News from Hudson Valley Hospital Center on Earth Week celebration:
To celebrate Earth Week and the hospital’s commitment to sustainable food initiatives, Hudson Valley Hospital Center will hold a volunteer work day on Thursday, April 18 from 3-6 p.m. to prepare its Organic Garden for Healing for the growing season.
Dozens of volunteers – including a team from Kohl’s Department Store – are expected to roll up their sleeves and participate in a number of projects to get the garden ready for planting.
“This is the second season for our Organic Garden for Healing at Hudson Valley Hospital Center, and our plans continue to expand,’’ said Hudson Valley Hospital Center President John Federspiel. “We are adding a medicinal garden and expanding the selection of herbs and vegetables. We thank Kohl’s Department Store and our garden volunteers for their commitment to our garden and hope members of the community will join us for our 2nd annual volunteer day.’’
Volunteers are urged to bring gloves, shovels and trowels as a limited number of tools will be available for those who do not have them.
The Organic Garden for Healing is part of Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s Seeds for Health program. The garden is managed by hospital and community volunteers under the direction of gardener Laura Perkins of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, a leader in the farm to table movement. Produce from the garden is used to educate patients on the importance of nutrition at the hospital’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center. In addition to the garden, the Hospital runs a twice-monthly Farmer’s Market in its quest to make healthy, local and organic produce available to the community to improve health through nutrition. The first Farmer’s Market of the season at HVHC will be held on May 14. Visit www.hvhc.org under Harvest for Health for more information or call 914-734-3576 about volunteering in the garden.