HUNTINGTON COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) - Inmates at the Huntington County Jail have planted a garden aimed at not only producing vegetables, but preventing them from repeating criminal behavior.
This summer marks the second year for the garden at the jail, which grows cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, and several other fruits and vegetables.
All of the plants and seeds were donated to the jail this year. Sheriff Terry Stoffel says the garden is virtually no cost to his department, and it even saved them money last year after the garden yielded two to three months worth of produce.
Officers at the jail pick women inmates who have earned the right to take care of the garden.
"It just makes you remember that there is a world out here and it makes you really want to do better and to actually change and come back out into the world and do things like gardening. It kind of gives you a new perspective on life," said Heather Heath, an inmate who is incarcerated for theft.
Volunteers from Life Church in Huntington help coordinate the gardening. They also interact with the inmates two to three times per week.
"We just want to work beside them and talk to them and learn about their lives and hopefully there's something that we say to them that could make a difference," said Jennifer Eller, a volunteer from Life Church.
This year, volunteers and inmates have planted more fruits and vegetables and hope to have an even larger yield.
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