Garden-Fresh Produce for the Poor, From Prison Farms

TYLER — One steamy morning earlier this month, four men in black and white jail uniforms bent over rows of scorched plants, plucking handfuls of tomatoes and gently placing them in five-gallon buckets.

“It’s been a blessing for me,” said Frank Meadows, a 36-year-old linebacker-size man serving time in the Smith County Jail for offenses that include failing to pay child support.

“I’d rather be out here and get to eat some of these tomatoes,” he said, his face glistening with sweat.

The four-acre garden situated behind a concrete plant here is a result of one of several partnerships statewide between food banks and correctional facilities in which inmates tend fields that provide ...

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