Cedar Grove® Organic Potting Soil Giveaway at Safeco Field
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Posted by: Anne Piacentino
Source: Cedar Grove
Karen Dawson, Director of Marketing & Community Relations
Cedar Grove® Organic Potting Soil Giveaway at Safeco Field September 7 to Prepare Mariners Fans for Fall Gardening Season
Five-thousand bags to be given away at game vs. Texas Rangers
August 30, 2016 – On Wednesday, September 7, at the Mariners v. Texas Rangers game at Safeco Field, 5,000 fans will receive a bag of Cedar Grove potting soil.
Cedar Grove, a longtime partner of the Seattle Mariners, collects the ballpark’s food scraps and transforms it into nutrient-rich compost locally. Cedar Grove Potting Soil is a key ingredient in Safeco Field’s urban garden, tucked behind the centerfield wall at Safeco Field.
Installed in 2016, the 450-square foot raised bed contains organic Cedar Grove Potting Soil and Booster Blend featuring compost created from food scraps generated at Safeco Field. Lettuce, Swiss chard, radishes, mixed salad greens, sweet and hot peppers, herbs and more are being nourished in that garden to be enjoyed at Hit it Here Café, Edgar’s Tacos and more venues within Safeco throughout the season.
“The soil giveaway at Safeco is a great opportunity to thank Mariners fans for their participation the phenomenal recycling program at the ballpark and to take home organic soil for their gardens that they helped create!” said Karen Dawson, director of marketing and community relations, Cedar Grove. “The urban garden at Safeco Field is a great demonstration of how food can be grown, simply, locally and with limited space. We hope fans take home their potting soil on September 7 and grow some food right on their own porch or window box.”
Cedar Grove potting soil includes compost, bark, coconut fiber, pumice, earthworm castings and organic fertilizers. This soil energizes plant growth, naturally fertilizes soil and seals in moisture.
Safeco Field has been recycling compostables since 2007, resulting in the diversion of 9.4 million pounds of food and yard waste from the landfill. Cedar Grove transforms food scraps and grass clippings, mingled with organic matter collected from businesses, restaurants, and homeowners across the greater Seattle area, into compost sought after by gardeners across the Northwest. The 5,000 fans leaving the September 7 Mariners vs. Texas Rangers game will receive a nine-quart bag of official Urban Garden soil, courtesy of Cedar Grove Compost.
Safeco Field Sustainability
Safeco Field is one of the most sustainably operated facilities in the world. Almost 87% of all waste generated at the ballpark was recycled or composted last year, diverting almost 3,000,000 pounds of recyclable material from the waste stream.
Every year since 2010, the Mariners have been honored by Major League Baseball as American League Recycling Champions.
Additionally, Safeco Field has the lowest “energy intensity” of any ballpark in Major League Baseball. Energy intensity is a measure of a facility’s energy efficiency. In 2015, the Mariners became the first MLB team to install LED lights to illuminate the playing field. The LED lights use 60%-70% less energy than old-technology metal halide lamps.
About Cedar Grove
Cedar Grove Composting is a local, family-owned business with deep roots in the Seattle area dating back to 1938. Cedar Grove plays a critical role in the Puget Sound’s recycling infrastructure and sustainability efforts, diverting more than 350,000 tons of yard waste and food scraps from landfills annually. With two processing facilities in Maple Valley and Everett, Cedar Grove is a local manufacturer providing green jobs in King and Snohomish Counties. Cedar Grove produces wholesome, nutrient-rich compost that is sold to businesses, governments and residents, ensuring consumers have access to locally produced, recycled products. For more information, please visit www.cedar-grove.com.
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