Airway Heights inmates produce veggies in prison gardens

Airway Heights inmates produce veggies in prison gardens

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KREM.com

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 30 at 9:13 AM

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. (AP) -- Inmates at a prison in eastern Washington are producing thousands of pounds of fresh vegetables this year.
 
Other media outlets report that Airway Heights Corrections Center has been expanding a gardening program that began in 2010. Along with a large kitchen garden, there are now three smaller gardens near cellblocks that are maintained by inmates in those areas.
 
Food services manager Mark Murphy estimates the prison will get about 25,000 pounds of fresh vegetables from the gardens this season. Kitchen workers use the produce to feed both inmates and staff. 
 
Along with the benefit of not needing to purchase that produce, prison officials say they believe the gardens have improved inmate attitudes and helped lessen violence.

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