New Garden At Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center To Provide Vegetables For Community Seniors
Courtesy of Carson Tahoe Health · 3 min read
CARSON CITY, Nev. — Carson Tahoe Health, a leading healthcare system in Northern Nevada, and The Greenhouse Project, an agricultural and education-based nonprofit, announced an expanded partnership to build the Foothill Garden on Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center’s campus.
Located behind the Carson Tahoe Cancer Center in north Carson City, Foothill Garden will include a large hoop house and several raised plant beds. The garden will be managed by experts in growing produce in Nevada, worked by students who want to learn more about sustainability, and provide vegetables year-round to seniors in our community.
“There’s something healing about connecting to the earth [through gardening],” said Karen Abowd, board president and co-founder of The Greenhouse Project. “Through our collaboration with Carson Tahoe Health, we’ll be teaching people to produce their own healthy food and live more sustainably.
Since it began agricultural operations at the Carson High School in fall 2010, The Greenhouse Project initiative has helped the area’s youth and citizens realize the importance of sustainable living, learn to grow their own food, expand their knowledge of nutrition, and establish a connection to the outdoors. Now The Greenhouse Project’s operations will expand in a collaborative garden at Carson Tahoe Health’s Regional Medical Center campus.
In addition to expanding Carson Tahoe’s nutritional education opportunities, Foothill Garden will donate its year-round harvests to local seniors through Meals on Wheels.
“The Carson City Senior Center strives to serve wholesome food including fresh vegetables and herbs.” said Courtney Warner, Director of Carson Senior Center. “We’re grateful to be receiving locally grown produce to help keep our seniors healthy.”
The Foothill Garden, projected to be completed this summer, will complement Carson Tahoe’s existing Creekside Garden on the west side of the Regional Medical Center campus, which already donates seasonal produce to The Eagle Valley Children’s Home.
“Healthcare is about keeping people well and not just treating them when they’re sick,” said Ed Epperson, President/CEO of Carson Tahoe Health. “This innovative collaboration allows our health system to work with The Greenhouse Project to engage the community in wellness education and promote health through a nutrient-rich diet.”
To learn more about Foothill Garden, visit www.carsontahoe.com/garden and to learn more about the Greenhouse Project visit www.carsoncitygreenhouse.org. And, if you are interested in supporting The Greenhouse Project, the organization’s 9th Annual Concert Under the Stars featuring The Family Stone and Lydia Pense & Cold Blood is scheduled for Wednesday, July 12 at The Brewery Arts Center. Carson Tahoe Health is proud to be the event’s title sponsor in support of this meaningful project. For complete event details, or to purchase tickets, please visit: carsoncitygreenhouse.org.
About Carson Tahoe Health (CTH)
Carson Tahoe Health, an affiliate of University of Utah Health, is a local, not-for-profit healthcare system with 240 licensed acute care beds. Serving a population of over 250,000, CTH features two hospitals, two urgent cares, an emergent care center, outpatient services and a provider network with 20 regional locations. The system is headquartered on a beautiful master planned 80-acre medical campus nestled among the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in North Carson City. As the system’s cornerstone, Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center (CTRMC), voted 5th most beautiful hospital in the nation, was the first Baby-Friendly designated hospital in Nevada. Also included on the campus is Carson Tahoe Sierra Surgery, the 15-bed boutique elective surgery arm of CTRMC, and Carson Tahoe Cancer Center, an affiliate of Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah. For more information, go to www.carsontahoe.com.
About The Greenhouse Project
The Greenhouse Project, a not-for-profit organization based in Carson City, provides an educational and vocational base for students of all ages, while also providing fresh vegetables to
the underserved in the community. Now The Greenhouse Project’s operations will expand in a collaborative garden at Carson Tahoe Health’s Regional Medical Center campus. For more information, visit www.carsoncitygreenhouse.org.