Franklin County Regional Jail starting inmate-run garden

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Franklin County Regional Jail

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Forget the orange jumpsuits — it’s a group with green thumbs that will soon color the grounds at the Franklin County Regional Jail.

Officials have broken ground on what will become an inmate-run garden just beside the jail facilities on Coffee Tree Road.

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The plowed area is just under an acre in size. Using low-risk state inmates for labor, they hope to grow as many food items as possible, including cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, green beans, zucchini, turnips, corn, watermelon, cantaloupe and peppers.

That food will then be harvested, vacuum-sealed and frozen until it’s finally used to supplement meals for those housed at the jail.

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Information from: The State Journal, http://www.state-journal.com

 

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