By OPEC Staff

Photos by Lt. Mike Tuntakit, AA/PIO
Avenal State Prison

Inmates at Avenal State Prison (ASP) planted a garden with an eye toward growing more than plants.

ASP officials led by Warden Rosemary Ndoh joined the inmates building the garden, another Insight Garden Program project.

Insight works with CDCR to provide inmates with months of classroom training where they plan the garden, and learn about plants, soil, garden architecture and concepts.

In the words of Insight’s mission statement, inmates “reconnect to self, community, and the natural world. This ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ gardening approach transforms lives, ends ongoing cycles of incarceration, and creates safer communities.”

Insight Gardens have been built at a number of CDCR institutions, including ASP, San Quentin State Prison; California State Prison, Solano; the California Medical Facility; Central California Women’s Facility; Folsom Women’s Facility; California Health Care Facility: and California State Prison, Los Angeles County, according to the organization’s website.

(Some websites may not be accessible from a CDCR computer.)


For more information about the Insight Garden Program, visit