It’s a tough dilemma. People are convicted of crimes that would normally result in a fine and court costs. Unfortunately, they don’t have the money for either. One judge in St. Clair County wanted to solve the problem by instituting more community service opportunities. The result? A community garden that will teach gardening techniques and feed the hungry—all while allowing people to complete their community service.
The garden came to fruition thanks to Liane Allen, 4-H program assistant in St. Clair County. Liane worked with 4-Hers and Master Gardener volunteers to set up a 50 x 80-foot fenced garden in a lot that would otherwise lay barren. The fruits—and vegetables—of their labor will be used to feed people who visit an area soup kitchen.
Read more in the Port Huron Times Herald.