Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fauquier Hospitals Culinary and Healing Garden Will Provide Organic Food for Patients and Bistro Customers

The first phase of Fauquier Hospital’s Culinary and Healing Garden is up and growing. Adjacent to the Bistro patio, it is designed to be a working kitchen garden. It will provide a source of organic, locally grown food for the Bistro. It will also be a teaching tool for learning about healthy food and where it comes from, and a place where patients, staff and visitors can sit and relax among the greenery.

The idea for the garden grew out of the “Green and Growing” program, a collaboration of Fauquier Health Nutrition and Food Services, Unidine Food Services, the Fauquier Health Wellness Center, and Fauquier Health Foundation in consultation with area youth groups, schools, local businesses, physicians and community organizations.

Support for the garden comes from Fauquier Health and community donors and volunteers. The garden will be overseen and maintained primarily by volunteers, most notably Warrenton resident Judy Roper, who stepped forward to be the garden coordinator. She will create the planting plan; direct planting and harvesting; and lead volunteers. Other contributors and donors include Gilliams Lumber, Rankins Hardware, Providence Landscaping, Stuart A. Stanley Company, Wegman’s, Wholesale Wood Products (Calverton), Boxwood Montessori, Anne Hall of Long and Foster, and others. Area gardeners and farmers have pledged to donate plants and seeds. Pediatrician Joshua Jakum, M.D., has been a great champion for the garden as well.

Kirsten Dueck, development officer for the Foundation, said, “One of great aspects of the new garden has been the way people in the community got excited about it and came together to make it happen.”

A ribbon cutting for the Culinary and Healing Garden will be held at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, September 24, during the Fauquier Health Family Wellness Fair.

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