The Food, Farming, Future Initiative (FFFI) is a three-year pilot project of USU Extension Services in partnership with Salt Lake County's Jail Horticulture program and Genesis Youth Center. FFFI is an innovative program that connects public and private resources
to achieve a triple bottom line with the main objective of reducing recidivism.
This program provides newly released inmates the opportunity to participate in an internship program where they will learn valuable re-entry skills such as time management, responsibility and professionalism at the workplace as well as urban growing techniques.
Interns will gain hands-on experience and develop their resume by working for a local for-profit farmer. In exchange for labor, the farmer will donate fresh produce to Salt Lake County's Meal Plus, a program that benefits low-income seniors. In addition to a reduction in recidivism, this project increases regional food production and decreases food insecurity.
Salt Lake County Office for New Americans and Refugees will help connect additional resources to improve and strengthen outcome. Based on data, OCI will evaluate the feasibility to continue and/or put this project to scale.
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