Smart Farm Helps Local Food Pantries, Has Goal To Feed Hospital Patients In Future


IT’S A PLACE YOU DRIVE BY AND NOT EVEN KNOW IT’S THERE. SITTING ON LAND OWNED BY GOOD SHEPHERD HOSPITAL IN BEARINGTON IS A PLACE CALLED SMART FARM. AND IT’S ALL VOLUNTEER AND IT’S A SUSTAINABLE GARDEN THAT YOU SEE RIGHT THERE. WE’RE LEARNING EVERY YEAR AND WE’RE TRYING THINGS AND EXPERIMENTAL. WHICH IS A WONDERFUL THING FOR TEACHING. MEET TAPPY GABLEMAN. THIS IS HER BABY. FULFILLING A PASSION TO GIVE BACK FOLLOWING HER MOTHER’S DEATH. THE OPERATION NOW TEN YEARS STRONG RECENTLY MOVED TO THE HOSPITAL GROUND AFTER OUTGROWING A SMALLER PLOT. AND IT’S TAKING OFF ALL THANKS TO HELPING HANDS UP TO 50 VOLUNTEERS A AT A TIME SIGN UP FROM ALL OVER INCLUDING STUDENTS FROM NEARBY SCHOOLS TO HELP PLANT, GROW AND PICK A VARIETY OF FRESH FOODS. ONCE READY IT’S DELIVERED TO LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES. THERE’S NO BETTER JOB. I GET TO BE OUTSIDE, WORK OUT IN THE GARDEN. AND ALL THE VOLUNTEERS THAT COME WANT TO BE HERE ARE ALL IN THE SAME GREAT MIND AND SPIRIT AS US AND SAME VALUES THAT WE HAVE. WE HAD A STUDENT COME OUT TODAY FOR THE FIRST TIME. AS HE WAS LEAVING I THANKED HIM FOR HIS HARD WORK AND HE SAID NO THANK YOU FOR TEACHING YOU KNOW ME HOW TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT. ON THIS DAY THEY HARVESTED SOME 50 POUNDS OF SPECIALTY PEPPERS. NOW READY TO HEAD OUT THE FAMILIES IN NEED. THEIR GOAL IS TO MAKE SMART FARM EVEN BIG TORE PROVIDE A FOOD FOREST FOR MANY GENERATIONS TO COME. WARWORKING WITH THE LAND INSTEAD OF AGAINST IT. IT’S A WORK IN PROGRESS. SHE AND HER STAFF CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE. ALSO WORKING WITH THE HOSPITAL WHERE THEY HOPE TO BE A PART OF PATIENTS’ RECOVERY PROGRAMS. IT WOULD BE A DREAM TO BE PART OF THAT WHERE WE WOULD HAVE PRESCRIPTION BOXES FOR CERTAIN TYPES OF ILLNESSES. WE WANTED TO START THAT SOMETHING I’M REALLY GOING TO — KEY IN ON THIS NEXT YEAR. THIS IS YOU KNOW, MEDICINE FOR YOUR BODY. BASICALLY. GOOD FOOD IS. SO WHOA WOULDN’T IT BE COMBINED TOGETHER? I MEAN THEY HAVE A GREAT OUTLOOK AND WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO COMBINE WITH THEM LIKE THAT. EVENTUALLY THEY’D LIKE PATIENTS TO BE ABLE TO WALK THE GROUNDS AND HELP PLANT AND PICK THE CROPS AS THERAPY. SMART FARM IS ALWAYS LOOKING

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