunity for people to grow and build a space with what they have." Click below for the full report from Washington Post reporter Tara Bahrampour.

Spokane’s Community Gardens Season Kick-Off on Saturday

Citizens are invited to join in the season kick-off for Spokane’s Community Gardens at Grant Park Community Garden, 10th & Arthur, from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow. The scheduled speakers are Mayor David Condon, Council President Stuckart, Director of Parks Leroy Eadie, and Grant Park Garden leader Brian Estes

At tomorrow's event, citizens can:

  • Sign Up for a plot at one of the City of Spokane’s Community Gardens.
  • Learn how to construct raised beds.
  • Exchange seeds
  • Talk with other folks about what they are planting this year

There are five community gardens on City of Spokane property, along with a number of others within the community. Gardens on City property include the

  • Grant Park Community Garden.
  • Earth Turners Community Garden in Peaceful Valley at 1400 W. Water Avenue.
  • East Central Community Garden, at South Ralph & East Hartson.
  • Hillyard Pumphouse Community Garden, at North Crestline & East Hoffman.
  • The Commons Community Garden, at 33rd Avenue and Lamont Street.


The Spokesman had a nice story about Community Gardens on city property. A few years ago, the idea was proposed by Lori Kinnear, former City Councilman Richard Rush's aide. “It’s just so nice to watch it all come together. So many people have worked so hard to make this happen,” Kinnear said. “For me, personally, to get to this point was a labor of love.” Read the full story HERE.




Pullman ponders pot planting

In this photo provided by the Oregon State Police, a marijuana growing operation is shown in in Northeast Oregon on Friday, June 17, 2011.

PULLMAN – The Pullman City Council will discuss medical marijuana and the possible regulation of newly approved “community gardens” at its regular meeting Tuesday.

The discussion is prompted by recent changes in state law, which took effect July 22. The law now allows up to 10 patients to join together and raise “community gardens” for the purpose of supplying themselves with medical marijuana. Each garden would be limited to a maximum of 45 marijuana plants. More here.

Community marijuana gardens: good idea or bad idea?