K-State Garden for Good: Inmates Finding Peace, Helping Community
The Hutchinson Correctional Facility boasts about one and one-half acres of neatly-kept rows of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, potatoes and other produce to greet visitors. The Garden for Good project offers a positive outlet from the harsh realities of life behind bars for inmates. The prison’s administration approved a proposal for the project, provided the land, and helped to set up classes with K-State Research and Extension’s Master Gardeners program. In 2012, the Garden for Good donated more than 6,700 pounds of produce and $2,500 to such community groups as the Christian soup kitchen and the food bank of Reno County. This year, the group set a goal to donate 10,000 pounds of produce, and donate $5,000 to area groups.