Overview

Farming4Hunger will expand upon a highly successful, proven program that launched in Charles County in 2012. Farming4Hunger uses food and agriculture as a backdrop to provide job training, life coaching, and mentorship to justice-involved individuals. It also hosts students for field trips and day camps where they learn the importance of making good life choices. There is special emphasis on addiction prevention and recovery. This powerful program has many facets. Please click here to download a PDF with more detail about Farming4Hunger.

Objectives

  • Provide job training and a career path for male inmates

  • Reduce recidivism and improve community safety

  • Prevent new opioid abuse and prevent relapses

  • Teach students about proper nutrition, agriculture, and positive life choices

  • Achieve improved classroom behavior and improved student outcomes

  • Provide team building, anti-bullying, and other specialized programs

Timeline

We've done our best to estimate our project timeline. However, reality doesn't always cooperate with even the best-laid plans! Our top priority for the overall Chesapeake Food Connection project is Farming4Hunger. We will be planting 5 acres of crops and beginning construction on a new classroom building as soon as possible.

Watch the Farming4Hunger Video

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Will it be safe to have inmates working around and interacting with students?


Yes. Inmates will be carefully selected to be part of the job training programs. First, they must have already qualified for work release. Then they must also demonstrate maturity, respectfullness, and positive personal interactions. We will work only with those who have the ability to lead meaningful group discussions with students. They must be willing and able to share their life story while reflecting on the decisions that led to their incarceration. This vulnerability and direct interaction between students and inmates is at the heart of what makes Farming4Hunger such a successful program. Inmates working and learning on site will always be supervised. Their daily arrival and departure will be highly structured. People are often surprised to learn that work release is quite common for qualified individuals. It's very likely that you have interacted with inmates in training programs on many occasions. The viability and success of work release programs depends on careful selection and positive interactions with the public. As such, ensuring the safety and security of the community will always be our top priority.




Will there be a lot of noise and traffic with all the student field trips?


Most of the Farming4Hunger student activities are relatively quiet in nature. Students will be learning about agriculture, nutrition, and life skills. They will be working and learning in small groups. We expect it to be relatively quiet when students are present (normal school hours on weekdays). We will ensure that there is ample parking available.




Can I volunteer with Farming4Hunger?


Yes! We would love to have the community engaged with Farming4Hunger. There will be a variety of volunteer opportunities available. Please send us a message to express your interest, and we'll contact you once we're ready to bring on volunteers.




How do I learn more about Farming4Hunger?


Please visit the Farming4Hunger website to learn more about the established program in Charles County. You can also download our PDF summary of Farming4Hunger.





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