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NEWS RELEASE: Sheriff's Office, Public Works To Plant Fruit Trees For Sheriff's Office Garden - CEREMONY RESCHEDULED

Jesse Perry

Food Proceeds to be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank

Who:  Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, Metro Public Works, Metro Beautification, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
What:  Fruit tree planting at sheriff’s office food garden
Where: Offender Reentry Center (ORC), 5131 Harding Place, Nashville, Tennessee 37211
When:  April 22, 2013, 11 AM
The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) developed a Culinary Arts program several years ago to offer offenders skills that would assist them in obtaining employment upon release.  Each year, DCSO enhances the program and Metro Beautification, Metro Public Works and others are helping with this year’s improvements by donating fruit trees to the new food garden.
DCSO began a gardening and horticulture component recently that complements their current program recognizing the value in not only knowing how to “cook,” but also how to produce the product.  “We are excited to step into the next phase of our food program by teaching offenders how to plant and grow products that can be used in a kitchen.  For them to see something grow that they have cultivated and it, ultimately, be given to those in need will be a fantastic learning experience,” Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall said.  “We appreciate Metro Beautification’s donation to our effort.  It will go a long way in helping both offenders who participate in the program as well Second Harvest Food Bank.”
An integral component of this initiative is the collaboration with Second Harvest Food Bank, Community Food Advocates, and UT Extension.  DCSO plans to donate all food produced through the garden to Second Harvest Food Bank.  During the 2011/2012 fiscal year, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee distributed over food to over 400 Partner Agencies providing more than 16 million meals of food to hungry children, families and seniors throughout middle Tennessee.
The sheriff’s office garden and the new fruit trees are a great example of the Keep America Beautiful “Get Growing” initiative.  “Get Growing” is a collaborative effort between Keep American Beautiful and the US Department of Agriculture and has been embraced by over 1,200 KAB affiliates across the country.  Much like this garden, where fresh produce is shared with Second Harvest, “Get Growing” invites people to share their harvest with those in need.  “Over the coming months, Metro Beautification plans to encourage and support other community gardens in the “Get Growing” initiative,” said Veronica Frazier, Executive Director of Metro Beautification and Environment Commission.