Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

Riverview Correctional Facility Harvest Goes to Children and Community

Horticulture Instructor C. Holmes and Correction Officers J. Bell, P. Bleau and K. O’Neill delivered over 380 pumpkins to Madill Elementary School and Kennedy Elementary school in Ogdensburg School District, Kindergarten and Second Grade classes at Lisbon School District, plus three additional elementary classes at Heuvelton Central School, and two classes at Morristown Central School.

Students were more than surprised and thankful for their own pumpkin. Inmates at Riverview planted the pumpkins in late spring and harvested them in October. DSS Caldwell encouraged the maintenance department at the facility to install water lines to ensure a large harvest in the fall. Obviously, it paid dividends!

This is the first year Riverview participated in the Harvest Now Program, a nationwide program that supplies correctional facilities with seeds to grow and harvest for the needy. Harvest Now provided $300 in vegetable seeds that were also planted in late spring. As a result, the facility Horticulture class harvested over 3 ½ tons of vegetables that were donated to the local Salvation Army Food Bank and the Ogdensburg Neighborhood Program. By far, this was the most productive season for vegetables and pumpkins!

Riverview has already been notified that it will receive another purchase of seeds in 2019 through the Harvest Now Program, and staff and inmates look forward to providing much needed nutritional supplements to those in need throughout the surrounding community.

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