Harvesting has begun at the Izard County Detention Facility’s inmate garden. Some potatoes were harvested last week and additional potatoes have been planted for later harvest. Onions have been harvested as well as some of the cucumbers. Cauliflower still in the making and squash is expected to be harvested soon. Tomatoes are expected to come off with the next few days.
The inmate garden has been an annual project for the past several years. Trustees under the supervision of Chief Deputy Earnie Blackley prepare the ground for planting ,seed the garden, weed it. and harvest all the produce. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said this a tremendous savings in inmate food cost. The sheriff said year to date food cost is 58.2 cents per meal per inmate.
Pictured are some of the potatoes being readied for bagging. A substantial amount have already been bagged
News Release, For Immediate Release, June 2, 2015, POC: Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 8703684203
Note: Picture of potatoes provided