East Texas Food Bank Garden
In partnership with the Smith County Sheriff's Office and the Smith County Agricultural Extension Office, the East Texas Food Bank has two community gardens which are planted, maintaned and harvest by Smith County inmates. The idea was a vision of former Smith County Sheriff J.B. Smith, who wanted to provide an additional source of fresh produce for hungry East Texans. Since it's origination in 2010, the garden project has provided more than 200,000 pounds of fresh-high quality produce to the East Texas Food Bank.
The first garden, located on approximately four acres of land in southern Smith County, has produced a variety of produce including potatoes, tomatoes, peas and squash for distribution by the East Texas Food Bank. Smith County inmates prepare, plant, maintain and harvest the garden on a year-round basis.
In 2013, the East Texas Food Bank broke ground on a new garden site located on five acres of land near the Flint Baptist Church in Smith County. With the addition of this site, the gardens occupy approximately ten acres of land.