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Volunteers dig in at Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s Organic Healing Garden for Earth Week

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Cortlandt Manor, NY - (April 10, 2013) –  To celebrate Earth Week and the hospital’s commitment to sustainable food initiatives, Hudson Valley Hospital Center will hold a volunteer work day on Thursday, April 18 from 3-6 p.m. to prepare its Organic Garden for Healing for the growing season.

Dozens of volunteers – including a team from Kohl’s Department Store – are expected to roll up their sleeves and participate in a number of projects to get the garden ready for planting.

“This is the second season for our Organic Garden for Healing at Hudson Valley Hospital Center, and our plans continue to expand,’’ said Hudson Valley Hospital Center President John Federspiel. “We are adding a medicinal garden and expanding the selection of herbs and vegetables. We thank Kohl’s Department Store and our garden volunteers for their commitment to our garden and hope members of the community will join us for our 2nd annual volunteer day.’’

Volunteers are urged to bring gloves, shovels and trowels as a limited number of tools will be available for those who do not have them.

The Organic Garden for Healing is part of Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s Seeds for Health program. The garden is managed by hospital and community volunteers under the direction of gardener Laura Perkins of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, a leader in the farm to table movement. Produce from the garden is used to educate patients on the importance of nutrition at the hospital’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center. In addition to the garden, the Hospital runs a twice-monthly Farmer’s Market in its quest to make healthy, local and organic produce available to the community to improve health through nutrition. The first Farmer’s Market of the season at HVHC will be held on May 14. Visit www.hvhc.orgunder Harvest for Health for more information or call 914-734-3576 about volunteering in the garden.

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Hudson Valley Hospital Center is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the community and to providing quality, comprehensive medical care in a compassionate, professional, respectful manner, without regard to race, religion, national origin or disease category. Offering state-of-the-art diagnostic treatment, education and preventive services, the Hospital is committed to improving the quality of life in the community.  In fulfilling this mission, the Hospital will strive to continuously improve the care provided and develop and offer programs, facilities, systems and alliances that most effectively respond to community health care needs.  Hudson Valley Hospital Center is located on Route 202 (1980 Crompond Road) in Cortlandt Manor, New York. Call 914-737-9000 or visit www.hvhc.org