Stark County Farm Bureau partner in jail garden to benefit community

Buckeye Farm News: 2009 – A Year In Review

An innovative project at the Stark County Jail resulted in an educational opportunity for inmates and a long-term benefit for the clients of Meals on Wheels in Stark and Wayne counties. Under the guidance of Master Gardener volunteers from OSU Extension’s Stark County office and the Stark County Farm Bureau, non-violent inmates at the jail planted a vegetable garden. After the produce was harvested, it was delivered to Meals On Wheels, where it was used in meals prepared for its clients. Up to five supervised inmates worked in two hour shifts in the 30-foot by 90-foot garden located at the jail. Stark County Farm Bureau and Hartville Hardware provided financial assistance and equipment. “This is an exceptional use of people, land and natural resources,” said Organization Director Nick Kennedy. “It’s a great example of the positive impact agriculture has on the community, and we’re proud to support the program.”

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