Not a Fan of Hospital Food? Hospitals Are Working to Change That by Growing Their Own Produce

Not a Fan of Hospital Food? Hospitals Are Working to Change That by Growing Their Own Produce

Seattle Children’s Hospital is one of the burgeoning number of hospitals growing their own produce for reasons ranging from increasing sustainability to encouraging healthier eating to strengthening community connections. For more than 10 years, the garden at Seattle Children’s was “just herbs,” said Gina Sadowski, the manager of production and operations at the hospital’s nutrition department. But over the past few years, the garden has expanded to include a dizzying variety of vegetables and fruits, including strawberries, blackberries, golden currants, kohlrabi, snap peas, rhubarb, watermelon radishes and more than a thousand pounds of tomatoes.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s mission is to provide hope, care and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible. Together, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Research Institute and Foundation deliver superior patient care, identify new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients.

Ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country. As one of the nation’s top five pediatric research centers, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is internationally recognized for its work in neurosciences, immunology, cancer, infectious disease, injury prevention and much more. Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation works with the Seattle Children’s Guild Association, the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care and research. Join Seattle Children’s bold initiative – It Starts With Yes: The Campaign for Seattle Children’s – to transform children’s health for generations to come.

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