Thursday, February 5, 2015

Hoop Houses

In September CI launched a partnership with NMSU to bring Hoop Houses to the Penitentiary of New Mexico. This program provides the inmates with horticulture vocational training.  The first step in the process was for the inmates to build the hoop houses. They built four of them within two days.

The inmates then begin the dirty work as they filled planters with dirt, installed an irrigation system and then they begin planting winter greens. They planted lettuce, kale, spinach and swiss chard.

The fresh produce is used to supplement the Level II cafeteria menu.The benefits of this program are  it helps reduce food costs and it provides the inmates with a skill that they can use when they leave the Penitentiary.

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