Behind the outfield wall at T-Mobile Park is a flourishing urban garden producing greens, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers, all to be donated to organizations serving under-resourced communities in Seattle.
To spotlight some of the gardens offerings, Centerplate, the Mariners hospitality partner at T-Mobile Park, has crafted custom cocktail recipes featuring flavors inspired by herbs grown in the Urban Garden mixed with Tito’s Handmade Vodka. This demonstrates how these common ingredients can be incorporated into fan-favorite cocktails including, the Lavender Lemonade and a Classic Moscow Mule. All custom drinks are available on game days in the T-Mobile ‘Pen.
The Urban Garden is just one of the 25+ community gardens and farms across the country that Love, Tito’s, the philanthropic arm of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, has teamed up with to help make fresh food accessible and inspire healthy eating as a part of their Block to Block program.
The garden is tended by The Common Acre, a Seattle-based organization that builds sustainable urban food systems that support native pollinators and provide fresh, nutritious food for communities and local food banks in need.
The garden is in a 450-square foot raised bed at the base of the batter’s eye in center field. It is planted with collard greens, two kinds of Swiss chard, three varieties of cucumbers and eggplant, four kinds of peppers, 13 different herbs, and flowers that are edible, have medicinal properties or attract pollinators.
Produce from the garden is being donated to local organizations that work with The Common Acre to provide access to healthful, affordable food to under-resourced communities. They include Byrd Barr Place, which serves low-income families and individuals in Seattle’s Central District, Family Works food bank and resource center in Wallingford and That Brown Girl Cooks, a community kitchen that serves free meals on Thursdays and Saturdays in the Rainier Valley.
About Love, Tito’s
Giving back has been part of Tito’s Handmade Vodka from the very beginning. United under the goal to “Turning Spirits into Love & Goodness,” Love Tito’s, the philanthropic arm of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, has supported tens of thousands of causes over the years—lending a hand to communities affected by natural disasters, spreading joy to those who need a little more, protecting the environment we all share, and developing programs to better serve our communities. For more information, visit lovetitos.com.
About The Common Acre
The Common Acre aims to restore relationships between people and the land through ecology, agriculture and art. The Common Acre builds resilience and sustainability by partnering with residents in the communities most impacted by food insecurity and environmental degradation. Through a network of community gardens and farms, wild bee habitats and educational programming, The Common Acre’s urban food systems are creating healthy communities by allowing residents to grow their own produce, get access to training and activate shared green space.
Plant List for T-Mobile Park Urban Garden, Sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Collard Greens – Champion
Cucumbers – Lemon, Marketmore, Saladmore
Eggplant – Pingtung, Rosa Bianca, Udumalpet
Peppers (Sweet) – King of the North
Peppers (Mild) – Padron, Shishito
Peppers (Hot) -- Habanero
Swiss Chard – Fordhook, Bright Lights
Echinacea – Primadonna Deep Rose
Marigold – Lemon Gem, Summer Sunset (edible)
Rudbeckia – Sunset
Salvia – Little Night
Basil – Italian Large Leaf, Thai
Chamomile – German, Roman
Lavender – Provence, Hidcote Blue
Sage – Garden Sage