HOUSTON, Mo.-- -
The Texas county jail, which averages nearly 70 inmates at a time, has been saving taxpayers money and serving inmates healthier meals with a garden for a couple years. But they're now taking gardening to the next level.
During the warmer months, the kitchen at the Texas County jail turns out meals full of fresh vegetables, grown right outside the justice center walls. "I'm hoping to save the county some tax dollars," says Texas County Sheriff James Sigman.
Now, with the construction of a high tunnel, which is similar to a greenhouse, the growing season will be nine or ten months out of the year. "We can grow the cool season crops, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage," says Texas County Master Gardener Verlin Altom.
Texas County Master Gardeners Association, Downtown Houston Inc.,
USDA Rural Development, Texas County Sherriff's Department, and Texas County Commission have come together to make the $7,500 project possible.