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Patients and Community Plant CTCA Hope Springs Organic Farm

Source: KPNX

Author: Tram Mai

Published: September 12, 2013

Planting season is here in the Valley, and recently a special group of farmers started planting seeds they call seeds of hope that will hopefully help battle cancer.

At the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Goodyear there is an on going battle against a variety of cancers and recently they took it outside to the specially prepared 25-acre parcel of land. The garden called the Hope Springs Organic Farm serves a dual role; providing nutritional food as pillars for successful treatment.

"We like to have food that has not been processed. We produce food from a raw state, so we are using simple ingredients, like these hardy onions whic are a cross between a shallot and an onion."  Bob is overseeing the planting and he said there will be plenty more, all 100% organic.

The plants are highly nutritious and the top tier. And many (patients) can dig in and become active participants in their journey to recovery. Patients like Tom Carlson says,"it is great. they gave us life and we are giving life back."

And four agricultural students came in to get a quick lesson on the value of organic farming. "Someone else cares about them and complete strangers will come out here and plant the seeds for them. And we are planting organics for the patients so they can have healthy produce here to eat at the hospital."

The folks at the Cancer Treatment Center in Goodyear said this is the first hospital in the country to provide organic produce grown on-site. The first crops should be ready for harvesting in six to eight weeks.

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