Sourced from the Herald Sun
Stadium gardens to feed fans and families in need could be built in major grounds such as the MCG and Melbourne Park under an innovative model already operating in the US.
The Boston Red Sox turned an underused patch of its famous Fenway Park baseball stadium into a 464 sqm rooftop fresh fruit and vegetable farm in 2015.
“Fenway Farms’’ now produces more than 1814kg of food such as carrots, kale, spinach and lettuce each year that it uses in its ballpark restaurants and donates to charities.
MCG and Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust chiefs have voiced interest in the initiative, which the Red Sox have also credited with improving air quality and conserving energy.
MOPT chief executive John Harnden applauded the Fenway Farms model as “a great initiative”, revealing plans to adopt a similar sized garden at Melbourne Park.“Within the current plans for stage three of the $972 million Melbourne Park Redevelopment, we are excited to share that a kitchen garden will form part of our new function and media centre,’’ he said.
“This will allow our chefs to prepare meals using fresh, local produce for our guests and is one of several sustainability initiatives included in the design.’’