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Monaco hospital inaugurates urban vegetable garden

Monaco hospital inaugurates urban vegetable garden

By Staff Writer - May 23, 2017

Hospital vegetable garden (L-R): André Garino, Chairman of CHPG Board of Directors, Benoîte De Sevelinges, Deputy Director of CHPG, Stéphane Valeri, Minister of Health, Jessica Sbaraglia, founder of "Terre de Monaco" and Patrick Bini, Director of CHPG © CHPG
Hospital vegetable garden (L-R): André Garino, Chairman of CHPG Board of Directors, Benoîte De Sevelinges, Deputy Director of CHPG, Stéphane Valeri, Minister of Health, Jessica Sbaraglia, founder of “Terre de Monaco” and Patrick Bini, Director of CHPG ©CHPG

As if its medical excellence was not enough, the Princess Grace Hospital has opened a vegetable garden.

On Monday, May 22, Stéphane Valeri, Minister of Health and Social Affairs, inaugurated the urban vegetable garden of the Princess Grace Hospital Centre, in the presence of André Garino, Chairman of the Board of CHPG, Patrick Bini, Director of CHPG, Benoîte De Sevelinges, Deputy Director, and Jessica Sbaraglia, founder of Terre de Monaco.

Urban agriculture has become an interest for CHPG, which called on the association Terre de Monaco to bring the project to fruition. This partnership led to the creation of a 250sqm vegetable garden, whose healthy and tasty produce is destined for the kitchen of CHPG’s nursery, retirement homes and staff restaurants.

Two months of work and 20 tons of organic potting soil were necessary to transform unused land into a real farm in the heart of Monaco. This approach is part of CHPG’s Sustainable Development policy, which since 2010 has been developing innovations and projects, aimed both at saving energy and reducing its environmental impact.

Terre de Monaco has set itself the task of establishing urban agriculture, in particular ecological fruit and vegetable gardens, on the rooftops, balconies and the surroundings of buildings of the Principality and neighbouring municipalities, while marketing the produce from its small farms under its own label.

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