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Maris Garden’s Story: Patients at this hospital eat vegetable from a

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Maris Garden’s Story: Patients at this hospital eat vegetable from a "Plant Factory".

 

 

 

It is the first underground medical theme park (MTP) building of the Catholic Kwandong University International St. Mary’s Hospital.

 A man in a white gown wipes his hands clean, and then wears white gloves. When the button on the wall is pressed, the disinfectant is sprayed toward the body of the man. The opaque automatic door opens, and the man enters the door.

 He is not a doctor who enters an operating theatre. He is an agriculturalist of this “Plant Factory”.

 Instead of sunlight and soil, vegetation grows under the fluorescent light and nutritious fluids.  

 It is a place to cultivate pollution-free plants in the basement of the hospital for 2,000 patients and the elderly every day.

  "The farmer" visited the plant factory "Maris Garden" in the hospital.


 



In this plant factory, which is operated by the medical theme park of the Catholic Kwandong University International St. Mary’s Hospital, pollution free plants grow for the patients.

 These are eighteen vegetables such as lettuce, chicory, beet, kale, and etc., which will be served at the table of the inpatients, hospital staff, and residents of senior town “Maris Stella”. Pesticides are not used here.

 Because they are the vegetables to be supplied to patients, they are free from various pollutants by restricting access to outsider.

 

  

 

"The Farmer" visited Maris Garden at 10PM on Thursday.

To get inside this plant factory, you have to go through a strict disinfection process. You can go into the cultivation room only by wearing a white protective suit and wearing a hat over it, in order to prevent contamination of the plants from external bacteria. 

The employees were in the process of harvesting lettuce and kale that day. Fresh lettuce leaves piled up in the basket. Every Monday and Thursday morning is the day of harvesting the vegetables to be supplied to the patients. "We send the harvested vegetables directly to the hospital and Maris Stella’s kitchen," said Kim Jun-il, the agriculturalist.

Maris Garden harvests 25-30 kg of vegetables at a time, which will be 50 to 60 kg per week, 200 to 240 kg of vegetables a month are produced at this plant factory

It is quite a lot for what comes from an indoor factory in the basement of a building.

An official at the Maris Garden said, "The amount of vegetables supplied as actual food ingredients will probably be the largest among domestic plant factories."

 




The factory area is 230 square meters, but considering that the plants are grown in five racks, the actual cultivation area is more than 1000 square meters. Since the daily demand of hospital is fixed, it is important to produce steady volume. Sowing, budding, growing and harvesting are all controlled directly within the plant factory.

There is no soil or sunshine when growing vegetables. Instead, wake the seeds with water and proper temperature in the germination area. Before going to the cultivation room, young buds get special care in the seeding room. After 10 ~ 15 days, they are moved to the main cultivation room and after 4 weeks of growing (based on lettuce), it is a good time to harvest. This is much shorter than the duration of cultivation (10 weeks).

 



 

 To supply the carbon dioxide needed for photosynthesis of plants, use Hericium erinaceus(mushroom). In the mushroom cultivation room on the side of the plant factory, you can Hericium erinaceus(mushroom) growing using the leftover heat and light. This mushroom grows and emits carbon dioxide, which is used to feed other plant. It is a structure where mushrooms and vegetables coexist.


 

 

The outer wall of the plant factory is made of a glass wall, so anyone who passes through this area can watch the plants grow for 365 days. This is a way for patients who cannot get out of the hospital to look at the green plants and make them feel comfortable. This is a sort of 'horticulture' effect.

In fact, there are a lot of patients, who go out for a walk with IV poles. It is a 'factory' that grows plants regardless of outside weather, so the color of this place is constantly green in even in winter.

 

How about vegetable for patient diet?

Since these are vegetables grown in a safe environment without the pesticide and outside pollution, the patients’ response is positive. This vegetable is also used in salads of restaurants in medical theme parks. It is also popular in the markets held in hospital lobby every week. The market also sells vegetables such as lettuce as well as mushrooms.



 
When I tasted the pollution-free vegetables produced in the plant factory, it was sweeter and tender than vegetable from outside. The fiber is not tough because it is cultivated by fluorescent light instead of ordinary sunlight. These vegetables grow in a clean environment and can be eaten right away without washing

 When I complimented "Lettuce is delicious", the staff replied. "This is a hospital, so the vegetable should not be tough to chew, if you think it will be served by a patient or an elderly person. We will make the role of plant factory in hospital and future. "

 

Source : http://blog.naver.com/nong-up/220963578123 (“The Farmer”)