Inmates Plant Orchard as Part of Gardening Program

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A western Kentucky jailer has taken a gardening program for inmates to a new level by adding a small orchard.

Hopkins County Jailer Joe Blue said inmates enrolled in a Master Gardener program have planted 30 apple trees on a quarter-acre site near the jail.

Blue told The Messenger that he decided to try the orchard after a vegetable garden that he started for inmates in 2006 showed so much success.

He says produce from the garden is used to offset the cost of feeding inmates; anything extra is donated to local charities.

Blue says he hopes the job skills the inmates learn in planting and caring for the trees will help them find employment after they are released.

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