Prison’s horticulture program helps Cape Vincent bloom

This village is once again in full bloom thanks to the partnership of its Improvement League and the Cape Vincent Correctional Facility’s vocational horticulture program.

Participants in the prison program learn basic greenhouse operations, garden maintenance, and retail and wholesale marketing. Many of the classes include agriculture and biological sciences with a focus on plant genetics, structures, and diseases.

According to an Improvement League news release, the program supports local municipalities, libraries, and garden clubs by starting flowers and vegetables from seeds and then donating them to organizations for planting. The plants and flowers beautify streetscapes, help populate gardens and feed our communities.

The facility’s gleaning garden has provided over 20,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables to local food pantries, according to the Improvement League. In addition, members of the program also plant hundreds of pumpkins for donation to local schools around the fall festivals and Halloween.

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