The Lewiston Tribune: Free to garden

Inmate works in garden
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By Kathy Hedberg, Lewiston Tribune

OROFINO - Inside the double wire fence topped with coils of razor-sharp concertina wire at Idaho State Correctional Institution here, lies a pleasing oasis that is bulging this time of year with the fruits of the labor of inmates.

For the seventh year in a row, a robust garden managed and tended by inmates has been producing fresh fruits and vegetables to supplant the otherwise ordinary diet of the nearly 570 minimum, medium and protective custody inmates here.

"They do this more for pride," said Margaret Hight, the food services supervisor at the prison. "They're outside; they're working and they produce an absolutely wonderful product."

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Story published: 08/23/2017
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