Seattle Children’s Hospital has promoted onsite food producing vegetable gardens for a couple of reasons. The first is to connect patients and families to healthy foods and let children experience harvesting, cooking and eating local organic produce. The second is to test the capacity for supplying produce to kitchen operations.
In the teaching garden, nutritionists hold classes on growing vegetables and harvesting them. This series of classes allows children and families to see the progress of the garden over the summer. The production garden is a raised garden that was built on an old helipad site, and its harvests are used in the café and in the patient menu.