The first harvest of fresh vegetables has come in at the Logan County Detention Center, and soon inmates will be consuming what they grew themselves.
“Our gardening program is already helping save lot of money on food costs and offers inmates the opportunity to work outside planting, growing and harvesting food,” said Logan County Jailer Phil Gregory.
Some of the vegetables harvested have been onions, squash, greens, zucchini, and kohlrabi. Other vegetables growing include: corn, tomatoes, cabbage, turnips, green beans, egg plant and potatoes. Gregory says the jail can make soup out of some of the produce.
The half an acre plot, which is owned by the county, is located on Morgantown Road right down from the county’s road barn.
“The men and women at the detention center are all just tickled that they are able to grow their own food and then harvest it and eat it,” said Gregory. “I think this is a good program all around. It’s a win win. The inmates enjoy getting out in the garden. It is satisfying to them that they grew what they are eating. It is good therapy, I think, and teaches them a skill they can take with them when they are released.”
Gregory said it is a win for the taxpayers as well.
“Obviously the program is going to cut some of the food costs to the jail, thus saving the taxpayers money.”
Gregory said the program could not be a success if it were not for the support from the Logan County Fiscal Court for allowing the program, and the inmates themselves. Gregory added that Steve Timberlake, assistant jail chaplin, has been an instrumental part of the program as well. Timberlake oversees the garden program.