County farm is yielding vital ‘crops’

Published 11:09 am Friday, August 31, 2012

Just like the crops planted there, the Lawrence County Work Farm’s success — and the praise those operating it deserve — continues to grow.

This project, just a few months old, is the shining example of what can happen when government and other community agencies get it right.

Some of the most divisive factors — politics, ego and who gets to take credit — aren’t even part of the equation and we should all hope it stays that way.

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For those who haven’t heard of it, the farm allows some jail certain inmates and others in the work-release program to work acres of tomatoes, beans, corn, potatoes and much more. These crops are then distributed to the county jail, the juvenile center, STAR Community Justice Center, the county senior center and several local food banks.

The goals are to reduce overcrowding at the jail and cut food costs at those county facilities.

It is working.

So far, officials say that the more than seven tons of food have translated to more than $17,000 in produce that won’t have to be purchased by these agencies.

Not only is more still growing this summer, but the full 50 acres will be utilized next year.

The Lawrence County Work Farm is yielding many valuable crops, the most important of which may be the progressive thinking and growing partnerships between agencies.