Giants Go Organic
Stadium Plants Community Garden
AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, announced recently that it plans to open an organic garden behind the center-field wall next season. Called the Giants Garden, the 3,000-square foot garden will be located between the left- and right-field bleachers, an area that is made up of concrete and sod. It will be the first project of its kind at any professional venue in the U.S.
Over time, the garden will be used to provide food for the catering operations in the park, and will also serve as an open-air restaurant and community classroom.
“We really wanted to be able to do something that is not just very San Francisco, but a part of today’s world,” says Larry Baer, Giants president and CEO. “The commitment we’re making is to create this garden and use that real estate in a way that’s productive. We think it’s the perfect solution.”
The project is a partnership between the Giants and Bon Appétit Management Company. “There’s so much product we can grow, it’s unbelievable,” says Fedele Bauccio, Bon Appétit founder and president. “Kale, strawberries, broccolini, citrus, huckleberry. The idea would be for people to sit there and watch the game and eat food from the garden.”
The garden is expected to be ready on Opening Day 2014.