Greenhouse for prison inmates opened in Midwest

The completion of the 2,800-square-foot Midwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility Greenhouse was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 8 at the greenhouse off Sabalu Road.

The $300,000 greenhouse project was first led by the Department of Public Works and former Vocational Agricultural Program NCOIC retired Staff Sgt. David Resor, then DPW Construction Representative Michael Gregg oversaw the project to completion.

Lt. Col. Corrie Hanson, who opened the ceremony, said the greenhouse is significant to the unit because of the opportunities it creates with the prison and that it has taken the tenure of five battalion commanders to see the project to fruition. I think the most important thing is that it helps provide vocational training opportunities for some of our inmate population,” said Hanson. “It’s incredible that we’ve gotten to this point.”

Currently, three inmates and other members of the unit are growing plants in the greenhouse. Inmates can become involved in the vocational greenhouse program after they achieve the appropriate means of custody. Produce harvested from the greenhouse will be sold in the USDB Sales Store.

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