Mad River Community Hospital will change the way you think about hospital food!
In 2017, the hospital started providing even more healthy food to patients and staff all year long through a hydroponics greenhouse that can grow strawberries, lettuce mixes, cucumber, basil, tomatoes and spinach. Hydroponic growing is essentially defined by its lack of soil. The system uses the nutrient film technique (NFT), which incorporates a shallow stream of water that contains the dissolved nutrients required for plant growth. Nutrients are monitored and mixed into the water, then an electric pump is used to pump the water into the channels for the plant roots. The water is constantly circulating.
Mad River Community Hospital employs a full-time farmer, Jayme Buckley, to tend to both the greenhouse and farm. She coordinates with the kitchen to provide produce for the cafe to cook. Everyday there is a lunch special, usually featuring the produce grown on the farm or in the greenhouse. Volunteers also help on the farm and are instrumental part of the success of the farm.