Greener Partners is proud to be collaborating with Lankenau Medical Center on a year-round education and production farm on the hospital campus, the first of its kind in the region. As with the Farm Explorer, Greener Parters harnesses the power of fresh food to improve our community’s health.
Formally called the Delema G. Deaver Wellness Farm, the half acre farm provides healthy eating education and fresh food access for area students, hospital patients and medical residents. The farm is a relaxing retreat from the hospital, open to the public and to patients, employees and visitors.
The farm features educational areas as well as organic production spaces, including a greenhouse, a large gazebo, space for herbs, seeds, flowers and fruits as well as a tasting station.
The farm is a hands-on classroom for more than 10,000 students who come to the Health Education Center. In addition, medical students tour the farm and learn about the role of fresh vegetables and healthy eating in preventive care.
The farm produces more than 2,500 pounds of organically grown produce per year, donated to patients free of charge to support healthy eating habits and provide fresh food for those who don’t have access to it. The produce is also used in cooking classes at the hospital.
Watch this video to learn about the impact of the farm:
Jen Malkoun, whom some of you may know from Hillside Farm at Elwyn, is the lead farmer at the Wellness Farm. She oversees all growing and education programs and is assisted by Farm Educator Ilana Grubin.
To bring your class to the Deaver Wellness Farm, contact Lankenau’s Health Education Center at 484-476-3434 or email LHHealthEdCenter@mlhs.org.
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