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Discover Freshness at Mad River Community Hospital’s Ensight Garden and Hydroponics Greenhouse

At Mad River Community Hospital, we take pride in being pioneers in integrating farm-to-table freshness directly within our healthcare setting. Our unique Ensight Garden and on-site hydroponics greenhouse are not just sources of nourishment; they embody our commitment to promoting health and wellness through fresh, locally-grown produce.

A Bounty of Fresh Produce: Nestled on our hospital grounds, the Ensight Garden spans six sections of land, flourishing with an array of vegetables and herbs. From the vibrant tomatoes, carrots, and artichokes to the lush sweet corn and pumpkins, every plant is grown with care. Our garden also hosts a variety of lettuces and other greens, infusing our meals with both flavor and nutritional richness.

Garden Café Delights: The produce harvested from our gardens doesn’t travel far to reach your plate. At our Garden Café, patients and staff enjoy meals crafted from the very crops grown steps away. Daily specials often feature these ingredients, ensuring that every dish is not only hearty but also packed with peak freshness and nutrients.

Innovative Hydroponics Greenhouse: In 2017, we expanded our green initiatives by establishing a hydroponics greenhouse, enabling us to supply wholesome food throughout the year. This advanced system grows an assortment of produce including strawberries, lettuce mixes, cucumbers, basil, tomatoes, and spinach. Hydroponics, a soil-free cultivation technique, uses a nutrient-rich water solution to nurture the plants, ensuring optimal growth and sustainability.

Our Dedicated Team: Our full-time field crop farmer, Jayme Buckley, is the steward of both the greenhouse and the garden. Collaborating closely with our kitchen staff, Jayme ensures a steady supply of fresh produce for our café. Additionally, our invaluable volunteers contribute tirelessly to the garden’s upkeep and success, making this program a true community effort.

Join Our Green Journey: We invite you to experience the freshness at Mad River Community Hospital. Whether you’re visiting a patient, working on our team, or just stopping by, a meal at the Garden Café offers more than just food—it’s a taste of our holistic approach to health and well-being.

Follow our journey and daily specials featuring our homegrown produce on Instagram and Facebook. #Organic #Greenhouse #OrganicFarm #Farming #Hydroponics #Vegetables

At Mad River Community Hospital, we’re more than a hospital; we’re a community nurturing health through the freshest food straight from our garden to your plate.

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