- Associated Press - Monday, August 7, 2017

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - A prison’s community garden in eastern Indiana is helping fill food pantries in the area with fresh produce.

The Wabash Valley Correctional Facility’s garden is providing six nonprofits in Sullivan, Vigo, Greene and Knox counties with produce, including tomatoes, corn, onions, cabbage, peppers and potatoes, the Tribune-Star reported . The prison is looking for more organizations to help due to this year’s plentiful harvest.

Garden manager Bill Spurlin said the harvest will continue until the end of the month. He said some produce, such as carrots, beets and turnips, will be harvested through October.

Community service director Breanna Trimble said the facility sometimes can deliver the produce.

Helping His Hands Disaster Response in Vincennes is one of the organizations working with the prison.

“This is a huge blessing for us and the families we help,” said Scott Shipman, the organization’s director. “We want to be able to give healthy food out to the families, so this partnership is an amazing blessing for us.”

Inmate Ryan Osowski works in the garden about three days a week. He said almost 20 inmates work on the garden.

“It’s not just working out for us, it’s doing something for the people out there, and that makes me feel good about working out here,” Osowski said.


Information from: Tribune-Star, https://www.tribstar.com

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