The Green[est] Giant

This weekend we stayed in the New England area for arguably one of the most important experiences one can have as a [temporary] resident - a trip to Fenway Park! Our visit included a private tour with the most amazing tour guide [Hi Bob!], champagne at State Street Pavilion & the catching of a game ball. As exciting as this all was, my favorite part of the tour involved organic vegetables. Yes, in the oldest baseball stadium in the USA, amidst the manually operated Green Monster and the only two green coke machines in the world, is perhaps the greenest item of them all - Fenway Farms

Located on the roof of the front office, down the Third Base side of the EMC level is a 5,000 square foot rooftop garden where approximately 6,000 pounds of fresh produce are harvested each growing season. 

Green City Growers, Fenway's farming partner, installed Fenway Farms in time for opening day in 2015. Partnering with Recover Green Roofs, Fenway Farms uses a milk crate growing system and a state-of-the art irrigation system.

Fenway Farms represents the Red Sox’s commitment to eating healthy and local. An estimated 500,000 children and adults interact with Fenway Farms annually, helping to expose thousands to the food growing process. Even more, the produce grown at Fenway Farms is served at specific restaurants throughout the park. 

Five major league teams have installed urban farms and gardens within their baseball stadiums: Petco Park, San Diego Padres [2011]; Coors Field, Denver Rockies [2012]; AT&T Park, San Francisco Giants [2013]; Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox [2015]; Nationals Park, Washington Nationals [2015]

Other Fun Facts: 

  • Majority of the crops grown at Fenway are served at the EMC Dining Club
  • The idea of Fenway Farms came from a female [obviously] - Linda Pizzuti Henry, wife of Red Sox co-owner John Henry
  • Planting crops in baseball bullpens has been 'a thing' before urban farming became a trend
  • May of 2001: Boston Red Sox coach John Cumberland planted beefsteak tomato plants in the team’s bullpen — 18 of them, to represent the last time that the team had won the World Series in 1918
  • The Red Sox had to get approval from five different government agencies at the city, state, and federal level before the farm could become a reality
  • Fenway farms removes some rainwater that falls on the stadium’s roof, meaning less water flows into the drainage system 
  • In addition to stadium tours, garden tours are becoming popular for younger fans
  • The Red Sox are working on implementing a community program focused on youth enrichment