Local Inmates Discover Their Green Thumbs

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

[UPDATED 03/16 at 6PM]

The Thomas County prison garden has officially been planted.

Squash, corn, okra, and tomatoes are just a few of the crops master gardeners teamed up with inmates and prison staff to plant today (3/16).

Program participants say the garden -- which has been 'growing' strong for three years -- provides more than just fresh produce for the prisoners.

Says prison warden Robert Geer, "It just shows them that you can start over ... you plant a seed and start over in your life, you know, and see something grow from it positively."

Inmates say they're happy to be outside and getting exercise on the three-plus acre patch.

Prison staff say many of the men behind bars have little knowledge of agriculture, and they enjoy seeing the inmates learn new skills that will help them in the future.

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Thomas County, Georgia --

The prison will begin planting its garden Wednesday morning (3/16), but Warden Bobby Geer says prep work for the annual project has been on going for the past few days.

Prison staff say lowering grocery bills, increasing the variety of fresh produce in meals, and rehabilitating inmates are some of the benefits the garden provides.

They say corn, tomatoes, and collard greens are just a few of the vegetables prisoners will enjoy in the coming months.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2011 at 11:00 AM
    Tax payer...How will it cost the taxpayer more if they grow their own food...and please supply support for your answer...if you can.
  • by t'ville Location: t'ville on Mar 16, 2011 at 10:36 AM
    Great story!
  • by tax payer Location: ga on Mar 15, 2011 at 08:47 PM
    just do it--where is the punishment? the food will be better quality than the trash that is in our groshery stores. they are free instead of being locked up. the punishment is on the tax payers. it will cost us more money than if we bought the food. BUT IT IS GOOD.
  • by just do it on Mar 15, 2011 at 02:54 PM
    Heck yes, make them grow their own food...
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