New season underway at SICI’s Pleasant Valley Farm

Foodbank staff member holds beets

Inmates will soon be harvesting the first produce of the year at the Pleasant Valley Farm at South Idaho Correctional Institution.

The farm’s crew has started thinning the beet crop. This photo shows Don Brown, the Idaho Foodbank’s food sourcing developer, with some of beets that have come in.

The Pleasant Valley Farm covers about 10 acres.  This is the eighth year the Idaho Department of Correction has teamed up with the Idaho Foodbank to grow fresh produce for hungry Idaho families. 

In addition to beets, this year inmates are growing watermelon, cantaloupe and squash.

Inmates expect to be harvesting fresh produce through the end of October.

Story published: 07/15/2019
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