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BOSSIER PARISH INMATES PICK THEIR OWN VEGETABLES, Its Harvest Time at the Bossier Sheriffs Office

Posted: Jul 7, 2016 9:12 AM

Inmates at the Bossier Sheriff's Office Corrections Facilities began the harvest of peas this week at the "Pea Farm" on 23 acres of land near the Bossier Minimum Security Facility. The food they collect will then be used to feed some 1,400 inmates at the Bossier Parish corrections facilities in Plain Dealing.

About 26,000 pounds of other vegetables have already been harvested, and more will continue to be picked through the end of July into early August on another seven acres.

"The Pea Farm provides an opportunity for non-violent offenders to be productive and work in the field for the food that they and other inmates will eat," said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington. "It teaches some a trade, gives them a work ethic, and helps them take pride in what they do. After a good days work outside, they are ready to head back to the jail, settle down for the evening and get rested for the next day."

The Bossier Sheriff's Office began the Pea Farm in 1995. Planting for this season began in February, and the bulk of the harvest is the peas. Here are the totals for the harvest of the other vegetables, as of today:

Finished picking include:
•Corn: 3,500 ears
•Potatoes: 1,260 pounds
•Onions: 630 pounds

Still picking includes:
•Squash: 16,000 pounds
•Cucumbers: 3,000 pounds
•Tomatoes: 4,200 pounds
•Peppers: 250 pounds
•Okra: 360 pounds
•Cantaloupes: 300