Last Friday, Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell used his personal Kubota tractor to help expedite preparation of the sheriff's office garden. Inmates originally broke ground on the 22,500 sq. ft. garden in late March.
Cassell said sweet corn and a variety of beans have been planted and as soon as the latest cold snap passes more vegetables including tomatoes, peas and peppers will be planted. The garden is being maintained by inmates at the Searcy County Detention Center.
Cassell emphasized the fact that the garden will help maintain food costs at the jail while allowing inmates the opportunity to get fresh air and exercise.