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South African hospital uses kitchen garden to grow healthy vegetables and financial savings

Dec 15, 2010

What's better than a win-win story?  A win-win-win story of course!  I recently came across this inspiring article about the Helen Joseph Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

"We are using the kitchen waste to make compost for our vegetable garden, where we now grow and harvest vegetables for patients to consume during their stay at our hospital - resulting in further financial savings on food expenditure, says hospital chief executive Gladys Bogoshi."

The hospital's three wins:  1) Healthy foods (450 pounds, 217 kilos per month) for sick patients.  2) Reduced wastes through composting.  3) Financial savings from not having to buy as much food and pay for kitchen waste removal. 

Inspired by this, I'm creating a new issue category called "hospital gardens" as I hope and suspect we'll see more of these in the years to come. 

Comments

In Greer SC the The local hospital also has a "backyard garden" for the benefit of the patients and staff. Great article. http://food-management.com/segments/healthcare/garden-out-back-0810/

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