The Pittsburgh Pirates, Pirates Charites and Rivendale Farms have partnered with Grow Pittsburgh, Levy Restaurants, and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to launch PNC Park's first-ever ballpark garden, the Rivendale Patio Garden. The Rivendale Patio Garden utilizes sustainable practices and provides healthy food, grown on-site, to be used in guests' favorite dishes in the ballpark.
The Rivendale Patio Garden produces a variety of herbs and vegetables hand-selected by Levy Restaurants' PNC Park Executive Chef Adam Holt, and Rivendale Farms' Crop Production Manager Susanna Meyer. Guests can experience the growth and harvest of fresh produce such as zucchini, arugula, cucumbers and beets. Additionally, Rivendale Farms features a special garden bed dedicated specifically to produce grown at the farm in Bulger, PA as well as new varieties developed through the farm's partnership with Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in New York.
"The Patio Garden is the embodiment of everything that makes our city and our professional sports teams so special," said Rivendale Farms General Manager Christine Grady. "It's really all about teamwork. The best talent coming together to provide something innovative and interactive for the whole city to enjoy. We like to say that we are bringing the farm to the ballfield, but it's much more than that. This is also about building community and providing accessibility to good food."
The Rivendale Patio Garden is the latest demonstration of the Pirates commitment to sustainability through the Club's nationally recognized "Let's Go Bucs. Let's Go Green." initiative. The garden percent sustainable resource as it uses Park food waste compost, courtesy of AgRecycle; also, the garden uses recyclables collected by the Pirates to line the raised grow beds; and rainwater collected on the patio as the garden's primary watering source.
Educational programming, special events and tours will be announced via the Pittsburgh Pirates and Rivendale Farms websites and social media networks.