Prison Gardens Get Bipartisan Support By Jacob Wheeler | April 3, 2012 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Environment Subscribe to Environment Click Photo to Hear Gruenhagen Introduce a Prison Gardens Bill Click Photo to Hear Gruenhagen Introduce a Prison Gardens Bill Tomatoes, carrots and green beans could be finding their way from behind bars to Minnesota food shelves next year. An amendment added to the state corrections policy bill calls for prisons to establish gardening programs. Representative Glenn Gruenhagen (R-Glencoe) says other states that have prison gardens say it reduces recidivism rates and saves the prison system thousands if not millions of dollars in food costs. Excess produce would be donated to food shelves or charities. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.