Garden offers young offenders ���Seeds of Change'

A group of teens started donating produce this month to the Thurston County Food Bank.

THURSTON COUNTY, Wash. – Wrong decisions and stupid moves.

That’s how 17-year-old Trevor Lund explains his robbery and theft convictions from earlier this year. But over the summer he said he learned his lesson.

“I think I became a better person,” said Lund. “Using my intelligence for good.”

Instead of being locked up, Lund did his time working in the "Seeds of Change" garden behind the Thurston County Juvenile Detention Center. He’s one of more than 50 juvenile offenders who build the garden beds and helped grow produce now being donated to the county’s food bank.

“It’s our job to do the best that we can do to help them be successful,” said Thurston County Juvenile Corrections Officer Shane Pier.

In March, Pier started collecting donations from co-workers, companies, and even the military to get the garden started.

He said he’s seen attitudes change after offenders spend days in the garden. Pier said there’s no doubt the program is making the teens better citizens.

Some of the teens, like Lund, have returned to volunteer in the garden after meeting their community service obligations.

Lund said he likes the feeling he gets knowing he's helping someone.

“Putting your service into the community you messed up in the first place,” said Lund.

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