Carnelian Bay, California (PRWEB) April 23, 2013
This year marks the official launch of the Gardens to Hospitals' grants program to help medical facilities nationwide build edible, organic gardens for serving their patients, staff and community. The Gardens to Hospital program, which is committed to bringing edible, organic gardens to medical facilities positioning good nutrition and healthy foods as an integral component in a comprehensive wellness plan, opened its first garden in May 2012 at Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson, CA. A year later, it has formed as a philanthropic organization to help spread its mission further.
Gardens to Hospitals is the philanthropic extension to Lisa’s Organics, a California-based producer of organic, frozen foods. Lisa’s Organics has always been focused on making wholesome, organic, delicious food available and affordable. Now Lisa’s Organics is supporting hospitals as they bring that same ethic to the meals they serve and the example they set for their community.
The idea for Gardens to Hospitals sprouted when the husband and wife team behind Lisa’s Organics, Mark Griffin and Lisa Boudreau, had spent countless hours in hospitals around the country with their special needs daughter, Camille.
“Our own experience forced us to find healthy meals outside of the hospital because we just couldn’t feel good about what they were serving our daughter,” Lisa shares the story. “The Gardens to Hospitals program is a heartfelt desire to make the time patients and their families spend in hospitals a healthy and healing experience.”
The Gardens to Hospitals’ grants program awards money to hospitals and medical facilities interested in building and/or expanding an edible, organic garden. With the support of programmatic partners like Organic Farming Research Foundation, each hospital garden will have the option to partner with a farm coach who will aid in the organic certification process and provide good agricultural practices for the garden’s long-term sustainability. The first grant deadline is scheduled for fall 2013. Grant application and guidelines are available online, http://www.gardenstohospitals.org.
“An edible garden sends a message to patients and staff about the food they are eating and food’s connection to primary prevention. Once a hospital installs an edible garden, it offers a therapy space, food for the cafeteria and an excellent outreach opportunity to recognize the hospital as a dietary role model in the community,” says Susie Sutphin, Co-Director.
To create the grants, Gardens to Hospitals is inviting like-minded organizations and businesses to contribute to the charitable fund. In turn, Gardens to Hospitals will award grants supporting 4 gardens annually. To make the grants possible, Gardens to Hospitals is inviting national partners to come together and support the project financially.
For more information on Gardens to Hospitals or to learn about the grants program, visit http://www.gardenstohospitals.org.