Ex-Rikers Island inmates help build community garden in Crown Heights

An old abandoned lot in Crown Heights has been transformed into a community garden for residents, thanks in part to former inmates of Rikers Island.

A Horticultural Society program trains the former inmates on gardening, and the men, along with community volunteers, use those skills to clear space, build planting beds and seed the area.

A Horticultural Society program trains the former inmates on gardening, and the men, along with community volunteers, use those skills to clear space, build planting beds and seed the area. (7/17/13)

THE BRONX - An old abandoned lot in Crown Heights has been transformed into a community garden for residents, thanks in part to former inmates of Rikers Island.

A Horticultural Society program trains the former inmates on gardening, and the men, along with community volunteers, use those skills to clear space, build planting beds and seed the area.

The garden has been designed to produce vegetables for the community.

"Soon, this planting bed will be filled with fruits and vegetables, and the goal is to have people come in from the community and learn how to take care of the plants," said one volunteer.

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