The Atlanta Braves are Pitching in for the Planet by creating 20 community orchards across metro Atlanta in partnership with One Tree Planted and Players for the Planet. These neighborhood-based orchards will increase access to fresh, healthy food for urban residents while expanding tree canopy and promoting environmental sustainability.
The Giving Grove and Food Well Alliance will help plant a total of 300 fruit trees, which will produce more than 13,000 servings of healthy fruit each year. These community orchards will absorb storm runoff water, preventing flash flooding and protecting the fresh water supply, while also helping reduce urban air temperatures through carbon sequestration and the creation of shade. More than 100 volunteers will be engaged in this project.
For each site, the project will train local residents to serve as volunteer orchard stewards and will provide the plant material, supplies, training and tools necessary to maintain the trees and grow a bountiful harvest of fruits, berries and nuts for the neighborhood. Schools, community groups and urban agriculture organizations interested in hosting an orchard site are invited to apply; a panel of community representatives coordinated by Food Well Alliance will evaluate and rank applications.
Other Atlanta Braves Recycling and Sustainability Efforts
Atlanta Braves Green Team
Throughout the 2022 season, in partnership with WestRock, Green Team volunteers will walk the aisles at Truist Park and collect recyclables from fans in-between innings. The Green Team will also reward fans for being "caught green handed" (recycling) with Braves promotional items randomly during the season.
During the 2021 Atlanta Braves winning season, WestRock collected 203 tons of recyclable material. That's equivalent to the weight of nearly 200,000 baseball bats! The success of this partnership exemplifies one of the core beliefs at WestRock: When we work together, we can build a more sustainable future for everyone.
In honor of Hank Aaron Week and in partnership with Hands On Atlanta, the Braves front office staff participated in a community service project at Browns Mill Urban Food Forest. Browns Mill Park is in a food desert, with 1 in 3 Browns Mill Park residents live below the poverty line and the closest grocery store as much as 5 miles from some residents. Since 2020, the Browns Mill Urban Food Forest has addressed this challenge head on by providing access to affordable, good-quality fresh food.