The bottom line of his talk was that urban agriculture has the potential to provide these young men a real job. Maybe some of the guys could one day employ themselves by running their own urban farm. Maybe some could buy produce from an urban farm (or rural farm) and add value to. In other words take basil and make it into pesto or crush tomato and make a tomato sauce. No one will hand them a job, but there are people who are working to create a business model that these young men can adapt to their community
There have been other visitors this week. Patty Murphy, superintendent of the Western Mass Women’s Correctional Center came by to check out what’s going on at Green Street. And Carol Ostiguy-Finneran, counselor and gardener at the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department came by to pickup some seedlings for their garden. Here’s the video.