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Grow2Heal at Homestead Hospital

The Grow2Heal community garden at Homestead Hospital is a creative solution to ongoing challenges with chronic disease management and preventive healthcare.

Hospital leadership dedicated vacant land adjacent to the hospital to develop an organic – and sustainable – garden as a way to offer the community fresh, nutritious foods with a far-reaching impact.

The three-acre garden can potentially grow 30,000 pounds of produce annually, and is served to patients, visitors and hospital staff. It is also used to educate the community through school fieldtrips, health fairs, cooking demonstrations, wellness workshops, and support groups.

Proper nutrition can help manage – or even prevent – chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart failure. And one of the keys to preventive health is starting young. More than 500 students toured the garden last school year as part of the hospital’s Grow Your Lunch fieldtrip program. During their visit, they planted seeds, harvested fruits and vegetables, and cooked their own lunch under the guidance of the community garden’s manager. They learned to appreciate the importance of fresh, nutritious foods through a unique farm-to-table experience.

In addition to the Learning Center that was recently constructed with the help of the Young Philanthropists of Baptist Health, there are plans for a greenhouse, farmers market, and handicap-accessible “healing trail” lined with scented fruits and flowers. Admitted patients currently enjoy the hundreds of sunflowers grown purposely to brighten their rooms.

There are only a handful of hospitals across the nation applying a similar garden concept.

For fieldtrip, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, email

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