Garden offering opportunities for inmates, community

It’s not a new idea, but McCracken County Jailer Bill Adams told Local 6 a garden is a new opportunity for inmates to learn.

Inmates will be working a patch of ground directly behind the jail and four lots the city owns a couple of blocks away. Adams says they’ll grow a little bit of everything: tomatoes, squash, okra, green beans, lima beans and more.

“Things we use every day, we’ll grow,” he said.

The food service will be able to use the food, which will cut costs some, but Adams said that’s not the only benefit.

“Whether it will be a money saver, we don’t know, but it’s a project,” he said. “It’s a project to get the inmates out.”

Patrick Smith is one of those inmates. He said he was glad to hear about the garden and jumped at the chance to work in it. 

“For one, it gives you the chance to get some fresh air,” Smith said. “For me I think that’s more of anything it helps the day go by a lot faster.” 

With about 200 tomato plants in the ground already, there’s plenty to do. And chances are there will be extras. Adams said what they can’t use will be donated to local food pantries.

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