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Offenders provide for food pantries

July 20, 2010

Rick Walters, community service crew leader who supervises the workers, said in addition to the corn, the crews planted 40 tomato plants, 30 rows of onions, 36 cabbage plants, green beans and zucchini this year. About 30 to 40 people on juvenile or adult probation work in the garden.

“They are working hard today,” Walters said. “They’ve been here since 8 a.m. rototilling and weeding.”

By participating in the planting, weeding, harvesting or delivering of produce from the garden, the crew members complete court-ordered community service requirements and work off restitution and fines. Three people on juvenile probation were working in the garden on Tuesday. Their names cannot be released because of their ages.

“I’ve been doing community service for a year,” said the young woman. “I don’t like it. I have only 20 hours more to pay my fines off.”

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