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First-ever edible garden in a major American sports facility

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An artists’ rendering of the Giants Garden, a 3,000-square-foot organic garden slated to open next season at AT&T Park. Believed to be the first of its kind at an American sports venue, the edible garden will supply produce for some of the parks’ concessions and serve as an open-air dining area and community classroom.

San Francisco Giants plan to bring food from centerfield to table

By Janny Hu
San Francisco Chronicle
July 30, 2013

Excerpt:

The ambitious project, dubbed the Giants Garden, calls for a 3,000-square-foot organic garden to be planted behind the center-field wall, a space between the left- and right-field bleachers that is now mostly concrete and the area where replacement sod is grown. It would be the first such facility at any professional sports venue in the United States.

Eventually, the garden would be used to supply food for the park’s catering operations, and double 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,” said 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 centerfield-to-table project is a partnership between the Giants and Bon Appetit Management Co., which has operated the high-end concessions in the field and club levels and suites since the ballpark opened in 2000.

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