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Chickasaw County inmates receive gardening lessons

(Susan Parker)
(Susan Parker)
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Updated: 8/05/2013 3:08 pm
HOUSTON, Miss. (WTVA) -- How do you grow the best tomatoes?

Just ask a Chickasaw County Correctional Facility inmate.

Prisoners have begun taking horticulture classes.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is teaching inmates how to grow vegetables.

Jail officials want prisoners to become skilled at growing a variety of vegetables.

"Jobs are hard to come by, so if they can produce some of their own food it will save them in costs," Warden Brand Huffman said.

The program will also include instruction on how to grow flowers and shrubs.

The plants they grow for beautification purposes will be donated to municipalities within Chickasaw County.
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