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The Garden at AT&T Park

  • The Garden at AT&T Park

    The Garden at AT&T Park will supply fresh-picked greens, vegetables and fruit for Bon Appétit's ballpark menus and serve as a culinary and nutritional classroom for children in the community. It will also serve as another unique gathering place for fans to enjoy AT&T Park before and during games.

    Giants partner Peet's Coffee & Tea will serve as a sponsor of The Garden and will provide coffee grounds to continually fertilize the planter beds. Bon Appétit will also serve Peet's Gaia Organic Blend Coffee from The Garden's concessions.

    "Last year, during our visit to the White House in honor of our 2012 World Series title, President Obama announced our plans to create an edible garden at AT&T Park," said Giants President and CEO Larry Baer. "For the past year, our partner Bon Appétit has worked tirelessly under the leadership of its CEO and Cofounder Fedele Bauccio to make this vision a reality. As usual, Bon Appétit has exceeded our expectations and has created a special place in the ballpark which will certainly become a popular place for our fans to gather and an outdoor classroom where our children can learn."

    "We believe strongly that fresh, delicious food is a powerful teaching tool. All over the country, at the universities and corporations Bon Appétit serves, we've been excited to create and support kitchen gardens and campus farms," said Bauccio. "This particular one has been a dream of mine for a long time, and I am so proud to see it finally blooming."

    Located behind the centerfield wall, just under the scoreboard, this 4,320 square-foot space offers a bounty of fruits, vegetables, greens and flowers grown sustainably that will be harvested at peak ripeness year round. Blueberries, strawberries, avocados, tomatoes, peppers, squash, lettuces, lemons, watercress, kale and lemongrass will be available for Bon Appétit and guest chefs to pluck fresh for salads and other special dishes for ballpark guests. The produce will also be used in community-focused programs about healthy eating.

    The landscape design, by Blasen Landscape Architecture and EDG under Bauccio's direction, integrates cutting-edge vertical aeroponic towers made by Future Growing with traditional raised beds atop the concrete plaza. Each tower, made of FDA-compliant, food-grade plastic, can grow up to 44 plants on a tiny footprint. The aeroponic towers use up to 95 percent less water than conventional farming by recycling 100 percent of the growing solution. They are most commonly found in urban farms and in rooftop and restaurant gardens.

    The Garden will serve as an outdoor classroom where Bay Area youth will gather to learn about sustainability, urban farming and healthy eating. The goal of The Garden is to introduce and educate the community about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. The Giants and Bon Appétit will work closely with local chefs, farmers and wellness organizations to teach children about how to plant their own urban garden and how to prepare healthy meals. Local Peet's Coffee & Tea locations will offer the community free coffee grounds to use as fertilizer in their personal gardens. 

    The Garden will also feature a bar, dining tables, benches and fire pits for fans to use during their visit to AT&T Park. Fans will also have the opportunity to picnic on the sod farm, which is harvested for use on the playing field. The Garden's centerfield wall will include small cutout slits with ground-level views of the field.  

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: What is the purpose of The Garden?

    A: The Garden at AT&T Park will serve as a spectacular outdoor venue where fans of all ages will gather to enjoy a bounty of fresh-picked fruits and vegetables and to learn about sustainability, urban farming and healthy eating.

    Q: Who will The Garden serve?

    A: The Garden will serve fans, ballpark guests, children, local community members, schools and community non-profits.

    Q: Why did the Giants choose to build an edible garden at the ballpark?

    A: The Giants and Bon Appétit Management Company wanted to create a first-of-its- kind garden in an American sports facility where fans can congregate during a game surrounded by living towers and planter beds all growing local, sustainable produce. The Garden will also serve as a classroom for children in the community to learn about healthy eating.

    Q: What kinds of food will be featured in The Garden?

    A: The Garden will offer a bounty of seasonal fruits, vegetables, greens and flowers. Blueberries, strawberries, avocados, tomatoes, peppers, squash, lettuces, lemons, watercress, kale and lemongrass will be available for picking and use in ballpark food offerings.

    Q: What kind of programs will be offered to the community?

    A: Programs will range from the basics of growing and cooking fruits and vegetables to forming healthy eating habits.

    Q: Will other organizations/community groups be involved with The Garden?

    A: Yes other organizations and community groups will work collaboratively with the Giants and Bon Appétit to create and develop effective, meaningful and results-oriented programs focused on healthy eating and nutrition. These programs are currently being developed and the goal is to create regularly scheduled community events primarily targeted to youth.

    Q: Where is The Garden located in the ballpark?

    A: The 4,320 square-foot garden is located behind the centerfield wall, just under the scoreboard.

    Q: What about food safety?

    A: The Giants and Bon Appétit Management Company will work together to create an efficient   gardening process that will provide safe and nutritious foods at The Garden.

    Q: Who will be responsible for the maintenance of The Garden?

    A: The Garden will be maintained by a landscape firm working with Bon Appétit Management Company.

    Q: Who designed The Garden?

    A: The Garden was designed by Blasen Landscape Architecture and EDG under the direction of Bon   Appétit Management Company CEO Fedele Bauccio. It integrates cutting-edge aeroponic towers made by Future Growing with traditional raised beds atop the concrete plaza. Each tower, made of FDA-compliant, food-grade plastic can grow up to 44 plants on a 2.5-foot square footprint. The aeroponic towers use up to 95 percent less water than conventional farming by recycling 100 percent of the growing solution.

    Q. Will fans be able to eat in The Garden?

    A. Yes, Bon Appétit's Garden Table and Hearth Table concessions will feature flatbreads from the pizza oven, antipasti, bruschetta, smoothies, juices, sandwiches and garden salads. Service will begin after the All-Star Break in mid-July. The Garden will feature a bar, dining tables, benches and fire pits for fans to use during their visit to AT&T Park. Fans will also have the opportunity to picnic on the sod farm, which is harvested for use on the playing field.

    Q: Who are the sponsors of The Garden?

    A: Giants partner Peet's Coffee & Tea will serve as a sponsor of The Garden and will provide coffee grounds to continually fertilize the planter beds. Bon Appétit will also serve Peet's Gaia Organic Blend Coffee from The Garden's concessions.

    Q: What are the hours of operation of The Garden?

    A: The Garden will be open on game days approximately two hours prior to first pitch and on non-game days and weekends for special events.

    Q: Will The Garden be available for private events?

    A: Yes, the space will be available to rent for private events, based on availability.