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lef Farms Keeps Front-Line Workers Happy and Healthy

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, New Hampshire-based lef Farms continues to do its part by providing hard-working front-line healthcare workers across New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey with more than $250,000 in baby greens in the past six months—a total of 50,000 meals.

“We’ve always seen ourselves as community advocates first and foremost,” says lef Farms founder, Henry Huntington. “The whole reason we started lef Farms was to reduce our community’s reliance on food sources outside our region by offering healthy local alternatives. Our ability to bring fresh greens to those logging countless hours to fight this pandemic is just another way to keep our community healthy and strong.” 

What began in March as a casual conversation about the country’s incredible pandemic relief efforts led to lef taking a more aggressive approach in its own region. lef contacted one of New England’s top grocers, Stop & Shop, joining forces and providing fresh greens directly to dedicated front-line workers. Through the Stop & Shop’s “Feeding the Frontline” program, lef provided 30,000 servings of fresh baby greens to medical first-responders at Mount Sinai and Long Island Community Hospital, in New York; Pascack Valley Medical Center, in New Jersey; and Boston Medical Center and Children’s Hospital. 

Given the success of the Stop & Shop partnership, lef turned its focus closer to home by inviting local New Hampshire food suppliers to join in. Without hesitation, Pete & Gerry’s added their organic eggs to the mix. And, like a series of dominos, other suppliers fell in line, like Contoocook Creamery, that donated fresh milk. Before too long, a small team of farmers were assembled to lift the spirits of healthcare providers and motivate them to continue their good fight.

“While the pandemic continues, we’re proud that our farm and other businesses can work together to give back to those who are giving so much. For them, it’s an outward demonstration of community support. A strong message of hope. And that’s exactly what this country needs,” smiles lef’s Huntington.

lef Farms is a one-acre hydroponic greenhouse growing facility  located in Loudon, NH, producing nearly 1.5 million pounds annually of its Crisp, Smooth, Spice and Fusion baby greens for New England. For more information, visit lef-Farms.com.