Racine Correctional Institution inmates Toby Van Den Berg, right, and
Gerald Foster help each other with a box of
produce before carrying it to the garden gate during an evening of picking.
By the second week in September, the garden had contributed more than four
tons of produce to Racine-area food pantries, including about 1,800 pounds of
tomatoes. 'It's something that I never experienced before -- you know, coming
out here, working every day, picking, seeing the tomatoes turn. When I first
came out here, this was just still a baby, just like these here,' Foster
says, bending over some late snap beans. 'I've seen them grow.'