Eco Care Farm
Living Foods has started up an Eco Farm project in collaboration with a major regional care provider. This new concept is a sustainable and innovative way of achieving participation and creating a lifestyle for clients and staff who are working towards a healthier lifestyle.
By producing organically and locally based upon the innovative Living Foods concept, with the involvement of clients, it is possible to cultivate products with a better flavour, longer storage life and higher nutrient value. All clients and employees benefit: firstly by helping in the gardens and secondly by eating the home-grown vegetables. One of the first tangible results is the herb garden. This was built by the clients using almost exclusively recycled materials. This garden already has its first plants and edible flowers. In the spring, it should be bursting with culinary herbs and glorious flowers.
Ecological and innovative
In the spring, polytunnels will be installed to replace the old energy-guzzling greenhouse. There will also be a chicken farm, so the company restaurants will be able to serve delicious organic eggs. The chickens will be kept according to the highest standards of animal welfare, meaning that the concept complies with the 3-star designation for this activity.
This garden shows that government organisations, care institutions and businesses can achieve excellent collaborations based around a subject such as lifestyle; this can allow participants to work towards a healthier lifestyle in a challenging and inspiring environment.
In times of austerity, we are sometimes asked whether such a project is appropriate. However, producing food on our own property allows us to save on shopping and transport. By investing in this project now, we expect to become ever more self sufficient in potatoes, vegetables and fruit.
Working with clients sustainably, innovatively and organically to produce food is also highly compatible with the importance attached to lifestyle when supporting patients in long-term care.