St. Luke’s Anderson Campus Offers Community Garden
St. Luke’s Anderson Campus Offers Community Garden Location For Network Employees To Till
St. Luke’s University Health Network employees
are gardening on the grounds of St. Luke’s
Anderson Campus with the help of local gardeners,
Burpee ® representatives and a gardening
“care package” from Lowe’s in Easton.
Individuals and groups of network employees
have a separate garden plot to nurture.
Bethlehem TWP., PA (5/29/2014) -- Welcome to St. Luke’s Community Gardens! Located on a 20,000 square foot piece of land behind the hospital at St. Luke’s Anderson Campus, the Community Gardens is a new initiative that will enable St. Luke’s University Health Network employees to use the campus as an avenue to increase awareness about the importance of healthy eating and to encourage individuals to grow some of their own food. Network employees are honing their gardening and plant nurturing skills on twenty plots of land.
May 17 was planting day where St. Luke’s gardeners prepared their respective plots for the growing season and attended education sessions with local gardeners to learn about the benefits of growing their own produce. Baskets containing tools and seeds were assembled for each gardener with the help of Lowe’s in Easton.
Representatives from Burpee ® were on site with seed packets and gardening tips for the St. Luke’s employee gardeners. They offered advice on topics like how to grow healthy plants from seeds, when the best time for planting certain crops during the planting season for this region and what nutrients are provided to the human body when eating the produce that is grown. Burpee ® introduced its free Garden Time smart phone app that gives information on sowing, transplanting and harvesting vegetables and herbs as an additional tool. Gardeners accessing this app will gain access to a full database of plants, local weather and links to how-to gardening videos, said Burpee ® representatives.
The St. Luke’s Community Garden concept stemmed from an internal committee at the campus with the goal of initiating wellness programs that embrace the St. Luke’s culture for employees, patients and visitors.
St. Luke’s Community Gardeners are invited to garden on campus from dusk until dawn on weekdays and weekends. Pesticides are restricted, as is the planting of shrubs and trees. St. Luke’s Community Gardeners will continue to garden through the growing season and will end the season with a garden party celebrating this initiative.
The Anderson Campus Community Garden initiative is due to efforts of volunteers and members of the St. Luke's Anderson Human Experience External Sub-Committee: Paul Maserjian, Jim Derr, Jessika Haynos, Janice Reppert, Jennifer Singer, Tammy Vidal, Kira Bub, Sue Ross and Pat Murphy.
Denise E. Rader
Director, Network Media Relations
St. Luke's University Health Network