“Buy me some kale salad and arugula flatbread” aren’t the lyrics to “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.” Although, if you’re going to see the Giants play at AT&T Park, you can now get some healthier options than peanuts or Cracker Jack.
Peet’s Coffee and Tea, a Giants sponsor, is providing coffee grounds for use as fertilizer in the 4,320 square foot garden, according to Mother Jones. The year-round garden uses aeroponics to grow a large amount of food in a relatively small space, a strategy already employed by many rooftop restaurant gardens.
Located behind the centerfield wall, the garden is currently open to ticket holders for seating and relaxation.
Photo: Blasen Gardens
You may be thinking that this garden couldn’t possibly be big enough to be the sole source of produce for the stadium. You’re right. Bonnie Powell, BAMCO Director of Communications, told MJ that “The main point of the garden is to be an educational one: how food grows, and that you can grow it even in small, challenging spaces.” Other produce for stadium concessions is provided by local growers.
Beyond simply being there as an inspiration to the 44,000 people in the stadium, the Garden will host classes on sustainability, urban farming, and healthy eating for Bay Area kids. Each of those aeroponic towers can grow up to 44 plants while taking up a tiny amount of space, according to the BAMCO press release. There’s even a sod farm growing in the garden that will be harvested for use on the field. Ticketholders can picnic on it while it’s growing.
This is just another example of how pro sports are changing in 2014. A purpose-built new stadium like the 49ers Levis Stadium is a great representation of what’s possible for new construction, but AT&T Park is an inspiration for existing stadiums all over the world.
Here’s a video showcasing the new park, which President Obama hailed for its forward-thinking design.
[via Mother Jones]