Inspiration Hour: Hospital Farm to Hospital Plate

Recorded On: 10/04/2017

Session Description:

Join Dave Maffeo of Boston Medical Center and John Stoddard of Health Care Without Harm and Higher Ground Farm in a visually delicious and interesting tour of the Boston Medical Center’s Rooftop Farm. Learn how they planned, funded and executed the project. See the garden plans, how they planted and tended the crops and integrated the produce into hospital menus. Learn how the planners integrated patients and staff in the healthy hospital farm experience and the innovative ways they connected it all to their community. You will hear how they set up a children’s summer camp, coordinated harvest with recipes for Boston Medical Center’s demonstration kitchen, and provided produce to the hospital based food pantry. 

  About Boston Medical Center:
  • Private, not-for-profit, 496-bed, academic medical center
  • Primary teaching affiliate for Boston University School of Medicine
  • Largest safety net hospital in New England
  • Provides a full spectrum of pediatric and adult care services—from primary care and family medicine to advanced specialty care
  • New England’s largest and busiest provider of trauma and emergency service
  • Emergency Department had 125,435 visits last year

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the health and environmental benefits of a rooftop farm for healthcare institution.
  • Learn how the hospital planned, funded and executed the project.
  • Learn how to connect the hospital rooftop produce with clinical nutrition and wellness as an employee benefit.


Standard Price: $79
Practice Greenhealth Member: FREE
Practice Greenehealth Subscriber: FREE

Dave Maffeo

Senior Director of Support Services, Boston Medical Center

Dave Maffeo is Boston Medical Center’s Senior Director of Support Services. These services include Food & Nutrition, Patient Transport, Environmental Services, Laundry, Operator Services, Interpreter Services and Guest Support Services. These services account for 500 employees and $35M managed volume. Dave also serves as the Chair of the Sustainability Committee and has oversight over Boston Medical Centers Preventative Food Pantry and Demonstration Kitchen which serves over 7,000 patients a month. He has served the medical center since the year 2000 and has over 25 years of healthcare experience.


John Stoddard

Health Care Without Harm New England regional coordinator

John Stoddard, MS. is a New England Regional Coordinator for Health Care Without Harm’s Healthy Food in Health Care program. He works throughout New England on facilitating local and sustainable food procurement for health care institutions, with a specific focus on Connecticut and Massachusetts. In his role as Regional Coordinator, John works closely with Boston Medical Center, advising them on ways to increase their use of local and sustainable foods.

John began his career in the waste reduction field, working with institutions and municipalities to decrease their landfill bound waste.  He is also a founder of Higher Ground Farm, Boston’s first rooftop farm located in the Seaport District of Boston. Higher Ground has been growing for 5 years, and sells fresh produce to restaurants and through a weekly farm stand. Higher Ground is managing the operations for BMC’s rooftop farm. John earned his Master of Science from Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition specializing in the Agriculture, Food, and Environment program.

Katrina Horgan

Clinical Nutrition Manager, Boston Medical Center

Hermine Levey Weston, RN, MBA (Moderator)

Member Engagement Manager, Practice Greenhealth

Hermine Levey Weston, RN, MBA is Member Engagement Manager at Practice Greenhealth where she manages member accounts by providing support and technical expertise related to environmental and sustainability programs in health care settings. She is a health care professional with over 25 years of experience in health care quality management. Prior to joining the Practice Greenhealth team she was employed by the Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Hermine developed the sustainability framework for improvement at this hospital and consulted with other community hospitals and nursing homes in Western Massachusetts regarding health care sustainability. For these efforts she was recognized as a Nurse Luminary whose members shine a light on environmental challenges in the diverse settings where they live and work. Hermine applied her healthcare experience while earning a Green MBA from Antioch University New England.

Contact Information:

     Phone: 1-888-521-6664

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Inspiration Hour: Hospital Farm to Hospital Plate
Learn how Boston Medical Center planned, funded and executed the building of the Higher Ground Farm. See the garden plans, how they planted and tended the crops and integrated the produce into hospital menus. Demonstration kitchen, the food pantry as an innovative. How to integrate patients and staff in the healthy hospital farm experience. Live event: 10/04/2017 at 2:00 PM (EDT) You must register to access.
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