Plenty of Pumpkins

Karnet Prison Farm donates two thousand kilos

More than two thousand kilograms of pumpkins grown at the Karnet Prison Farm have been donated to us to help feed Western Australian families in need.

For many years now, Karnet Prison has donated excess pumpkins for distribution through our network, supporting other food donations.

Department of Justice Primary Production Coordinator, Kevin Binning, said the Department was pleased to be able to help families who are experiencing hard times, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility commitment.

“Prisoners at Karnet recently completed the bumper 2022 pumpkin harvest, most of which is consumed within the WA prison system,” Mr Binning said.

“The donated pumpkins were the smallest of the crop, in the two-to-three-kilogram range, making them less suitable for processing at the Casuarina Prison vegetable preparation facility, but an ideal family size. 

“These Sampson variety pumpkins are small but still very good quality. Pumpkins are very versatile in the kitchen, so we hope they bring a lot of culinary joy to the families who receive them.”

a sample slice of pumpkin from Karnet Prison Farm

The pumpkins have been distributed to our branches for people struggling to put food on the table.

“The Department is thrilled to be in a position to help such a worthy cause,” Mr Binning said.

Karnet’s pumpkin crop is one of many primary products that WA’s prison farms contribute to self-sustainability for Corrective Services facilities and savings for taxpayers.

For prisoners at Karnet there’s a strong focus on rehabilitation and release preparation. By working on the farm, prisoners are provided with opportunities to develop work and life skills through a range of vocational and skills training.

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