We're excited to announce that we will be planting and caring for the new Safeco Field Urban Farm! Tucked behind the centerfield wall at Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners, is a new urban garden that will supply fresh-picked greens, herbs and vegetables for the ballpark menu.
The Safeco Field Urban Garden will be tended with sustainable practices such as water-saving drip irrigation and the use of organic products and nutrient rich compost from Cedar Grove. The 450-square foot raised bed was prepared in late March with Cedar Grove Booster Blend organic compost plus manure and potting mix to improve the existing soil.
The early spring planting in late March included hardy plants such as Romaine and butter lettuce, red cabbage, onions (kale, arugula, cilantro, mustard greens, radishes???). Later plantings will include a variety of warm weather loving peppers, basil, beets, parsley, scallions, Roma tomatoes and cucumbers.
Centerplate, the Mariners concessions partner at Safeco Field, will incorporate the fresh produce into menu items for the Hit It Here Café throughout the baseball season.
“This garden closes the loop on the Mariners’ organics recycling program, using compost, manufactured by Cedar Grove using food scraps collected at Safeco Field, to grow vegetables at the ballpark to be consumed by fans,” said Karen Dawson, director of community relations, Cedar Grove.
Safeco Field has been collecting recycling compostables since 2007, resulting in the diversion of 9.4 million pounds of food and yard waste from the landfill. The food scraps and grass clippings are mingled with organic matter collected from businesses, restaurants, and homeowners across the greater Seattle area and transformed by Cedar Grove into compost that is prized by gardeners across the Northwest.
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