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Garden Has Great Growth Opportunities

ZEPHYRHILLS, FL (March 22, 2016) David Force, a staff representative at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills (FHZ), fills the garden boxes that he and other colleagues made on Wednesday, March 16, as the hospital’s two-acre community garden had its soft opening.  Phase one of the garden is located behind the hospital on Dairy Road.  Force spearheads the Community Garden Committee along with a handful of other employees. He came up with the idea several years ago and a gazebo, garden shed and small greenhouse have already been built. “There’s been great support from the FHZ Volunteer Auxiliary, local contractors and vendors,” Force said. FHZ is the only hospital in the area that has a community garden and the only Adventist Hospital in the nation to start one other than in Castle Rock, Colorado.  Future plans include a conference center and aquaponics. Anyone can rent a 4’ x 4’ or 4’ x 8’ garden bed for $75 a year and FHZ provides the soil at no charge. Raised beds are also available for those who have mobility limitations. For information and rental inquiries, call (813) 779-6470 or email FHZgarden@ahss.org.