The San Francisco Giants have opened an edible garden and restaurant in center field just under the scoreboard at AT&T Park.
The Garden at AT&T Park is a 4,320 sq. ft. space with seasonal fruits, vegetables, greens, and flowers. The crops will be available for picking and be used in the ballpark food. Blueberries, strawberries, avocados, tomatoes, peppers, squash, lettuces, lemons, watercress, kale, and lemongrass will be available for guest chefs to pick for salads and other special dishes for fans at the park. Local Peet’s Coffee & Tea locations will also offer the community free coffee grounds to use as fertilizer on the plants that benefit from acidic soil, such as blueberries.
The project was first shared with the public by President Barack Obama last summer, when the Giants visited the White House after they won the franchise’s 2nd World Series Championship in 3 years. “With rows of kale and strawberries and eggplant, the Giants are going to help encourage local youth to eat healthy — even at the ballpark,” President Obama said, as quoted by the LA Times in an earlier article.
The Giants held a press conference for the opening of The Garden on Tuesday afternoon. Giants’ Right Fielder Hunter Pence was at the event to share his excitement for having kale growing in center field, as well as to plant seeds with the Giants’ youth program, the Junior Giants.
The franchise also has several other plans for the garden. The organization plans to work with community groups to create and develop programs focused on healthy eating, and the garden will be used as an open-air classroom for students during the Giants’ off-season, where Bay Area youth will go to learn about sustainability, urban farming and healthy eating.
Greg Cotta filed this report.