Greener Partners is proud to be collaborating with Lankenau Medical Center on the Delema G. Deaver Wellness Farm, 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 Partners harnesses the power of fresh food to improve our community’s health.
Established in 2014 by Greener Partners in partnership with Main Line Health, the Delema G. Deaver Wellness Farm is a half-acre farm that provides healthy eating education and fresh food access for area students, hospital patients, and medical residents. The farm is also 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, and space for herbs, seeds, flowers and fruits.
The farm is a hands-on classroom for more than 10,000 students who come to the Health Education Center at Lankenau Medical 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 5,000 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 and pop up nutrition lessons in waiting rooms.
Jen Malkoun is the lead farmer at Deaver Wellness Farm. She oversees all growing and production at the farm and leads our field trip program.