SICI garden off and growing

Rows of crops at SICI garden
Photos courtesy SICI Officer Joshua Stricklin

The Foodbank garden at South Idaho Correctional Institution is off to a great start.

“Potatoes, corn and squash all looking good so far,” says SICI Warden Steve Little. “We have nine acres planted and so far things are looking good.”

This is fifth year the Idaho Department of Correction has teamed up with the Idaho Foodbank to provide fresh produce for hungry Idaho families.

Last year’s garden produced 379,266 pounds of vegetables. That’s enough produce for 260,000 meals. The crop was so big the Idaho Foodbank was able to share the bounty with its counterparts in Utah, Montana and San Francisco.

The garden receives virtually no taxpayer funding. Everything is donated, from the seed that is planted in early spring to the use of the trucks which haul the produce to the foodbank's warehouse in the fa

Story published: 07/03/2014
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