Canada Reopens Penitentiary Farming Operations

Taylor Hillman Industry News Release

dairyCanada will reopen its penitentiary farms in Kingston, Ontario. The Canadian government announced the farm operation will include both dairy cows and dairy goats. A phased approach, slated to begin in Fiscal Year 2018-19, will be adopted to implement new models for penitentiary farm operations at two locations, with full implementation expected over the course of the next five years.

Canada says the reopening of the farms represents a renewal of the penitentiary farms model that includes additional technical skills certifications and community partnerships. A Correctional Service official says the plan will “further develop meaningful employment opportunities to help offenders successfully reintegrate into society.” Offenders will be involved in building and renovating necessary infrastructure as well as working to repair and rebuild farmland in the coming months to prepare for crops.


From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.