University of Arkansas Teams Up with Sheriff’s Department to Develop Community Garden for Inmates

In *All, Youth, Family, & Communities by Courtney

“The Teaching Garden,” is a partnership between the Garland County Sheriff’s Department in Hot Springs, Arkansas and the University of Arkansas System Cooperative Extension Service. Together, they aim to provide inmates at the Garland County Detention Center with leadership opportunities, responsibility, teamwork exercises, and marketable skills during their time at the center.

The cycle of the garden’s usage begins in the spring, where Garland County Cooperative Extension Service agent Allen Bates leads horticulture classes. Once the course is over, he and his students move out into the garden and begin planting summer crops. Twice each week, they harvest the crops, which are then donated to charity or used in the detention center’s kitchen for meals.

The inmates, detention center management, and the University of Arkansas are all pleased with the way the program is going so far, and are excited for the program to grow. To learn more about how the garden works, read more here.


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