Fenway Farms featured on Yale Climate Connections

Fenway Farms featured on Yale Climate Connections
July 22, 2015
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Fresh vegetables are grown, harvested, cooked and served at the Boston Red Sox’s ballpark.Move over, hotdogs, and make room for a healthier menu at the Boston Red Sox’s Fenway Park. Fans can order salads and wraps made from vegetables grown in the park’s new 5,000-square-foot rooftop garden, affectionately called “Fenway Farms.”

Boston Red Sox Fenway Farms

Facilities manager Chris Knight, explains that one of the biggest motivations was …KNIGHT: “… the demand from fans for greater access to healthy food options here at the ballpark.”The Red Sox know that a ball traveling at high speed is sometimes called a “pea,” but when they decided to grow the vegetable, they had to bring in outside experts. Knight says the farm is truly a collaboration between the team, the company who will grow and harvest the crops, and the stadium concessionaire – who is creating a new menu for health conscious fans.Fenway Farms is expected to produce about 4,000 pounds of produce annually. The farm will also offer environmental and nutritional programs for local students.KNIGHT: “That will give local students an opportunity to learn about sustainability and healthy living options.”The farm doubles as a green roof, so it will also improve air quality and reduce storm water runoff, making Fenway Farms a sustainability grand slam.Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media/Jill Gorey.Photo source: Fenway Greening websiteRead the article at Yale Climate Connections.