Food & Agriculture

Farming enables inmates to develop vocational skills and character in a work environment that is often unfamiliar in an urban society.

Correction Enterprises farming operations have evolved in response to the changing needs of the stateís government and residents. The 7,300 acre Caledonia Farm in Halifax County is a cornerstone for Correction Enterprises' food and agriculture services. Caledonia has been involved in many ventures with North Carolina State University and the adjunct Extension Service involving animal husbandry and crop science. Caledonia produces a variety of vegtables and crops for cannery consumption and open market distribution. The egg layer operation has for many years annually produced over 15 million eggs.

Since 1993, several new successful ventures have been established including four broiler houses that produce 600,000 broiler chickens annually at Odom Farm. In 1995, the Caledonia Farm began raising daylilies for the NCDOTís Roadside Beautification Program. Also in 1995, Fresh Vegetable Distribution operations were established at Caledonia in a partnership with the Division of Prisons. This program has expanded and provides fresh vegetables to all of the stateís prisons.

Caledonia Farm is also the location of the Cannery Operation that in years past has donated food to North Carolinians during natural disasters. Correction Enterprises even brings home the bacon from its Meat Processing facility in Harnett County which processes over 13 million pounds of meat, frozen vegetable and cheese products annually.

Caledonia Cannery Workforce: 80 inmate workers (approximate) and 7 staff positions.

Caledonia Farm Workforce: 340 inmate workers (approximate) and 21 staff positions.

Fresh Vegetable Warehouse Workforce: 15 inmate workers (approximate) and 6 staff positions.

Meat Processing Workforce: 75 inmate workers (approximate) and 15 staff positions.