Baseball & Locally Grown Produce. Does It Get Any Better?
Much to the dismay of my father, I might be LA Farm Girl, but I am an avid San Francisco Giantsí fan. I blame my college years spent in Northern California. So imagine my delight when I heard the team is planning to install an edible garden at AT&T Park, making it the first edible garden to be built at a major U.S. sports facility. Baseball and locally grown produce? Does it get any better?
Not surprisingly, the 3,000 square foot garden, is being referred to as simply “Giants Garden,” and is scheduled to open in time for the start of the 2014 baseball season.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the organic garden, designed by EDG Design Group will be planted behind the center field wall, between the left and right field bleachers. The edible garden will occupy a sunny area that is now covered with mostly concrete and used for growing replacement sod.† In addition to concrete planters and hydroponic troughs, there will also be veggies, herbs, fruit and flowers climbing up green trellises, for a total of 40 different edible plants.
It will not only supply some of the concessions at the ball park, but will have outdoor dining and serve as a community classroom during the off-season. This classroom will help to educate the community, and youth in particular, about growing their own food through classes and kid-friendly tours.
The garden is a partnership between the Giants and Bon Appetit Management, a company that operates some of the stadiumís concession stands.
The Bay Area is a hotbed for locally grown produce, school gardens,† farmers’ markets, and community gardens. So it is not a surprise that this would be happening there. As Giants CEO Larry Baer told the Chronicle: “we really wanted to be able to do something that is not just very San Francisco, but a part of today’s world.”