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    Carlos Rosado spent much of his time behind bars at Woodbourne Correctional Facility tending to a garden he helped create. Rosado is one of a handful of students participating in the Bard Prison Initiative, a privately-funded program that offers inmates at five New York State prisons the opportunity to work toward a college degree from Bard College.
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    Many of the cells and prison dormitories at Woodbourne look out onto the garden, created by Rosado about two years ago.
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    Rosado and several other inmates are among a group of 30 who grow a variety of vegetables and fruits including cucumbers, tomatoes and raspberries. Because of the lack of storage space and the concern about spoilage, the produce grown in this 16-bed garden is often the only fresh food the facility's 800 inmates ever eat.
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    Rosado used the garden at Woodbourne to supplement his senior thesis, which focused on the nutritional value of prison food.
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    Unable to acquire many of the tools associated with running a garden, the inmates are forced to improvise, using dental floss to warden off sections of the garden and rice spoons as shovels.
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    Inmate Javier Flores says the garden has helped him connect to his Latino culture and that he now looks forward to starting a garden with his 10-year-old daughter when he's released, perhaps sometime in 2011.
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    Inmates have to be careful not to get their uniforms dirty or track mud through the cellblocks. Here, inmate Daniel Marquez uses a rag to protect his pants while weeding.
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    Inside the prison, there are several classrooms where students of the Bard Prison Initiative meet with advisers and take classes taught by volunteer teachers. The hardest thing about teaching inmates, according to faculty members, is that there is no access to e-mail and all correspondence must be done in person.
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