Farm-to-Table is a home run for Boston at Red Sox Fenway Park

Farm-to-Table is a home run for Boston at Red Sox Fenway Park

Boston’s Green City Growers working with Recover Green Roofs and the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park brought Fenway Farms to Red Sox Nation!

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Installed and launched for opening day of the 2015 season, Fenway Farms’ 5,000 square foot roof deck over the Front Office provides fresh, organically grown vegetables and fruit to Red Sox fans dining at Fenway Park’s EMC Club restaurant.

Not just for show, a meaningful 5,900 pounds of fresh produce – everything from kale to broccoli to hot peppers – are harvested each growing season at innovative Fenway Farms to give back to the community!

Green City Growers partnered with Recovery Green Roofs, to bring farming to the roof of Fenway Park.  Recover Green Roofs is the Somerville-based green roofing company that installed Fenway Farms. Recover Green Roofs was responsible for getting the soil on the roof, garden design and the sophisticated labor and water saving irrigation system, while Green City Growers is responsible for the farming operation.  Donations to the community are handled by Lovin’ Spoonfuls.

Around the corner on the Strega Deck, more produce is grown in an upscale event space behind the private corporate suites. DeepStream Designs, founded to provide an alternative to the wasteful use of tropical hardwood lumber, was selected to provide the light-weight, cost saving multi-section aluminum planter frame system fitted with recycled HDPE lumber planks, recycled from milk bottles.

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These attractive planters have an internal plastic liner and hide drip irrigation lines, and their aluminum structural design ensures the planters will last for decades.  The liner-within-the planter design also provides a thermal break so that the root systems never overheat from solar gain.

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The Strega Deck opened in 2016. It is a Fenway Farms-inspired event venue that is rented out as part of ticket packages and for special events. The produce grown on the Strega Deck is donated to the community by Green City Growers’ food rescue partner, Lovin’ Spoonfuls.

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DeepStream Designs is a Miami-based design and manufacturing company using American craftsmen to build these durable planters, as well as recycling and trash bins, and a host of custom products, all of which feature a Lifetime Structural Warranty.

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DeepStream has partnered with Trees for the Future to plant 50 trees for every planter sold and 100 trees for every bin. DeepStream has now planted more than 375,000 trees through this extremely efficient non-profit.  For more information check out Trees.org.

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Sustainable Design: measure twice cut once

Multi-section planters that need to be reconfigured to fit a smaller space
Multi-section planters that need to be reconfigured to fit a smaller space

A key component of sustainable design is adaptability. Good design allows for the replacement, or reworking, of components to preserve the value and materials of an earlier design when a situation requires it.  Even if that situation arises early in the life cycle of a design.

Multi-section planters that has been reconfigured to fit a smaller space
Multi-section planters that has been reconfigured to fit a smaller space

Nowhere is that more apparent than when an error has been made on large complex projects where a miscalculation between initial measurements and “as-built” dimension means that components ordered months earlier in a project do not fit when finally installed.

Close up of multi-section planters that has been reconfigured to fit a smaller space
Multi-section planters that has been reconfigured to fit a smaller space

You can see in this example where DeepStream’s modular planter design allowed us to cut down the lengths of planks in the middle section of a multi-section planter to accommodate an unrecorded change in dimensions at very little cost in dollars or materials.

While the wood will take a week or so to fade to the match color the same design feature allows for replacement of parts or further adaptation for the life of the planter.

To put the principal of Sustainable Design to work for your project go to www.DeepStreamDesign.com