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Insight Garden Program helps inmates in Chowchilla connect to the land and themselves

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Rudy Diaz
Central California Women’s Facility
Women at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla gather in a circle to meditate by the garden they built and designed through the Insight Garden Program.

The Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla is one of 10 prisons in the state that gives incarcerated people the chance to connect to the natural world through the Insight Garden Program. Led by previously incarcerated individuals, the Insight Garden Program uses ecotherapy and mindfulness to help people in prison cultivate gardening skills and improve self-esteem. To learn more, Valley Edition host Kathleen Schock spoke with program volunteer Katerina Friesen and former inmate Michele Scott who lobbied to bring the program to Chowchilla.

Kathleen Schock is the host of Valley Edition. In the show, Kathleen and the Valley Public Radio news team explore issues that matter to the residents of Central California through engaging conversations and in-depth reporting.