Oakland A’s Unveil The Farm
The Oakland A’s are California’s most beloved baseball team. Regardless of who you root for, it’s hard to deny their swarms of devoted fans or the incredibly community outreach efforts of the A’s. Once again, they’ll be adding onto the Coliseum (their enormous baseball stadium) with something they call The Farm. If you live in any of the various apartments for rent in Oakland, CA, this is one addition you’ll want to see for yourself.
Who Are the A’s?
If you’re already familiar with the team, skip ahead to the next section. For those unfamiliar with the area, the A’s are the Oakland Athletics. Based in (you guessed it) Oakland, California, this Major League Baseball team is a member club of the AL West division. The A’s hold nine World Series Championships, and last year was their 50th season.
While all of these stats are impressive, it’s what the A’s give back to their community that truly makes them an impressive team. The Coliseum has long been the location for special events and sporting games, but Oakland Athletics has worked to create programs that inspire the city’s youth through various recreation and outreach programs.
Giving back to the fans, last year’s addition to the Coliseum was titled The Treehouse. Located above left field, this area of the stadium offers prime seating with two full-service bars, a lounge, and entertainment for fans both before and after the game.
While this 10,000 square foot area is impressive, it pails in comparison to the A’s newest announcement in 2018. What could top their long history of community outreach and a stellar addition to an already massive stadium? A garden.
The word “farm” might bring to mind petting zoos, rows of corn, or even a herd of cows, but the title actually refers to a clever series of produce producing gardens. Set in large redwood planters, fans can find these luscious gardens in a new seating area filled with benches and picnic tables at the south end of the East Side Club.
To make this garden possible, as well as unique, the A’s have partnered with an East Oakland non-profit named Acta Non Verba. Verba’s mission is to create safe outdoor spaces that everyone in the local community can enjoy. Come harvest, the non-profit will sell the veggies and use the proceeds as long-term investments of local students’ college education. Those same students will volunteer their time to manage The Farm as part of an after-school program.
At the same time, this garden space will serve adults and children alike as they learn more about urban agriculture, expanding their horizons to new gardening possibilities in their own homes. It’s an opportunity for community growth and enrichment, one that both team president Dave Kaval and Acta Non Verba founder Kelly Carlisle are excited about.
In recent press statements, both have noted their enthusiasm over the project. Kaval feels that this space will serve as a way to engage the youth of the community, while Carlisle hopes it will bring more attention to her non-profit’s philanthropic work.
Tying into the Sport
The A’s planned garden also aims to teach individuals about Minor League Baseball. Each of the A’s MiLB affiliates will receive their own scarecrow sporting the team’s uniform. Teams include the Nashville Sounds, Midland RockHounds, Stockton Ports, Beloit Snappers, and Vermont Lake Monsters. The Farm will also feature in-segments of those teams’ accomplishments.
Creating a Better Tomorrow
With the help of Nikki Shaw, a local celebrity chef, The Farm will host regular events that promote healthy lifestyles and educate children on the importance of eating right. Segments will include education on sustainability practices, fitness, and eco-conscious practices.
Seating up to 100 visitors and fans at a time, this gorgeous garden will surely become Oakland’s new hotspot not only on game days, but on every day that offers up California’s legendary sunny weather. Once again, the A’s have proven their commitment to this vibrant community.
Apartments for Rent in Oakland, CA
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