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WCF Garden program donates produce to local pantry

by David Thompson last modified Oct 11, 2022 01:30 PM
WCF Residents learn to become Master Gardener while donating harvested produce to local food pantry

Winfield Correctional Facility's Garden Program is sprouting like a prized sweet potato. The program has harvested more than a thousand pounds of produce since it began earlier this summer. Most of the residents taking part in the program have never worked in a garden. With the help of volunteers from the K-State Ag Extension office in Cowley County, Nine residents are the first to undergo a program tailored after the Master Gardener program of K-State. After building 12 beds of gardens in June, the organically managed gardens with no pesticides or fertilizers, are yielding produce that include radishes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, three varieties of basil, zucchini, yellow squash, spaghetti squash, watermelons, cantaloupe, honeydew melons, okra, cucumbers, sunflowers, lettuce, dill, cilantro, and a variety of peppers. The residents are pulling the plants that are done and prepping to plant fall and harvest winter crops like Swiss chard, carrots, beets, radishes, lettuce, kale, and more pumpkins.

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