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Pennington Co.'s ‘jail garden’ bringing in bountiful harvest

BOX ELDER (AP) — Officials at the Pennington County Jail say their unique “jail garden” has been a success for a second year.

The garden is a plot of land in Box Elder that’s tended to by inmates from the Pennington County Jail.

Over 3,300 pounds of produce was harvested last year and donated to area charities. County officials say last year’s success let them to triple the size of the garden this season.

Bill Atyeo doubles as a correctional officer and garden supervisor. Atyeo estimates that over 1,800 pounds of produce has already been harvested this year. He hopes to top 10,000 pounds before the growing season comes to an end.

The jail garden will be open to the public on Tuesday for those who would like a tour.