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Good Samaritan adds farm for community health

6:38 PM, Oct 25, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- There's a new twist in health care for low income families in Northwest Atlanta.

It's called "global health"----treating not only how you feel, but making sure you eat the right foods and its happening at the Good Samaritan Health Center on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway.

Good Samaritan started more than 15 years ago as a Health Center to serve low income and the uninsured, but today it includes a one-acre farm serving thousands of patients with fresh vegetables and herbs every week.

Inside Good Samaritan, a staff of doctors, nurses, assistants and host of volunteers look after the physical and mental health of more than 30,000 patients a year.

"The folks we are caring for honestly in most cases have nowhere else to go for care. We are their doctor," said Dr. Bill Warren, Founder the Chief Executive Officer of Good Samaritan.

And outside Good Samaritan, a unique concept.

A thriving one-acre farm to make sure that patients eat right.

"The concept of an urban farm is new. The concept of linking it to a health center is also new. We are the first. It is truly cutting edge when you look at the whole health of the person. We are relay bringing the circle to completion by doing this," Warren said.

Adding to it, the Center runs nutrition classes for patients, and they say their eating habits are changing.

"Eating foods as close as possible to their natural state is the best," says Sherry Motley, a patient and student in the nutrition class.

To keep the farm thriving, now with 18 varieties of vegetables and herbs-Good Samaritan needed supplies

"We need tools for our garden. Hoses, rakes, shovels, things like that,"
Warren said.

The Help Desk set out to get them for the volunteer working the farm.

What a surprise for Warren and his staff when Ace Hardware from Howell Mill Road pulled up with just about everything on the Center's wish list.

"Man alive! This is fantastic," Warren excitedly said as the truck was being unloaded.

Still on the way to Good Samaritan, a tree orchard.
And that will mean more supplies...

 

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