greenhouse Mad River Community Hospital
The hydroponic greenhouse covers 450 square feet and helps keep up a steady supply of fresh produce even in the coldest months.

Onsite farm, greenhouse supply much of hospital’s produce needs

A new hydroponic greenhouse supplements production during the colder months from the onsite outdoor farm and traditional greenhouses at Northern California’s Mad River Hospital.

An increasing number of onsite dining programs are attempting to increase the amount of product they get from local sources, but it’s hard to get much more locally focused than Mad River Community Hospital in Arcata, Calif. That’s because the kitchens at Mad River have a practically year-round supply of fresh produce coming in from that most local of sources—the hospital’s own farm.

The two-acre plot, plus two greenhouses encompassing some 4,000 square feet, is

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