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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Sheriff's garden planted for seventh year

  • Sunshine and the smell of freshly tilled dirt beats the odors of indoor living any day.
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  • Sunshine and the smell of freshly tilled dirt beats the odors of indoor living any day.
    Monday, four selected inmates of the Saline County Detention Center were enjoying the great outdoors, but they were working for it.
    The Saline County Sheriff’s garden was off to a great start with planting started and newly turned earth yet to plant.
    The garden is a tradition started by Keith Brown and continued successfully for seven years. It provides food for the jail and local charities and gives the inmates something to productive to do with their time.
    According to Jail Administrator Brian Bennett the program is good for everyone and the Christian Community Compassion Center, the jail and the Golden Circle get fresh produce in the bargain.
    The seed comes from a local store and is funded as service work, only one guard is needed for daily work crew supervision and the inmates love it. Being outside is a real blessing compared to being confined.
    “The menu consists of corn, green beans, squash, peppers, tomatoes and when I say peppers, I mean all kinds,” said Bennett.
    “The produce is as good as any you would get anywhere else. When it starts producing we will have enough for everyone,” he said.
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