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Inmates at Inverness Jail grow vegetables for food bank

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office has added a new way for inmates at Inverness Jail to give back to the community.

On Thursday, they unveiled the Multnomah County Inverness Jail's inmate garden.

Last fall, 12 raised garden beds were built. After preparing the beds over the winter with a cover crop, inmate work crews planted and have been cultivating their first crop this spring.

Vegetables harvested from the garden will be donated to the Oregon Food Bank.

The program highlights the efforts underway at the jail that help reduce the human costs of incarceration. They are also offering a "Seed to Supper" class that promotes healthier, active lifestyles through gardening.  

The Sustainable Jail Project is an ongoing partnership between the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and the Multnomah County Office of Sustainability.

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