Marion County Jail garden runs out of water



SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A garden operated by Marion County jail inmates has dried up.

The Statesman Journal reports there’s no water to irrigate the nearly 6-acre plot where inmates grew corn, tomatoes, squash and other vegetables and fruits. They donated nearly 150,000 pounds of produce in the past five years to Marion-Polk Food Share.

The garden had been receiving water from nearby land farmed by the Santiam Correctional Institution. But the Department of Corrections shut down the pumps when the Legislature authorized it to sell the land for a business development.

The sheriff’s office doesn’t have the money for water, so the jail garden is now covered with weeds.


Information from: Statesman Journal,