GreenHouse on Rikers Island (The Horticultural Society of New York)

GreenHouse on Rikers Island (The Horticultural Society of New York)
Organization Name:
GreenHouse on Rikers Island (The Horticultural Society of New York)
Primary Address 1:
The Horticultural Society of New York
Primary Address 2:
148 West 37th Street, 13th Floor
Primary Address City:
New York
Primary Address State:
Primary Address Zip:
Long Organization Description:

The Mission of The Horticultural Society of New York: to sustain the vital connection between people and plants. Our social service and public programs educate and inspire, growing a broad community that values horticulture for the many benefits it brings to our environment, our neighborhoods, and our lives.

Organization Phone Number:
(212) 757-0915
Director, Manager or CEO (First Name):
Sara Hobel
How often does your organization use social media?:
Every day
Interesting Fact About the Organization:
Since 1996, GreenHouse has grown to encompass an educational setting on Rikers Island that includes a greenhouse, a classroom and over two and a half acres of landscaped and productive gardens, designed and built by inmates.
Year Started:
Organization Type:
Garden Education, Urban Agriculture
About the Organization:
GreenHouse, based on Rikers Island, is dedicated to reducing the recidivism rate by offering men and women who are incarcerated an innovative jail-to-street program using horticultural therapy as a tool to prepare them for reentry. The Rikers Island GreenHouse garden, run as a collaboration between The Horticulture Society and the NYC Department of Correction, provides an oasis of green on an island more known for its barbed wire and concrete.
Latest Project:
In 2006, New Village Press published The Horticultural Society’s book Doing Time in the Garden, an account of the GreenHouse program, by James Jiler, former GreenHouse Director.
Areas Served:
Core Programs:
Remedial education, Skill development, Vocational training in horticulture. Hands-on experience including designing, installing and maintaining the multi-use gardens, and the design and construction of garden fixtures. . Upon graduating from the program on their release, they have the option to join the GreenTeam, our vocational internship program.
Major Issues:
Garden Education, Urban Agriculture
We have and or use Social Media?:
Yes, we do have social media (twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc…)
Frequently used hashtags 1:
#thehort #givingtuesday #restorativejustice #nyc
Frequently used hashtags 2:
#rikers #greenhouseprogram #greenhouse
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