Somerville, MA…The Spring Hill Garden, located on Cambridge Health Alliance’s Somerville Hospital campus at 125 Lowell St., recently completed its third successful growing season promoting healthy eating and food security in the Somerville community. In an effort to raise funds to support the garden in the coming year, Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) is offering the Firmly Planted 2013 Calendar, which chronicles a year in the life of the garden.
The 12-month full color calendar features photos and artwork donated by the Firmly Planted Garden Group, members of CHA’s Victims of Violence Program who volunteer weekly to tend the garden, harvest produce, and assist in delivering it throughout the community. By caring for the garden, group members gain opportunities to explore their own growth and connect to life-affirming aspects of themselves and their capacities to contribute to the well-being of others.
The garden has provided produce to local food pantries including the HIV food pantry at CHA’s Somerville Hospital campus, Elizabeth Peabody House, and Project Soup. Spring Hill Garden’s produce has also been donated to residential homes at CASPAR, a local nonprofit organization that provides community-based services for those affected by substance use disorders, and Walnut Street Center, which assists adults with developmental disabilities and their families.
The Firmly Planted calendar is available for purchase online at www.challiance.org/springhillgarden. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Spring Hill Garden and help to continue providing healthful food options to those who need it most.
Cambridge Health Alliance is an integrated, award-winning health system that provides high quality care in Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities. It includes three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices, and the Cambridge Public Health Dept. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Tufts University School of Medicine. Visit us online at www.challiance.org.