Second year for jail garden


By Chris Cooper - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com



Photo submitted Inmates working in the garden.


Photo submitted Tilling the garden to prepare for planting.


Photo submitted Water is a necessity when growing a garden. Pictured is an inmate getting the water ready for the irrigation system put in by Brad Rogers.


The Logan County Detention Center Gardening program has kicked off its second year. This time around the garden will produce mostly potatoes, cabbage and tomatoes. The detention center recently hired a new food service provider who suggested sticking to those three.

Jailer Phil Gregory began the garden to allow the inmates to produce some of what they eat, and to teach responsibility and hopefully a skill they can take with them when they get out of jail.

“I really like the idea of a garden for the jail. It is something that is done at other jails and is a great success,” Gregory said. “So far it has been a success for us as well.”

The gardening program is already helping save a lot of money on food costs and offers inmates the opportunity to work outside planting, growing and harvesting food.

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 tickled that they are able to grow their own food and then harvest it and eat it,” said Gregory. “The inmates enjoy getting out in the garden. It is satisfying to them that they grew what they are eating. It is good therapy.”

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. Others have helped as well.

“I want to thank Brad Rogers and Scotty Harper for helping in the jail garden,” said Gregory. “I also want to thank Brian Estes of the Logan County High School FFA for providing plants for the garden. We have good community support.”

Photo submitted Inmates working in the garden.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_IMG_0559.jpgPhoto submitted Inmates working in the garden.

Photo submitted Tilling the garden to prepare for planting.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_IMG_0558.jpgPhoto submitted Tilling the garden to prepare for planting.

Photo submitted Water is a necessity when growing a garden. Pictured is an inmate getting the water ready for the irrigation system put in by Brad Rogers.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_IMG_0557.jpgPhoto submitted Water is a necessity when growing a garden. Pictured is an inmate getting the water ready for the irrigation system put in by Brad Rogers.

By Chris Cooper

ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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