Pennington County Sheriff's Office Garden Project In Full Swing

box elder, sd - Spring weather is finally here and many people are out getting their gardens ready. Each year the Pennington County sheriff's office has a garden project for the inmates. 

The two and a half acre garden may not look like much now, but in a few weeks it will be in full bloom. Supervisors Bill Atyeo and Leo Spear, along with six Pennington County inmates have been hard at work planting produce.

"We've got about 2,000 onions planted, finishing up 200 pounds of potatoes, we've got some peas, radishes, beets planted, going to plant corn," Spear said.

While they have a lot done so far, it's a later start than usual.

"We're about a month behind, last year we were out here the first week of March getting things ready, and this year we had snow and frozen ground," Atyeo said.

Atyeo and Spear teach the inmates how to plant and take care of the garden.

"Hopefully we do a lot of teaching out here too, we teach them how to plant, these people that come out here have never planted a garden or have limited knowledge on it, and we cook some of the stuff for them," Atyeo said.

While it's only the beginning of the growing season, this garden will produce about 12,000 pounds of produce for the jail.

"Right now it's looking pretty good, as long as we keep getting some rain," Atyeo said.

Inmates work at the garden every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. They also grow pumpkins and give them away in the fall.

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