Greenhouse farming at the Tamarind Farm Adult Correctional Centre bears fruit

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Tamarind Farm Adult Correctional Centre in St. Catherine is reaping the benefits of a greenhouse which was donated by Carib Cement in March 2016.

Correctional Officer Linton Campbell who is in charge of the greenhouse says the Correctional Centre has been benefiting greatly from crops grown in it.

Mr. Campbell stated that the greenhouse produces up to 300 pounds of Lettuce and 150 pounds of Pak Choi every three weeks. He also stated that Green Peppers take six months to become full size after which the yield could be up to 80 pounds per week.

According to Superintendent Leslie Campbell who is in charge of the Correctional Centre the Facility is very proud of their greenhouse and sees it as an integral part of their farming thrust. Superintendent Campbell is hoping to expand on the greenhouse farming activities in the near future. He also explained that it's a key part of rehabilitation as inmates learn a new farming technique that they can utilize when they return to society.

The crops produced in the greenhouse are used in the inmates diet as a part of the Department of Correctional Services goal to be self-sufficient in food production.