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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Edible Garden Coming to AT&T Park

Posted By on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Imagine a garden right behind the center field wall. - FLICKR/EVILTOMTHAI

Here's some news that's soooo S.F.: AT&T Park is building an edible garden hopefully set to open in advance of the 2014 season, the Chronicle is reporting. The so-called Giants Garden will be a 3,000 square foot organic garden behind the center field bleachers that will grow produce for some of the park's concessions, as well as act as an open-air classroom for the community. The garden is a collaboration between the Giants and Bon Appetit Management Co., which runs some of the concessions in the park, and is the first of its kind in the country.

See also: Seeds of Evolution: Hayes Valley Farm Wasn't the End of Urban Agriculture in S.F.

Original Joe's: Hitting a Homer at AT&T Park

Inside Scoop has all the renderings for a garden that will apparently include strawberries, avocados, herbs, edible flowers, and a bunch of fruits and vegetables. In the off-season, the park hopes to hold community tours and education sessions.

The garden was announced by President Obama yesterday during the Giants' visit to the White House, and we're sure the initiative has a thumbs up from Michelle Obama, who famously has her own edible garden on the White House lawn. However, President Obama made it clear that the time-honored culinary traditions at the ballpark will continue. "Even Michelle would say it's okay to have a hot dog once in a while, though," he said. "I don't want everybody to get carried away and think they have to have kale every time they go to the ballpark."

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Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.


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