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Microgreens program at Iowa State Penitentiary helps prisoners to self-sustain

The Iowa State Penitentiary at Fort Madison has a growing concern about food. Not long ago, ISP Correctional Trades Leader Sarah Rippenkroeger discovered a booth selling microgreens in Missouri, and she knew they would be good to grow in the ISP greenhouses. "I found a roadside fruit stand, and they had all these microgreens,” Rippenkroeger said. “I couldn’t believe how tasty they were, how small they were, the variety of uses for them.” 

Rippenkroeger returned to the Fort Madison prison, where a new greenhouse was up — the original was destroyed in a storm five years ago. “Last fall, we decided to put it back together. We had all the pieces, we just had to reassemble them,” she said. “We were trying to figure out what we could do with it, being too early to plant for the spring, but too late to plant for a fall crop. So, ‘Let’s grow those micro-greens.’”

Read more at Des Moines Register (Bob Saar)  


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