KBJR 6 TV (Duluth) aired a story on the new Farm2Riverwoodprogram at Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin on the 6 PM newscast on April 27. Riverwood food service manager Lou Ann Carlson was interviewed along with Jodi Olson, local farmer who provided chicken from Ole’s Acres, about this unique partnership offering healthy, local food to the community.
See the story at http://www.kbjr6.com/story/35271418/aitkin-hospital-bringing-farm-fresh-foods-to-community The April 27 lunch menu featured Chicken Fajitas with Sweet Peppers on Whole Grain Tortilla with Watermelon.
Riverwood, along with Rippleside Elementary School and Hill City School District, is contracting with eight Aitkin County farmers to offer nutrient-dense, minimally processed, farm fresh foods such as potatoes, eggs, chicken, beef and apples for special monthly meals for its staff and hospital patients for the 2016-2017 year.
Local growers and farmers providing food to Riverwood include Chengwatana Farm (Lynn Sue Mizner) , Gilby’s Apple Orchard (David Gilbertson), Grimsbo Family Farm (John & Tanya Grimsbo), Gun Lake Potato Farm (Roger & Markell Vogt), Maple Ridge Farm (Eric Heimark & Jay Meagher), Mighty Mini Farm (Michelle Pagan), Ole’s Acres Farm (Jodi & Steve Olson), and Willowsedge Farm (Jane Grimsbo-Jewett).
Thanks to Healthy Northland (Statewide Health Improvement Program) and Hannah Colby, Public Health Education and SHIP Coordinator, and her predecessor Amy Wyant, at the Aitkin County Health & Human Services Public Health Unit, and our local farmers for making Farm2Riverwood possible!