Eskenazi Health Sky Farm has first-ever harvest

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Seven stories above Indianapolis sits a farm field with a view that can only be described as breathtaking. On Tuesday, Eskenazi Health Sky Farm had its first-ever harvest.

Rachel White, who has been farming for eight years, is growing food on the seventh floor roof of Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Health so she can feed patrons below.

“So I’m going to harvest them and wash them and then I’ll take them down to Cafe Soleil and they’ll put them on their menu,” White said.

Radishes are being harvested first, along with baby kale and baby mustard. Eventually, there will be onions, garlic, asparagus, strawberries, tomatoes, peppers and more.

The food grown at the sky farm will not only feed people in the hospital, but it will also be used as an educational tool.

“People get to interact with what I’m growing, to see what a pepper looks like on the vine. And I think that’s pretty important,” White said.

At 5,000-square feet, the sky farm is about a tenth of an acre.

“It feels like a small space for a farm, and so we’re learning how to use a small space to get the most out of it,” she said.

While it is small, the view of downtown Indianapolis from seven stories in the sky is one few farm fields can match. A view that just adds to the enjoyment of the harvest.

The first gardening classes at the Eskenazi Health Sky Farm begin next week. Students who sign up will learn how to plant and harvest a garden of their own.

By later this summer, the sky farm will be open to everyone. Patients and the public will have the opportunity to go up there, ask White questions, or just enjoy the view.

Eskenazi Health is located at 720 Eskenazi Avenue inside of the Fifth Third Bank Building in Indianapolis.

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