Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC)

AreaProgramProgram PartnersHighlights as of December 2020
MCC-WSRComposting with Bugs: Worm Farm, Black Soldier Flies, BokashiUniversity Beyond Bars, Tilth Alliance, University of Washington Ecosystem Science DivisionCurrently cycling out the old style worm bin with the new bins, 4 new bins built and have the materials to build 4 more. Making progress with the Soldier fly program and finding best practices for prison application, including experimenting with a larger system to feed and sort the larvae.
MCC-WSRCity of Monroe public flowersCity of Monroe donates materials, receives flowers and worm castingsGrew 2,500 begonias for city
MCC-WSRGardening curriculum developmentSCCC, Institute for Applied Ecology, Oregon Food Bank3 technicians reviewed Seed to Supper text; 1 authored advanced topic chapter
MCC-WSRSPL Roots of SuccessRoots of SuccessTemporarily suspended due to COVID-19; Two cohorts with 10 graduates before pandemic suspended program
MCC-WSRSPL Bicycles from HeavenBikes donated by Snohomish County Sheriff, Monroe PD, Marysville PD, Everett PD; donated to Snohomish County Boys & Girls Club and the City of Sultan for National Night Out45 bikes restored and donated to Boys & Girls Club. To date over 400 bikes have been restored and donated through this program!
MCC-WSRSPL Wheelchair programWheels for the WorldRestored 777 wheelchairs, donated to Philippines, Ghana, Global Aid Network, and Uganda
MCC-WSRSPL Wood Craft 4 CharityScrap wood donated by Canyon Creek Cabinet Company; donate to Childrens Hospital, YWCA, Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County, Women’s Shelter of MonroeTemporarily shut down due to equipment failure; In 2019, created and donated 300 wooden toys and crafts
MCC-WSRHouse plantsNew houseplants propagated and potted, three large carts full, for 4th floor/hospital area; decorative wood planters for some
MCC-WSRBird habitatMultiple bird houses and hummingbird feeders around Education and Gate 7
MCC-WSRWaste sorting & recyclingProgram temporarily suspended due to COVID-19; Technicians receive education and training on sorting to support composting programs
MCC-WSRWaste Water Treatment CertificationProgram temporarily suspended due to COVID-19
MCC-WSRFlower gardensFlower gardens throughout, plants selected to attract bees and pollinate the vegetables
MCC-WSRVegetable gardensCI Food Services donated seedsAdded 17,430 ft2 of garden space; grew 11,360 lbs. of produce; donated 6,565 lbs. and used 4,795 lbs.
MCC-SOUBeekeepingNorthwest District Beekeepers Association, Washington State Beekeepers Association14 certificates earned (7 Beginner, 7 Apprentice), 3 active hives
MCC-SOUVegetable gardensGrew 213 lbs. of vegetables and herbs; by summer’s end there was approx. 600 ft2 available for E Unit gardens. new heated greenhouse ~30 x 60; every living unit has garden space; flowers planted by SOU staff and incarcerated residents
MCC-SOUNature ImageryGaining interest from staff and incarcerated individuals; six regular users; recent success with offering it for anxiety management
MCC-SOUCat programPurrfect Pals25 kittens and 6 adult cats were fostered since Jan 2020; most have been adopted out. Over 900 cats have been adopted since 2006.
MCC-TRUBeekeepingNorthwest District Beekeepers Association, Washington State Beekeepers AssociationGraduated 2nd Beginner course July 2019 and immediately started next class; captured two wild swarms and have 6 hives; entered their honey at the Evergreen State Fair and won first place!
MCC-TRUGardensGrew ~386 lbs. for prison kitchen, donated 7,600 lbs. to local food banks and schools; every living unit has garden space; ~4,000 ft2 of gardens; lots of flower and pollinator plantings
MCC-TRUCommunity Aide Coalition: quilting, crochet, textile artsOver the Rainbow Fabrics, Dolly Haakenson, and clothing and textile advisors of Snohomish County donate materials; crafts donated to Interfaith Family Shelter, Westlake Shelter, Hope Crew, Swedish, Evergreen, Seattle Children’s and Providence Hospitals, Rainbow Center, Evergreen Hospice, Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, Summit Assistance Dogs, Holy Rosary Church, Rotary First Harvest, East Count and Monroe Senior Center and many, many others.The sewing group with Community Aide Coalition provided 5,184 hours and donated 120 quilts. The program converted to mask making for the incarcerated population, sewing over 7,000 cloth masks!
MCC-TRUDog training and adoptionSummit Assistance DogsProgram was suspended in March 2020 due to COVID-19. 4 dogs returned in Dec 2020 and are currently being trained.

Articles about MCC


Buzz about the bees: A chance to offer transformational education

Delighted by bees: SOU Beekeeping Program


Peer education created by and for incarcerated gardeners

First Place Honey!

Origin Story of a Compost Program

Growing a Gardening Curriculum

MCC-SOU graduates Beekeepers: their excitement is contagious!


UW & Prison Study Soil Health

Astrobiology for the Incarcerated – Washington

Recognizing a world-class program


Prison Shares Earthworm Wealth with Northwest Trek Wildlife Park


Sustainable Practices Lab at Washington State Reformatory

It was a Toad-ally Ribbiting Lecture with the Special Offenders Unit

SPP Internship on Reentry


Ideas Worth Spreading: “Turning Keys” in a Washington prison


Using Worms to Reduce Food Waste at Monroe Correctional Complex!