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Inmates from 2 South Dakota prisons harvest 19 tons of produce for community organizations


YANKTON, South Dakota — Community organizations in southeastern South Dakota are receiving nearly 19 tons of fresh produce thanks to inmates at two state prisons.

The South Dakota Department of Corrections says inmates at Yankton Minimum Unit and Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield harvested about 37,800 pounds of produce this year.

Inmates in the horticulture program at Mike Durfee State Prison start growing the tomatoes and peppers. The vegetables are later transferred to a two-acre garden at the Yankton Minimum Unit. All other vegetables are grown from seed at the Yankton facility.

The produce is eventually given to organizations like nursing homes and churches throughout southeastern South Dakota.

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