Guest Post: The Garden at AT&T Park
A note from Sally Rogers, Chair of Slow Food San Francisco: Slow Food San Francisco spent some time touring the Garden at AT&T Park in the last couple weeks. We love what they’re doing there! Like Slow Food, they believe it’s important for individuals to begin learning about the benefits of healthy eating at an early age – and they’re teaching Bay Area kids about that every day! Check out more about their impact and programs below.
It’s been a cold and wet winter, but the Garden at AT&T Park has not let the rain slow down its efforts to provide nutrition and food education for children in the Bay Area community. Each week, students from public schools, after-school programs, and community organizations that include Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, YMCA of San Francisco, Hamilton Family Center, and the Junior Giants visit the Garden for hands-on lessons in gardening, cooking, and nutrition.
We believe it’s important for individuals to begin learning about the benefits of healthy eating at an early age, and many of the kids who visit us live in low-income areas where access to fresh fruits and vegetables is limited. In 2016, more than 1,000 children participated in the Garden at AT&T Park’s education program, and 2017 is already off to a great start. Groups such as Sutro Elementary, Mission Community Beacon, Paul Revere Elementary, and Community Grows have visited the Garden and made delicious meals using ingredients that they harvested themselves.
Our field trips usually open with a discussion about where food comes from or the importance of eating locally sourced food. Students often hear about the challenges within our food system, but they aren’t always presented with achievable solutions. That’s what we hope to empower them with.
The Garden at AT&T Park is a partnership between the San Francisco Giants and Bon Appétit Management Company. In addition to its role as an outdoor classroom, the Garden inspires fans of all ages to learn about sustainability, urban farming, and healthy eating through the two bistros located within the garden—Hearth Table and Garden Table. During baseball games, fruits and vegetables are harvested at peak ripeness and serve as an inspiration for dishes served. Anyone with a regular ticket has access to the garden, which opens two hours before the first pitch.
To stay up to date with what’s going in the Garden at AT&T Park, follow us on social media (@GiantsGarden Instagram and Twitter) or visit our website at www.bamco.com/garden. If you’re interested in learning more about our education program, contact Garden at AT&T Park Program Manager Allison Campbell.