I came across a USA Today article last week reporting a shift in the American healthcare landscape as the number of hospitals introducing gardens and instituting farms on their premises grows. For example, the Boston Medical Center’s rooftop garden, implemented in the spring of 2017, features an array of crops, including but not limited to kale and rainbow chard. From promoting a patient’s consumption of nutrient-dense foods to minimizing carbon dioxide emissions during food transport, these hospital farms and gardens serve simultaneous community, environmental, and wellness functions.
I commend the growing practice of planting and sowing hospital farms and gardens, which is why I wanted to shine a light on it this week. The act of integrating local agriculture with healthcare delivery is another powerful way hospitals put their missions in action, as the tangible expression of health and nutrition that these bounties and crops embody will not only engage, but also empower.
Do you know of any hospitals in your area that have planted gardens? What do you think of the idea of hospital farms?
Until Next Week…Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,
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