The Red Sox bring the Fenway Farms rooftop garden to the Boston Children’s Museum
BOSTON, MA – The Red Sox today announced the creation of Fenway Farms at the Boston Children’s Museum, a replica of the roof garden of Fenway Park. The Boston Children’s Museum’s new satellite space will provide products and herbs for the installation and hands-on educational opportunities for local youth to learn about the sustainability and life cycle of plants and how they influence the environment. that surrounds them.
A groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for Friday, November 19 at 3 p.m. will mark the completion of renovations to the new 1,100 square foot space on the second floor of the Museum overlooking the square. Fenway Farms at the Boston Children’s Museum is expected to open to public programs in spring 2022.
“I grew up with a garden that fed our family table and I never lost my passion for fresh, local food,” said Linda Henry, Red Sox Foundation board member. “Creating Fenway Farms six years ago on the old empty roof of a century-old urban baseball stadium was a way to show that we can expand our imaginations of where our fresh food comes from.
“Now it’s just thrilling that our incredibly productive Fenway Farm is moving from our baseball stadium to the Children’s Museum in Boston, bringing the educational and environmental benefits of a rooftop garden to the epicenter of learning and development. fun for our children. I look forward to sharing the science of growing plants and the love of fresh, local produce with even more members of our Boston community this spring.
“We are thrilled that children and families who visit the Boston Children’s Museum can learn more about gardening and growing sustainable plants and vegetables. We hope these lessons inspire them to become stewards of the environment, ”said Carole Charnow, President and CEO. “We are grateful to the Red Sox Foundation for making this extraordinary learning experience possible for our visitors and look forward to our continued partnership. “
In addition to the many environmental benefits, Fenway Farms at the Boston Children’s Museum will serve as a teaching tool for Museum visitors on the importance of healthy eating, sustainability and the local environment. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore and play in the garden and have tactile experiences with the soil and the tools used to grow and care for plants.
The garden will change seasonally and will include plants and vegetables, some of which will be shared with the Museum’s animal life, including red leaf lettuce for the turtles on display. Surplus produce collected from the site will be donated to Lovin ‘Spoonfuls, a Boston-based nonprofit that distributes fresh, healthy food that would otherwise be thrown away.
Fenway Farms at the Boston Children’s Museum was created with support from the John W. Henry Family Foundation, the Werner Family Foundation and the Red Sox Foundation.
In 2015, the Red Sox established Fenway Farms, a rooftop garden behind the Gate A Fenway Park frontage that has produced over 4,000 pounds of food each baseball season since its inception. Products and herbs grown in Fenway Park’s rooftop garden are used in the concession stands and club restaurants at the baseball stadium.
Two companies, ApexGreen Roof and Green City Growers are responsible for the installation and planting of Fenway Farms at the Boston Children’s Museum. Apex Green Roof has prepared and installed the planters and irrigation system, and Green City Growers will maintain the garden during its growing season, planting and harvesting produce and herbs.