Inmates at a Missouri state prison are nurturing a career in agriculture.
Ryan Ardis is an inmate at the Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston and was one of the first to enroll in the horticulture apprenticeship program at Amanzi Farms in Sikeston.
Steve Hamra is the founder, owner, and operator of Amanzi Farms in southeast Missouri’s Sikeston.
He says the program he operates with Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston has benefits for everyone involved.
Ardis and other low-level offenders are earning certifications after learning how to grow vegetables in a greenhouse that uses a hydroponic system.