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Special to the DailyInmates from the Summit County Jail participate in a trial run of what has been dubbed 'Operation Produce.' The program was developed as a way to provide inmates with fresh produce in addition to reducing food costs for the jail.
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SUMMIT COUNTY – Inmates from the Summit County Jail traveled to Miller Farms in Platteville, Colo., last Saturday to participate in a trial run of what has been dubbed “Operation Produce.”

The brainchild of Capt. Erik Bourgerie, the program was developed as a way to provide inmates with fresh produce in addition to reducing food costs for the jail. Five inmates were transported to Platteville for a four-hour harvesting session that resulted in 400-500 pounds of fresh produce for use in the Summit County Jail kitchen. At a cost of $10 per person for harvesting, it is estimated the trip saved approximately $400 in food costs. The jail is investigating additional local farms to partner with for the future.


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