Farm to Ballpark
The San Francisco Giants and Bon Appétit Management Company opened a 4,320 square-foot urban garden space today behind the centerfield wall. The Garden at AT&T Park will grow produce on the menu at the ballpark, provide a gathering place for fans, and serve as an outdoor classroom for Bay Area youth to learn about healthy eating and agriculture.
The landscape design, by Blasen Landscape Architecture and EDG under the direction of Bon Appétit Management Company CEO and Cofounder Fedele Bauccio, integrates cutting-edge vertical aeroponic towers made by Future Growing with traditional raised beds atop the concrete plaza. Each tower, made of FDA-compliant, food-grade plastic, can grow up to 44 plants on a tiny footprint. The aeroponic towers use up to 95 percent less water than conventional farming by recycling 100 percent of the growing solution.
The sustainably grown fruits, vegetables, greens, and flowers will be harvested at peak ripeness year round for the restaurant – regardless of the team schedule and community-focused programs – with Peet’s coffee grounds used as fertilizer for the planter beds. The list of produce includes: blueberries, strawberries, avocados, tomatoes, peppers, squash, lettuces, lemons, watercress, kale, and lemongrass.
We love how this partnership epitomizes local trends and community stewardship in a captive setting where food education is suitable. Healthy living should be part of every athletic cornerstone and The Garden’s the perfect gateway for people to grow and cultivate under the guise of sportsmanship.
Follow the journey from garden to table on Instagram at @GiantsGarden.