Farm to Hospital: A Model for Success

St. Luke's Rodale Institute Organic Farm


In 2014, Rodale Institute established an organic farm on the Anderson Campus of the St. Luke’s University Health Network to offer patients organic produce grown on the hospital campus.

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This 11.5 acre farm offers organically grown local produce that is distributed to all six St. Luke’s hospitals to be used in daily food preparation by Sodexo Inc. for patients and in the hospital cafeterias for staff and visitors.

As part of the partnership, Rodale Institute has provided St. Luke’s University Health Network with Lynn Trizna, an onsite organic vegetable farmer, to ensure the quality of the farm’s produce, follow organic farming practices and coordinate the produce deliveries with Sodexo for the St. Luke’s hospitals. Trizna is also responsible for transitioning the land to organic and overseeing the organic certification process with the USDA.

"ThroSLUHN.farmugh the partnership between St. Luke's University Health Network and the Rodale Institute, the farm will grow organic and nutritious food on site for hospital patients,” said Trizna. “The farm will act as an evolving model for institutions across the country as well as for farmers who have the knowledge but lack the resources to start their own farm. St. Luke's Anderson Campus and the Rodale Institute are ‘planting a seed’ in sustainable and local food production," she said.

The farm is equipped with refrigeration to store excess produce before it is transported to other locations. Some of the produce that will be planted at the farm includes lettuce and salad greens, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, summer squash, Swiss chard, kale, garlic, cabbage, beets, potatoes and a wide variety of herbs.


Meet Farmer Lynn

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Lynn Trizna, the Rodale Institute's Farm Project Manager, currently manages the St. Luke’s Rodale Institute Organic Farm. Lynn began  farming in 2007, when she spent the summer working on her first farm. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, but decided to follow a more rural path. Thankfully the path has led her to the Rodale Institute.

If you'd like to work with Lynn at the St. Luke's Rodale Institute Organic Farm, click here.

 

For more information about the St. Luke's Rodale Institute Farm please visit www.sluhn.org/organicfarm.