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Utah County Inmates Use Their Green Thumbs

Utah County Inmates Use Their Green Thumbs

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SPANISH FORK, Utah (AP) -- If you see some inmates digging in Utah County, don't worry. They're NOT trying to fashion a tunnel for their escape.

Instead, they're just gardening.

The county converted more than two acres in Spanish Fork near the jail into the garden, with help from the Utah State University Extension Service in Utah County.

Utah County Jail inmates have harvested 40-thousand ears of corn, four-thousand pounds of tomatoes and 14-hundred pounds of peppers in the last three months.

Even though those were the most successful crops, they weren't the only ones. Inmates also grew everything from lettuce to turnips to pumpkins.

It was so successful that jail officials plan to make it bigger and better next year when they add grapes and maybe even a fruit orchard.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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