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Jail garden project teaches life lessons and career building skills



A Burke County gardening project is designed to help inmates learn life lessons and career-building skills.

Project Green began after Burke County Detention Center Counselor Patrick Finney saw a similar project at work in Chatham County and recognized the potential for success in Burke County, a...

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  1. When I was a teenager, I learned to cut and bale hay, mix mortar and lay brick and block, form, pour and finish concrete, repair internal combustion engines, frame wood structures, dig ditches and install drain and water pipes, and operate printing presses, wood and metal shop equipment, and foundry equipment. My parents, schools, and local farmers and businesses provided the opportunities to learn these skills. It’s a shame it’s not happening now until the kid ends up in jail. Anyway, the program is a good thing and should be expanded to include other marketable skills and trades – in contrast to Hardie Davis illegally paying a kid ~$50/hr to be his gopher and learn to scam and cheat.

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