Bunker Hill, IN (August 29, 2017) – The staff and offenders at Miami Correctional Facility (MCF) have been busy this summer with planting, tilling, weeding, and growing their gardens. MCF has two gardens located on the property. This year the garden has been quite successful and by far the most plentiful. A variety of vegetables and herbs have been  planted to include cabbage, zucchini, bell peppers, cucumbers, green beans, and kale to name a few. A total of sixty flats were donated from local greenhouses including Cossell’s Creative Landscaping & Garden Center of Kokomo, Alders Feed Express of Kokomo, Garden Gate Greenhouse of Peru along with MCF’s Greenhouse. Approximately fifteen offenders that are enrolled in the U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship Landscape Management Technician Program have spent several hours working in the gardens along with correctional staff to ensure the success of the gardens.

A total of 270 pounds of vegetables and herbs have been donated to the Kokomo Rescue Mission thus far. The Kokomo Rescue Mission offers a women’s and men’s shelter along with outreach services. The mission offers a variety of ministries to the community, including feeding programs, Thanksgiving and Christmas events, and more.

The hope is for the garden to produce several more pounds of produce which will also be donated to the Kokomo Rescue Mission.  MCF Warden Kathy Griffin stated, “I am proud of all the effort and hard work put in from both the correctional staff and offenders that have managed the garden. We enjoy giving back to local communities and hope that the contributions made to the Kokomo Rescue Mission will help ease the burden to those in need.”