It’s true! Utah State University Horticulture Extension runs a garden program here at the Salt Lake County Jail!

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Katie Wagner, an assistant horticulture professor, teaches these minimal security inmates how to grow organic vegetables, how to control pests in the garden, and what to keep an eye out for throughout the growing season through multiple classes at the jail.

This program allow the inmates to learn something valuable while ‘doing their time’ behind bars. They are rewarded by being allowed to take part in the program and work outside in the garden a few hours a week. Once harvesting begins, you will see a handful of them at the Downtown Farmers Market selling their produce. And trust me, it’s all delicious!

It’s not about making money for the prison, says Sgt. Mike Johnson, Salt Lake City Prison. Learn more about this program and the public tours they offer!