Lubbock pumpkin patch helps men coming out of jail

Reported by: Ashley Claster
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Updated: 10/13/2013 12:40 am
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There are plenty of pumpkin patch possibilities to choose from in Lubbock. But one patch is really making a difference. Buying a pumpkin from Malta Farms might just save someone's life. It is not often that a pumpkin patch could make miracles. But this is not just your average pumpkin patch.

"This pumpkin patch in a thirty day period can create a revenue of easy forty-five thousand dollars of our budget in one month in pumpkin sales," Malta Farms director Chadd Everett said.

That money is being used to do some good. Malta Farms helps men coming out of prison.

"There's very few places that once these guys get out they don't have many places to go," Everett said. "What we do provide housing, a roof over their head, we help them with employment, gain life skills. We bring guys to the farm to really help them to re-enter society that's kind of our goal."

There are two phases of the program. Phase one gets the men plugged into a church, gets a roof over their head, and a good grasp of who they are.

"Once they get to phase two of the program, we start sending out applications looking for employment for our men, and start helping them take care of the more tangible things-- get their hands on a drivers license, their social security, saving up for a car. They do all that while they stay with us," Everett said.

Every time you pick up a pumpkin you are helping somebody re-enter into society successfully, because every dollar you spend a pumpkin helps change lives.

Weston McNutt is a resident of Malta Farms. He said, "I was a meth addict for fifteen years living a life of crime. I finally got caught up and went to jail. I knew that once I got out, I didn't want to be that man anymore. I wanted to be a better person. Just the examples that these guys have in their daily lives has shown me how to live a better life and how to be a Godly man."

McNutt said his life completely turned around the day he joined malta farms. "They've helped me learn responsibility,  helped me learn an attitude of giving, showed me how to live a Godly life and a life of service," McNutt said.

He knew he did not want to be the same person. So, he had to stay away from his old friends, old places and old habits.

"Absolutely. I never want to be that guy I used to be I look forward to what God has for me," McNutt said.

He said he never wants to go back.

"I can't express my thanks, they've done a lot," McNutt said.

Malta Farms is giving second chances, changing lives and making miracles happen.

The pumpkin patch is on the corner of 79th and milwaukee. There are plenty of pumpkins left to choose from. You can visit Malta Farm's Facebook or website.
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