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Lewis County jail garden donates 350 pounds of food

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LOWVILLE — More than 350 pounds of fresh produce was delivered to area food pantries last month, all grown in Lewis County’s jail garden.

The program, in its second year, was started by Sheriff Michael P. Carpinelli, who oversaw the gardening, weeding and harvesting last year. Vegetables were served to the inmates, with the large harvest at the end of the season given to the pantries.

This year, the program was led by Sgt. William Coffman and Deputy Wayne Lampman.

“Everyone did a great job,” Sheriff Carpinelli said. “The garden did very well.”

In addition to doubling in size from last season, the garden increased the variety of vegetables grown. Swiss chard was a new addition and a favorite of the inmates.

“They ate a lot of that,” Sheriff Carpinelli said.

Daniel N. Taylor, Lowville Food Pantry chief executive officer, said the donation came at a perfect time.

“Most of it was gone by the end of the week. It came at just the right time. The end of the month is when we are the busiest,” he said.

The pantry always will accept the donation of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Sheriff Carpinelli said the program will continue and if space allows, he’d like to increase the size of the garden again.

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