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VPR Cafe: Providing Locally-Grown Food To Vermont Prison Kitchens

Hannah Palmer Egan
Cooking utensils in the kitchen pantry at Northeast Regional Correctional Facility in St. Johnsbury. The facility is one of two served by Green Mountain Farm-to-School.

Some of Vermont's prisoners are helping to prepare Vermont-raised foods for their fellow inmates as part of a new "farm-to-prison" program. Seven Days food writer Hannah Palmer Egan visited the VPR Cafe to talk more about it.

The food service that is used by some Vermont prison kitchens is run by a Newport-based organization, Green Mountain Farm-to-School

The group contracts with schools and hospitals statewide and the two prisons in the northeast of the state — Northeast Regional Correctional Center in St. Johnsbury and Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport. The program is called, "Green Mountain Farm Direct."

You can read more in Palmer Egan's Seven Days story, "Vermont Inmates Take to The Kitchen With Farm-to-Prison Program".

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