Orange is the New Green: A Prison Garden on Rikers Island
Written by Erin Boyle for Gardenista
In the most recent issue of Edible Manhattan, writer Carrington Morris and photographer Lindsay Morris take readers on a trip to an island in New York’s East River, not far from LaGuardia Airport.
Home to the nation’s largest penal colony, Rikers Island is the city’s main jail, with approximately 11,000 inmates. From the highway, the hulking prison complex looks grim. But it is also home to a green and vibrant garden. Under the care of Rikers inmates, the garden and greenhouse are lush with summer vegetables and herbs.
Photos by Lindsay Morris.