Gardens and Food Donations

Missouri was one of the first states to offer reparative activities in all of its adult institutions. Each offender is given the opportunity to participate while incarcerated.


The Department of Corrections cultivates Restorative Justice Gardens in institutions throughout the state. Staff members work with offenders to grow produce for low-resource Missourians in need of fresh food. The 2018 growing season yielded more than 87 tons of fresh fruits and vegetables for donation to Missouri food banks, shelters, senior centers, schools and other organizations.

Restorative Justice Gardens

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"After visiting with guys in the Restorative Justice Garden and seeing the recidivism statistics, I am convinced of the value of these types of programs... No matter the context, gardening is a tool that changes people’s lives." More at @columbiatribune

— MoCorrections(@MoCorrections) September 19, 2018



Thanks to the hard work of residents & staff, the Transition Center of St. Louis donated 27 pounds of homegrown fresh produce to @SVDP_STL to help #feedMORE Missourians. TCSTL provides housing & programming to men under community supervision. More :

— MoCorrections(@MoCorrections) September 5, 2018


Billy Polansky, @ColumbiaUrbanAg executive director, has launched a four-part series on our Restorative Justice Gardens. Read his impressions of Boonville Correctional Center offenders dedicated to improving the lives of fellow Missourians. #feedMORE

— MoCorrections(@MoCorrections) August 30, 2018


Last week Boonville Correctional Center donated 1,454 pounds of fresh produce grown in Restorative Justice Gardens to the Fayette Food Pantry & @TheFoodBankMO to help #feedMORE Missourians. The bounty included watermelons and cantaloupes amid the vegetables. 😋🍉

— MoCorrections(@MoCorrections) August 27, 2018


Maryville Treatment Center case manager Doug Butcher says prison gardens yield not just fresh produce but also moving thank-you letters. When offenders "get something from a child that says, ‘Thank you for the cantaloupe,’ they get really emotional.”

— MoCorrections(@MoCorrections) August 7, 2018


The Restorative Justice Garden at Maryville Treatment Center helps to #feedMORE Missourians! So far this season, the offender-tended garden has yielded more than 400 pounds of fresh fruits & vegetables for the Ministry Center & the Children and Family Center. 😋🍅🌶️🍈🥔

— MoCorrections(@MoCorrections) August 1, 2018


Grateful to work with @JobsMoGov on this new horticultural apprenticeship! Our first graduating class of apprentices completes the 12-week program trained, certified & ready to go to work for employers in need of skilled labor. 🍅🌱 Watch this video:

— MoCorrections(@MoCorrections) July 23, 2018


Big thanks to @BvilleDailyNews for braving the heat to visit one of our Restorative Justice Gardens! Read this great piece to find out how gardening is changing lives. “I’m giving back to society for the first time,” Steven Vanvicklesays. #feedMORE

— MoCorrections(@MoCorrections) July 19, 2018


Last week Boonville Correctional Center donated 671 pounds of produce to a Fayette food pantry. The Restorative Justice Garden harvest included cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots and tomatoes. We're thrilled to help #FEEDmore Missourians! 💙🥕🌽🍅🥗

— MoCorrections(@MoCorrections) July 18, 2018


Crates full of fresh vegetables.

This week Boonville Correctional Center donated 523 pounds of fresh produce to @TheFoodBankMO. Offenders and staff grew the potatoes, cabbage, greens, lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, kohlrabi, carrots & tomatoes in the facility's Restorative Justice Garden.

— MoCorrections (@MoCorrections) July 5, 2018
Men loading boxes of vegetables into a truck.

We're so excited to #feedMORE Missourians! Southeast Correctional Center just gave @semofoodbank 210 pounds of mustard greens grown in the facility’s garden. In May 2018 Restorative Justice Gardening Program participants volunteered 596 hours & donated 400 pounds of produce. 🥗

— MoCorrections (@MoCorrections) June 5, 2018
Bins full of strawberries

It's gardening season in DOC facilities! Boonville Correctional Center has donated 60 pounds of fresh strawberries to BoonslickSenior Center. Each year Restorative Justice Gardens yield more than 130 TONS of produce for donation to the community. 😋🍓 #WeServeMo

— MoCorrections(@MoCorrections) June 4, 2018

Plants growing in a garden near a tall fence.

Gardening season is underway! The Restorative Justice garden & raised planters at WERDCC are ready to grow! In 2017 gardens in @MoCorrections facilities produced 133 tons of fresh vegetables & fruits for Missouri food banks, shelters and other organizations.

— MoCorrections(@MoCorrections) May 31, 2018