Notes from the Field

Winter Storytelling Tour

Our work is bound up with the seasons and winter is a time for reflection, taking stock, building community and planning for the growing season. This winter, we're bringing the stories of growing food and flowers behind bars to you! The prison courtyards and classrooms that we work in are largely invisible to the public. Through these talks, workshops and discussions, we're shining light on local prisons and sharing our experiences with the simple, transformative intervention of prison gardens.


Whenever we're out in the community- at festivals, conferences and lectures- we're selling these handsome shirts and sweatshirts. Wear your heart on your sleeve and support prison gardens at the same time! All our gear is printed in Dorchester and available in men's sizes S-XL. Hoodies and t-shirts feature TNGS' seal on the chest and 'Transforming Landscapes Transforming Lives' across the back. The New Garden Society's seal is a powerful symbol to wear out into the field featuring the native Juneberry and 'Thus I Flourish.' See you in the field!

Transforming Landscapes, Transforming Lives: Why Prison Gardens Matter

Longyear Museum with the Chestnut Hill Garden Club

Tuesday, January 10th, 10:00 am

NOFA Winter Conference: Prison Garden Ethics Workshop

Worcester State University, Worcester, MA

Saturday, January 14th

 Transforming Landscapes, Transforming Lives: Why Prison Gardens Matter

Lincoln Garden Club

Monday, February 6th, 9:30 am

 Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference

Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Saturday, March 4th

 2017 New England Farm to Institution Summit: 

Growing & Gleaning Food with Incarcerated Individuals Panel Discussion

Leominster, MA

 Wednesday-Friday, April 5th- 7th

 Transforming Landscapes, Transforming Lives: Why Prison Gardens Matter

The Cottage Gardener Club, Marblehead, MA

Tuesday, April 11th, 1:30 pm