As ground was being tilled by equipment furnished by Precinct 4, work began on a county jail vegetable garden located on county land just outside the Sulphur Springs City limits. Hopkins County Sheriff-elect Lewis Tatum is seeking to save the cost of inmate meals by planting a garden that will provide vegetables for the meals. He is also developing a program to raise hogs for meat to feed inmates at meal time.
An acre or more was being plowed Monday with County Precinct 4 equipment. He stated that work in the garden will be carried out daily by inmates under the supervision of Jailer Lee Glenn. Sheriff’s Officer Jase Anglin will oversee the project. The work is being copied after the garden program of the Texas prison system.
In September, inmates will plant peas. In the Spring okra, squash, peas, beans, and an assortment of vegetables will be planted. Tatum also plans to plant corn.