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September 25, 2017

Farm-to-hospital initiative offers new outlet to local farmers

Farmers in the Wells and York area are getting a boost from a new farm-to-hospital initiative at York Hospital.

The Bangor Daily News reported that the hospital's food services director, Jorge Descarte, began sourcing local farm products a year ago and expanded the initiative this year. Descarte visits the farmers, reviews the harvest schedule and considers trends in food, gluten-free and vegan options, and the dietary needs of patients and visitors.

"It's important when people are ill that they eat to get well and it's been our long-time priority to feed them high quality, fresh food," Leisa Smith, lead clinical dietician, told the BDN.

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