Jail Inmates Working a Summer Garden

June 6, 2007
Dwayne Page

The inmates are working a summer Garden.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says the garden is located on Highway 70 east of Smithville.

Ray said inmates have planted tomato plants along with squash, cucumbers, pepper and two kinds of beans. He is hoping that vegetables grown in the garden will help ease the cost of the food budget at the jail.

Sheriff Ray says four-to-six inmates work at a time, under supervision, in the garden. He says the prisoners seem to enjoy it as a way of giving something back to the county during their incarceration.

Sheriff Ray says Bobby Colvert has donated use of the land for the garden and Steve White did the ground preparation.

Ray said the only cost to the county was the purchase of seed and the jail already had a refurbished tiller and the hand tools necessary to work the garden.

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