Sheriff Connie Smith deserves great accolades for her recent decision to have the inmates put in a garden at the Rappahannock County Jail in Washington. Not only will the garden provide fresh produce for the inmates, but it will save taxpayer money. The garden will be an opportunity for trusted inmates to do something constructive with their time. Sheriff Smith was quoted as saying that extra produce will be contributed to the local food pantry.
Once again, Rappahannock County is setting the standard for other counties in the local food movement. Rappahannock County has a garden program at the high school and now at the jail. It would be great if other counties would follow Rappahannock’s lead. The benefits of such local programs are extensive.
Sheriff Smith’s garden initiative should be used as a template for other sheriff’s offices across Virginia and nationwide.
Sheriff Smith should be commended for her leadership.