Photos: Inmates do their part for downtown

Downtown’s new community garden got some help from an unlikely source Friday — the county jail.

More than two dozen raised garden beds, built by inmates in the Suffolk County Jail’s apprentice program, were delivered to the River & Roots community garden on West Main Street.

“The jail’s Vocational Training Program was established as a tool to reduce inmate recidivism in our communities,” according to a press release from the sheriff’s office announcing the event. “These frames will allow families to plant, grow and maintain gardens and flowers along the Peconic River Waterfront in Riverhead.”

The garden is currently under construction on a town-owned plot just south of West Main Street and Griffing Avenue.

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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Inmates Earrol Whitaker and Jay Topczewski unload one of the 25 4-by-6-foot cedar garden beds they built