There couldn’t have been a more-appropriate day than Earth Day for Wynnewood’s Lankenau Medical Center to officially unveil its Delema G. Deaver Wellness Farm, writes John George of the Philadelphia Business Journal.
It’s the only hospital-based wellness farm in Greater Philadelphia.
“Creating and maintaining the Delema G. Deaver Wellness Farm, in collaboration with Greener Partners, gives us the opportunity to demonstrate the impact that nutrition and locally grown food can have on the health of individuals and on our community,” Chinwe Onyekere, associate administrator at Lankenau, told George. “The food we grow here over the next year will be used to address chronic disease, underserved populations, and educate future generations about sustainability and the power of nutritious food to strengthen community health.”
According to George, the garden will produce approximately 2,000 pounds of organic vegetables per year for educational programs, patients, and local food banks.
On Friday, Earth Day, the Medical Center hosted fourth- and fifth-grade students from Holy Child Academy in Drexel Hill. They learned about the science behind growing food, and were taught how plants grow through the garden’s ecosystem.
Later, the students planted seeds themselves.
Click here to read more about Lankenau Medical Center’s Delema G. Deaver Wellness Farm.