Virginia Beach jail inmates tending new garden

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Associated Press

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 1:39 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Inmates at the Virginia Beach Correctional Center are tending a new vegetable garden.

Under deputies' supervision, the low-risk inmates planted tomatoes, cucumbers and string beans in the garden last month. If everything goes well, the quarter-acre plot will yield some fresh vegetables for the jail's menu.

Sheriff Ken Stolle says it costs Virginia Beach about $4,000 daily to feed the jail's roughly 1,300 inmates. If the garden goes well, Stolle wants to expand the project to 2 acres. A private donor also has given the jail a greenhouse — which can be used to grow winter produce.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://www.pilotonline.com

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