I'm trying to create a set of gardens at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail in order to beautify the area and also make it more efficient.
The Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail is, by the jail supervisor’s own words, an “eyesore”. The small amount of ground cover there is on the grounds is brown and dried out, stifled by the claylike soil. Furthermore, the food at the jail is generally of low quality and bland. I’ve decided to create an herb garden at the jail, as well as plant ornamental native plants, vegetable greens and certain saplings. This will help create a healthier environment, through both nutrition and aesthetics, for the inmates, as well as the employees who work there. Additionally, the plants would require an extremely low amount of upkeep once introduced, meaning that after the initial investment of time, money, and material, the jail does not have to spend more money on maintaining the project, and indeed may save money through it.
If we reach our tipping point goal of $200, we'll be able to create one large herb garden. How will those funds be spent? We are planning on purchasing mulch, topsoil, building materials, tools, and of course seeds, saplings, and shrubs. Plus, it will cover the transportation costs for our volunteers to get out to the jail to make this garden come to life. $200 is enough to get our first herb garden planted, but with more funds we'll be able to create additional gardens beyond our first large one!