Some inmates at the Clare County Jail are gaining gardening skills while providing produce for themselves and a local soup kitchen.
The Morning Sun of Mount Pleasant reports that trusties tend the garden behind the jail and sheriff's department in Harrison. Corrections and jail officials monitor them as they aerate soil, weed and do other tasks needed to make the garden grow.
The tomatoes, beans, zucchini, jalapeno peppers, bell peppers, corn, potatoes, onions and cabbage feed the inmates and soup kitchen diners.
Sheriff John Wilson says that working out in the fresh air is just one benefit to the trusties who work the garden. Another is the skills gained for some working a garden for the first time.
The jail usually has about 180 inmates.