Sunday, November 9, 2008

Will Prison Organic Farms Become New Trend?

"It's probably not news to anyone that family farms are on the decline, tragically so in some parts of our country. Yet, the organic farm movement is alive and well...and turns out that inew advocates are showing up in surprising places!

When I flipped to page 8 of yesterday's newspaper, this AP story grabbed my attention: Prisons now recycle, grow food. The story told how inmates of Cedar Creek Corrections Center in Littlerock, Washington, had harvested 8,000 pounds of organic vegetables this year. Taking full advantage of tcomposing, he natural companion to growing their food, inmates compost the wastes, helping to put live organisms back into the soil, thereby producing more nutritiously-grown foods. The minimum-security prison not only grows organic food and composts, they also raise bees."

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