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Garden Party: MLB Giants Plan Organic Vegetable Garden At AT&T Park

Food from the garden would eventually be used for the park's catering operations
The MLB Giants yesterday announced plans to "construct an edible garden at AT&T Park," according to Janny Hu of the S.F. CHRONICLE. 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 U.S. The garden would eventually be "used to supply food for the park's catering operations, and double as an open-air restaurant and community classroom." The 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 '00. Early renderings of the garden "include hydroponic troughs, concrete planters and green trellises, or 'living walls.'" Still to be determined is the "nature of the wall that will divide the garden from the field." The Giants "hope to have construction completed in the offseason" so the garden would be ready for Opening Day '14 (S.F. CHRONICLE, 7/30).
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