Angelina County inmates plant garden for personal use - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Angelina County inmates plant garden for personal use

Posted: Updated:
Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

When the sun is out, Angelina County inmates are out; tending to their garden.

"It's rewarding," Inmate Jason Vinson said.  [It's] not only growing the vegetables but we get to eat it and we get sunshine."

They are working to bring food to the jail.

"These men really enjoy being able to work and be productive," correctional officer Joe Stanley said.

It's not just a little project. The garden is two acres with plenty to choose from.

"We've got one-third acre of corn planted," Stanley said. "We've got purple hull peas. We've got zipper cream peas. We've got pinto. We've got okra, tomato, cucumber, squash, pepper and we even got watermelon."

"You can't beat fresh vegetables," Vinson said. "We were all raised on them."

The men work in unison, knowing they are accomplishing a goal.

"We all have the same morals and ethics," Vinson said. "It's just one team."

"That's what life is about; hard work and when you do hard work there is good results that come out of that," Sheriff Greg Sanches said.

The plan is for the food to be used inside the jail for daily meals which means once the vegetables start to roll in.

"We are going to save the tax payers a little money," Vinson said.

The program has been such huge success that jail officials have had to turn inmates away.

"I probably have 200 applications in there," Stanley said. "Everybody wants to come out and work the garden."

Next year, the warden hopes to be able to expand the garden so more work can be shared with other inmates.

Copyright 2014 KTRE. All rights reserved.

  • East Texas NewsMore>>

  • Texas man's life celebrated in Lufkin Mural

    Texas man's life celebrated in Lufkin Mural

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:20 AM EDT2014-08-01 04:20:32 GMT
    Source: KTRE StaffSource: KTRE Staff
    Durell Gray is one of a few people whose picture graces a wall in downtown Lufkin. His picture sits at the corner of Frank and First Street.So how did the now 86-year-old man get his picture painted on a wall scene by hundreds every day? It all started while Gray worked as a lineman for the Lufkin Conroe Telephone Company. He said one day he received a letter in the mail from his employer asking for his help."They contacted us asking us if any lineman had picture with their gear on," Gray sai...More >>
    Durell Gray is one of a few people whose picture graces a wall in downtown Lufkin. His picture sits at the corner of Frank and First Street.So how did the now 86-year-old man get his picture painted on a wall scene by hundreds every day? It all started while Gray worked as a lineman for the Lufkin Conroe Telephone Company. He said one day he received a letter in the mail from his employer asking for his help."They contacted us asking us if any lineman had picture with their gear on," Gray sai...More >>
  • Puppies found in hot car, up for adoption

    Puppies found in hot car, up for adoption

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:36 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:36:40 GMT
    The six pit bull puppies found in a hot car on Monday will soon be put up for adoption.More >>
    The six pit bull puppies found in a hot car on Monday will soon be put up for adoption.More >>
  • Hudson couple builds family home out of Styrofoam

    Hudson couple builds family home out of Styrofoam

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:10:51 GMT
    The start of the Cockrell's family home The start of the Cockrell's family home
    A Hudson couple is taking a unique spin on home building by using an environmentally friendly method to build their family home.More >>
    A Hudson couple is taking a unique spin on home building by using an environmentally friendly method to build their family home.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
KTRE logo

KTRE

358 TV Road,
Pollok TX 75969

FCC Public File
publicfile@ktre.com
936-853-8639
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTRE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.