Inmates from the Robert E. Ellsworth Correctional Center in Union Grove have been participating in an early release program that calls for community service by working at the Racine Urban Garden Network's new community garden on the corner of 8th and Marquette.
About a dozen women inmates were helping out at the garden on Friday morning, their third week digging, weeding and spreading mulch. While many of the plots are spoken for by groups and individuals there are a number of “community” areas that will be beautified with donations of flowers and perennials and this is where their efforts have centered. This week, they were met by Alderman Jeff Coe, who provided donuts and coffee for their break.
A Youth As Resources grant has allowed RUGN to add a Childrens Garden. Children who would like to learn more about gardening are invited to join the first "groundbreaking" at the RUGN, 734 Marquette St., on Monday June 21, at 5 p.m.