Four Gadsden County jail inmates graduated with horticulture certificates at the University of Florida/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center last week.
Inmates learned horticulture skills through a combination of classroom instruction and job experience.
Classes were Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons with instructors using traditional lectures to teach inmates for one hour followed by outdoor activities for one hour where they learned practical job experience.
Training was organized into modules such as Plant Biology, Basic Landscape Care and Plant Propagation.
Knowledge gained through these programs, instructor Dr. Gary Knox of IFAS said, can lead to employment in the nursery and landscape industries.
This program was sponsored by the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, North Florida Research and Education Center and Annie Berry’s Faith Behind Bars initiative.
One inmate had been released just prior to the graduation.