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Source: Higher Ground Farm

Hospital Creates Largest Rooftop Farm In Boston

By Desirée Kaplan

An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but hospitals now are bringing local fruit directly to their patients. Farms and gardens are sprouting up on hospital grounds all around the country. Health Care Without Harm’s Healthy Food in Health Care, a program focused on helping hospitals offer their patients healthy foods, has started to notice that hospital grown produce is becoming increasingly more common. 

The director of the program, Stacia Clinton, points out that offering local produce is a logical step for hospitals, “There is an increasing trend in hospital farms. There’s a greater demand now for people to know where their food is coming from, and hospitals are looking for ways to connect people to their food more directly.” 

One New England hospital, Boston Medical Center (BMC), has become a leader in this movement and recently set up a farm on top of their building. Not only is it the largest rooftop farm in Boston, but the sky-high project is also the first hospital-based rooftop farm in Massachusetts.