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Our Vision

Learning kitchenOn the Parkview Hospital Randallia campus, you’ll find our 3,000 square-foot Parkview Community Greenhouse and Learning Kitchen.

Our vision is to revolutionize our community’s involvement in restoring and advancing health and well-being, combating childhood obesity, reversing chronic disease and educating all ages about how to grow, harvest and prepare fresh produce.

Ending food deserts

The facility was designed to give residents in the area access to fresh produce and the information and skills they need to improve their nutrition and overall health. The location was specifically chosen because 46805 is one of five Fort Wayne zip codes considered to be a food desert. According to the Centers for Disease Control, food deserts are areas where residents lack access to affordable fruits, vegetables and other foods that make up a full and healthy diet.

The first of its kind

The greenhouse is the first of its kind in the area, providing hands-on gardening and growing skill-building classes and tours. Together with our community, we seek to advance our local food system by providing access to affordable, healthy produce at the HEAL summer markets.

We are working to:

  • Overcome barriers to accessing healthy foods
  • Advance local food systems
  • Cultivate foundational skills for growing and preparing life-sustaining food
  • Strengthen partnerships for collective impact
  • Connect the dots for full community well-being

Fresh new ideas are taking root and sprouting up and we hope you will join us!

If you have questions about our Community Greenhouse & Learning Kitchen, email us at

The greenhouse and learning kitchen were made possible by a gift from Parkview Community Health Improvement and Parkview Physicians Group.