Kijana Tajiri Askari
One of the most prolific writers we have worked with Kijana was one of the courageous Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers where he spent 27-years in isolation. His first garden was part of the Andry Street’s first round of Solitary Gardens where we used weed barriers to illustrate the contents of the cell. We are pairing Kijana with the incredible work of Growing Change- a reclaimed prison in North Carolina who we partnered with in Fall 2018. Growing Change has transformed a former adult prison into an organic farm that provides job training and alternatives to incarceration for youth. Kijana has wanted to start a youth-mentor program since we met him and we look forward to seeing this connection flourish.
“Revolutionary Greetings! For my first garden bed, I would like watermelon, strawberries, tomatoes, corn mustard greens, kale, lettuce, collards, roses and poppies. - Pretty ambitious huh?! ;) ”