Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC)

AreaProgramProgram Partners (partner with DOC, Evergreen, or both)Recent highlights – updated August 2019
MCC-WSRUComposting with Bugs: Worm Farm, Black Soldier Flies, BokashiUniversity Beyond Bars, Tilth Alliance, University of Washington Ecosystem Science Division5 technicians awarded composting certificates in past year; new pulper operational October 2019; expect food waste processing of 6,000+lbs/week, 312,000+lbs annually; priority is to feed worm farm and black soldier flies, remainder to Bokashi (7-34%); commercial food pulper now online, but repeated repairs needed5
MCC-WSRUCity of Monroe public flowersCity of Monroe donates materials, receives flowers and worm castingsGrew 1,392 begonias for City — new benches in greenhouse to hold 40,000 plant starts and need to complete electrical
MCC-WSRUGardening curriculum developmentSCCC, Institute for Applied Ecology, Oregon Food Bank3 technicians reviewed Seed to Supper text; 1 authored advanced topic chapter
MCC-WSRUSPL Roots of SuccessRoots of SuccessGraduated fifth class on April 2nd, 2019; 23 total grads so far; working on moving program so open to general population
MCC-WSRUSPL 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 OutIn 2018, restored 202, donated 162, recycled/scrapped 36
MCC-WSRUSPL Wheelchair programWheels for the WorldIn 2018, restored 454 wheelchairs, donated 658 (including some walkers and sets of crutches), recycled/scrapped 54.
MCC-WSRUSPL 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 MonroeIn 2018, created and donated 300 wooden toys and crafts
MCC-WSRUHouse plantsNew houseplants propagated and potted, three large carts full, for 4th floor/hospital area; decorative wood planters for some
MCC-WSRUBird habitatMultiple bird houses and hummingbird feeders around Education and Gate 7
MCC-WSRUWaste sorting & recyclingTechnicians receive education and training on sorting to support composting programs
MCC-WSRUWaste Water Treatment Certification
MCC-WSRUFlower gardensFlower gardens throughout, plants selected to attract bees and pollinate the vegetables
MCC-WSRUVegetable gardensCI Food Services donated seedsGrew 2,913 lbs for prison kitchen, vegetables and herbs; every living unit has garden space; 1.02 acres cultivated. Working with Evergreen on SPP gardening curriculum
MCC-SOUBeekeepingNorthwest District Beekeepers Association, Washington State Beekeepers AssociationGraduated 9 incarcerated beekeepers so far; great staff support; 2 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 Pals~100 cats in the last year, 900 cats 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 ~2700 lbs for prison kitchen; every living unit has garden space; ~4000 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.Created 140 quilts and over 400 knitted hats and scarves this year
MCC-TRUDog training and adoptionSummit Assistance Dogs9 dogs this year with 3 graduations

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!