Thank you for eating healthy, supporting local sustainable farmers, and supporting a healthier environment
for us all this holiday season!

November 22, 2011 – January 3, 2012


Special recognition goes to the following hospitals & employees who purchased local and sustainable foods this holiday season

Carroll Hospital Center
Union Hospital of Cecil County
Civista Health Care
Deborah L. Blood, RD, LDN
Mindy Athas, RD, CSO, LDN



Hospital Food Service:    (choose 1 or more)

  • Serve local produce, decrease meat on your menu, educate on the benefits of local sustainable poultry and meat, & provide website directories to local sustainable farmers
  • Premier-Member Hospitals:  purchase local sustainable chicken through the Premier contract (ask your distributor for the approved sustainable chicken supplier)
  • Purchase local sustainable poultry or meat through your distributor or direct from a local farmer (contact MD H2E for a list of farmers)
  • Partner with a local farmer to promote their sustainable poultry or meat to your employees

Employees:

Buy local sustainable poultry or meat and serve it with vegetables, fruit, dairy and other foods and beverages from local farmers:

     Amazing Grazing Directory of Local Grass-Based Meat & Poultry Producers  in MD, VA and WVA
www.futureharvestcasa.org/publications

     Maryland Niche Meat & Poultry Producers Directory (choose “Sustainable/Grass-Based” farmers)
www.agmarketing.umd.edu/Documents/MDMeatsPoultryDirectory.pdf

     National Directory of Local Farmers - Local Harvest (search for Grass-Fed or Organic and search by
location)
www.localharvest.org

     National Directory of Local Sustainable Farmers – Eat Well Guide (search by product and by location)
www.eatwellguide.org

Green Teams:

Partner with a local farmer to promote their sustainable poultry or meat to your employees.

Educate employees & patients on the benefits of local sustainable poultry and meat and provide website directories to local sustainable farmers (see above links).

 Marketing Tools:

Point of Sale Postcard 1, Point of Sale Postcard 2

Patient Tray Bookmark 1, Patient Tray Bookmark 2

Sustainable agricultural practices for beef, pork, poultry and other animal protein foods include, at a minimum, raising animals without arsenic compounds, without the routine use of antibiotics, and without added growth hormones. Ideally, the animals also eat food grown without the use of pesticides or genetically modified seeds, and are raised outside on pasture.  To learn more about the health and environmental effects of industrialized food production practices in the United States, visit www.healthyfoodinhealthcare.org.

 

Additional Resources:

List of Maryland Farmers’ Markets:  ww.mda.state.md.us/md_products/farmers_market_dir.php
Maryland Farms (search by zip code): www.marylandsbest.net
Restaurants, Grocery Stores with local foods: www.eatwellguide.org
Find or post the local foods you need: www.foodtrader.org

Seasonal Recipes:

Fresh Farm Markets’ Seasonal Recipes: www.freshfarmmarkets.org/market_recipes.php

Healthy Food in Health Care: http://www.noharm.org/us_canada/issues/food/resources.php


Louise Mitchell, PT
Sustainable Foods Program Manager
Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment
410-706-1924
Lmitc001@son.umaryland.edu

Priya Saha, RN
Sustainable Foods Coordinator
Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment
410-706-3077
saha@son.umaryland.edu