Mad River Community Hospital will change the way you think about hospital food
out of the garden contain higher concentrations of nutrients and the maximum amount of vitamins and minerals. There's
an amazing sense of accomplishment felt when serving fresh, homegrown vegetables to patients and staff.
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 field crop farmer, Jayme Buckley, to tend to both the greenhouse and garden. She coordinates with the kitchen to provide produce for the cafe to cook. Everyday there is a lunch special, usually featuring the produce grown in the garden or in the greenhouse. Volunteers also help in the garden and are instrumental part of the success of this program. #organic #greenhouse #organicfarm #farming #hydroponics #vegetables