St. Luke's University Health Network joins forces with Rodale Institute to grow food for cafeterias

The hospital plans on growing 12 different veggies, including tomatoes, peppers and squash.

BETHLEHEM, Pa.—The St. Luke's University Health Network is leading the way in a new procedure, but its not in orthopedic or cardiovascular surgery. It's in the way it stocks its hospital cafeterias.

St. Luke's has partnered with the Rodale Institute in a project that will provide organic produce to cafeterias and patients at the health system's six hospitals.

On 5 acres at the St. Luke's Anderson Campus, the hospital plans to grow 12 vegetables, including tomatoes, squash and peppers. The Anderson Campus, which opened in 2011, sits on 500 acres off Route 33 in Bethlehem Township.