After the last of our chickens were processed, our family packed up and took a road trip to Michigan. My mom’s family is from the Ann Arbor area and in many ways it feels like a second home to me. I grew up going to our family cottage in Northern Michigan, or what locals refer to as, “Up North.” This trip we spent a few extra days in Ann Arbor and had a pleasure of touring the farm at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. My uncle, Dave Raymond, headed up this incredible project so it was especially neat to see something in person that I had heard so much about.
What started as a single hoop house has now grown to three, all producing food that is used in the hospital cafeteria, served to patients and sold at the weekly farmers market. The first hoop house (recently painted pink for a Breast Cancer Awareness event) has wheelchair accessible vegetable/flower beds, swings, a fountain, a hydroponic system, and even a watering system powered by an exercise bike! This dream has begun to transform not only the food served at the hospital but also how people relate to their food. Patients can actually come and help cultivate the food that will end up on their plate!
The video below is beautifully done and definitely worth the time! Enjoy!