Escambia Road Prison Grows Over 40 Tons Of Food For Inmates – Including This 134 LB Watermelon

August 31, 2019

In the last 10 months, the Escambia County Road Prison work camp in Cantonment has produced over 40 tons of fruits, vegetables and fish used to feed inmates and save taxpayer dollars.

The facility has grown over 80,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables in the last 10 months, including a 134 pound watermelon, at the facility on Highway 297A.

Inmates who work at the Road Prison camp also typically produce thousands of pounds of tilapia annually through an aquaculture program that’s been in operation for almost a decade.

Pictured top: Escambia County Road Prison Officers Larry Meacham and Robert Olive with a 134 pound watermelon, just a small part of over 80 tons of food grown at the facility. Photos for, click to enlarge.


10 Responses to “Escambia Road Prison Grows Over 40 Tons Of Food For Inmates – Including This 134 LB Watermelon”

  1. Robin on September 6th, 2019 12:15 am

    This is great! Now if they could have chickens and bees that would be even better.

  2. Janna S Romine on September 2nd, 2019 2:35 pm

    Now if only the State prisons would do this! Win-Win

  3. Thankful on August 31st, 2019 10:48 pm

    It’s refreshing to read a positive article as this. I wish more of our local journalists & media outlets would follow your lead. Of course, we want the news/truth; but it’s also nice to read how something good is going on in our local justice department.
    Thank you again for this GREAT article!

  4. G.Daniels on August 31st, 2019 6:36 pm

    Meacham you know Neal isn’t going to be happy that you made the news and he didn’t.

  5. Friends on August 31st, 2019 5:28 pm

    Why is Larry the only one sweating? Guess we know who’s doing all the work out there. Lol good job Larry!!! Oliver you need to run with the dogs more often… just kidding.

  6. Laughing on August 31st, 2019 2:36 pm

    Looks like Robert swallowed one those seeds.

  7. Allen Knutson on August 31st, 2019 9:41 am

    Robert did you change your name to match your uniform (Olive Green) I think Mr. Green Jeans would have been better but you and Larry are still doing a great job out there keep it going or should I say Growing. Thanks

  8. Sedition on August 31st, 2019 8:55 am

    Very cool. Not only are they more self sufficient, but they are learning skills that they might be able to use when released. Maybe it will help keep them from returning to the Greybar Hotel.

  9. Happy to hear on August 31st, 2019 8:50 am

    This is awesome to hear about, and a great way to save a little of the taxpayers money. Awesome!!

  10. Anne on August 31st, 2019 8:19 am

    Amazing use for the time being served by inmates at Escambia County Road Prison. This is Good News in a less than best situation.

    Makes me wonder why that “Fish Hatchery” that was once planned for the Pensacola Bay waterfront wasn’t actually constructed in an area where these inmates could find work there. Something like that could be a huge benefit to many.

    THAT is One Huge Watermelon……pass us a slice and a shaker of salt.
    Good Job to ALL of you there.