Mar 27, 2015 – 10:15 PM EDT
Last Updated: Mar 27, 2015 – 10:22 PM EDT
Fresh vegetables grown a few hundred feet away will be on the menu for hospital patients, if a Windsor Regional Hospital proposal for community gardens takes root.
The hospital recently sent out an invitation for people — staff and volunteers — interested in planning, planting, care and harvesting. The gardens would be located at its two sites, the Ouellette and Met campuses. Spokesman Steve Erwin said the idea has already been tried at other hospitals across North America. The hospital hopes to supply fresh veggies to feed patients, and to donate to local food banks. The hospital has been making big improvements to the food it provides to patients, switching to a restaurant-style menu system from the conventional conveyor system. With veggies grown on-site, patients would be getting very fresh food free of herbicides and pesticides, Erwin said.