Source: (2014) Dissertation. Degree Doctor of Public Administration.College of Business and Public Management.University of La Verne.

The research revealed horticulture-related programs have a perceived positive impact and foster qualities indicative of leadership, responsibility, accountability, compassion, and resilience. The programs also serve a dual purpose by providing program participants rehabilitative activities in conjunction with a restorative justice component. For example, inmates have grown seedlings that were later transplanted to community gardens and raised plants that were sold to the public, donated to schools, and used by cities. The program participants learned to grow produce that was sold at farmers markets and donated back to their own communities. (Excerpt)