It's not every hospital that has its own farm, but St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan has taken some of its 350+ acre medical campus (which of course was a farm before the land was sold to allow the building of the hospital plus multiple clinics, parking lots, and lawn) and is re-creating a farm that is growing organic food for the hospital and the community. The Farm at St. Joe's is leading the way for other health care institutions to create healthy communities and has won a major award from the Catholic Healthcare Association for this work.
I'm interviewed for this documentary as I do serve on The Advisory Committee for The Farm, but I am only a 'supporting actress' in this film. The main show is The Farm itself along with the love and commitment that the St. Joe's staff shows for this vital effort of nourishing and healing their patients and the wider community with healthy, delicious food. Our two farms work together to support these goals.
Farmer Dan Bair says it best with the closing line "Health care is happening here." :)
Please watch and please share widely. Who knows where and how far this happiness and good health will spread? Maybe you'll be seeing kale in your local hospital, too!
Where kale is more than decoration on my plate - It's a best-seller at a hospital-based farmers' market!
Diana Dyer, MS, RD