Community Programs

The Plow to Plate initiative began with the formation of a community coalition with a broad range of members dedicated to the notion that individual and community well being depends upon a sustainable local and regional food system. Coalition members work together to create and sponsor activities, ongoing programs and individual projects that promote “health” in the broadest sense possible.

New Milford Hospital, in cooperation with senior centers in New Milford, Sherman, Bridgewater, Roxbury, New Fairfield, Kent, Washington and Brookfield is now offering Senior Suppers Monday through Friday in the hospital’s dining room.

Bring your Senior Center I.D. and for only $5, you can enjoy a delicious, well balanced meal, surrounded by nice people. After dinner, we invite you to stay a little longer for conversation, entertainment and special events.

Senior Suppers at New Milford are served Monday – Friday from 4 – 6 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are served Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Reservations are mandatory, so please call 860-210-5011 no later than 2 p.m. on the day that you wish to attend.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a relationship between a farm and you the customer. By selling membership in advance of the growing season, CSA's reduce the burden of up-front costs for the farmer. Your membership fees provide a degree of cash flow to purchase seed and fertilizer, repair buildings and equipment & pay weekly labor bills before the season starts. Your commitment to a share of the upcoming growing season cannot be appreciated enough; as we will strive to provide ultra-fresh produce with all the flavor & vitamin benefits, exposure to different produce items and interesting ways to prepare them, designated farm visits and tours to see how your produce is grown and the development of a relationship with the farmers growing them.

The March Farm CSA program will span 16 weeks starting in June and running thru September.  Pick up day will be Thursday and food will be held until 5 p.m. Friday in the New Milford Hospital Café. Seasonal farm grown produce planned for the 2017 growing season include cherry tomatoes, asparagus, English cucumbers, kale, string beans, cherries, strawberries, nectarines, sweet corn, carrots and more. The cost for this program is $525 (approx. $32.80 per week).  Please contact Michele.Macdonnell@wchn.org or call 860-210-5362 for more information. 

The Diebold Family Cancer Center presents ‘Let’s Get Cooking’, a plant–based cooking workshop for cancer survivors

‘Let’s Get Cooking’ workshops are designed to answer the practical questions and provide the what, how and why answers. ‘Let’s Get Cooking’ is designed to meet the ongoing nutritional and weight management education needs of our survivors and are supported by funds from the Diebold Family Cancer Center and New Milford Hospital Foundation. This program is offered quarterly, free of charge, in the New Milford Hospital Café.

Click here for more information on the next ‘Let’s Get Cooking’ workshop

Attend a Community Health Forum at New Milford Hospital, an awareness and education program connecting the ideas of healthy food choices and disease and cancer prevention habits and lifestyles. Information and resources are available to inspire changes in behavior.

Click here for more information on upcoming Community Health Forums

Visit the New Milford Farmers Market, Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., May through October, on the New Milford Green for locally grown food and goods.

Click here for more information on the New Milford Farmers Market

Understanding that our community’s youth would be a strong voice in advocating for Plow to Plate’s mission, chef Anne Gallagher and Dr. Diane D’Isidori created the Youth Chef Advocacy Program.  This 4-month program runs weekly during the CT growing season and is taught by Chef Anne and Dr. Diane. The program serves to enlighten middle and high school students about the critical role sustainable and local food systems play in their individual health and the well being of their community and the environment.  It teaches them professional culinary skills to create meals using seasonal, local ingredients, and supports them in advocating for sustainable food systems and CT farmland preservation.

Since 2008, the Youth Chef Program has graduated over 60 youth chef advocates from New Milford and Brookfield and has helped to educate the community about benefits of locally grown food.  

Nutrition is an important part of cancer treatment, because cancer and cancer treatment can affect the body's ability to tolerate certain foods. Using nutrients and good nutrition is not only important, it can help cancer patients feel better and stay stronger.

With generous support from our community, New Milford Hospital’s 'Eating Well' program provides patients at the Diebold Family Cancer Center with the nutritional benefits of organic Plow to Plate eating, free of charge. The program allows Diebold Family Cancer Center patients to enjoy a free Plow to Plate meal after each chemotherapy or radiation therapy treatment, with the option of eating in our Hospital café or taking their meals home.