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KANSAS CITY, Mo.- Realizing the challenge that access to fresh produce is not always feasible, the Kansas City Royals in partnership with Evergy, Ag Partners, Globally Responsible Production, Metropolitan Community College (MCC), Cultivate KC, and Brummel Lawn and Landscape are happy to announce the start of the Fountain Gardens.

 

At the beginning of the 2024 baseball season, the Kansas City Royals announced a new initiative to minimize the team’s environmental impact and inspire action within the community. After months of collaborating, planning, and designing, the team is happy to announce the finishing touches have been put on the new garden located at Kauffman Stadium.

 

“This integration of a garden within the stadium's layout not only provides access to fresh produce but also promotes education and engagement with agriculture and healthy eating habits,” said Luis Maes, Vice President of Community Impact for the Kansas City Royals. “The collaboration with partners underscores the importance of collective effort in addressing community needs.”

 

By integrating farming into their outfield, the Royals are demonstrating a commitment to addressing food insecurity and promoting healthy eating habits in their community. This creative use of space allows the team to contribute to local food production while also providing educational opportunities for fans, and providing some of the produce from the garden to the youth and families who attend the Kansas City Urban Youth Academy (KCUYA).

 

“Evergy has partnered with the Royals and Kauffman Stadium for many years to advance renewable and sustainable energy, beginning with the installation of solar energy at the stadium more than 10 years ago,” said Elizabeth Danforth, Evergy’s Director of Corporate Social Impact. “We are proud to continue this partnership and be part of the sustainable garden at Kauffman Stadium. Evergy’s Green Team will provide expertise and time to help build the garden, which will use retired power poles.”

 

Evergy, Ag Partners Cooperative and Globally Responsible Production are stepping up to the plate to make this project a success by donating materials for the greenhouse and the raised beds which will be located in the outfield at the stadium.

 

“This project is about more than just growing fresh food for people at the ballpark and the Urban Youth Academy; it's about showing how farmers are helping our environment and keeping us healthy,” said Jed Miller, Chief Strategy Officer for Ag Partners and President of Globally Responsible Production. “By bringing these ideas right where people gather, we're planting the seeds for a better, more sustainable future.”

 

Brummel Lawn and Landscape’s contribution will undoubtedly add value to the garden installation, especially with their donation of crushed granite for the base. Using crushed granite for the base of the garden brings several benefits. It provides excellent drainage, stability, and a clean aesthetic that complements the garden's design.

 

In addition to the produce used at the Urban Youth Academy, Aramark has plans to also decrease waste by using some of the items in their signature dishes served during games and during catering events. All thanks to the volunteer work planned by MCC and Cultivate KC.

 

“Fountain Gardens presents another opportunity for MCC and the Royals to form a partnership that will benefit our community,” said Dr. Kimberly Beatty, Chancellor and CEO of Metropolitan Community College. “Fountain Gardens is also a perfect tie-in for the students in our recently expanded agriculture program, especially those pursuing a degree in the plant science pathway.”

To learn more about the garden visit www.royals.com/sustainability

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KANSAS CITY ROYALS INTRODUCE OUTFIELD FARMING SYSTEM

Fountain Gardens: A Collaborative Metro Partnership

Seneca, KS (October 2, 2023) - Ag Partners Coop, a forward-thinking, farmer-owned cooperative serving Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri, is collaborating with Indigo Ag to unveil a groundbreaking program aimed at providing premiums and quantifying the environmental benefits of sustainably grown corn by Globally Responsible Production (GRP)-certified farmers.

GRP-certified farmers will soon receive notifications about the opportunity to participate in a 15 cent/bu. premium on corn delivered to Ag Partners facilities starting with the fall 2023 harvest.

Indigo Ag, a pioneer and trusted collaborator in sustainable agriculture, will leverage its Market+ Source sustainable crop program and proprietary measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) capabilities to assist GRP in quantifying emissions factors for corn grown by GRP-certified Ag Partners customers who employ more sustainable farming methods. This premium corn will be sold to an Ag Partners customer committed to reducing Scope 3 emissions in their corn value chain.

“GRP was conceived to establish connections between farmers and end-users, including food and beverage companies, ingredient companies, and regenerative and sustainable fuel producers, in order to enhance sustainable practices and market value at every stage of the value chain. This program marks the initial step in fulfilling that mission,” said Jed Miller, Chief Strategy Officer for Ag Partners.

For more details on the Market+ Source sustainable grain program, please visit Indigo's website.

About Ag Partners Coop:

Ag Partners Cooperative, Inc., an affiliated marketer of GRP, is a full-service, patron-owned cooperative serving over 30 communities across Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri. Looking ahead to the future of the agricultural industry, Ag Partners is dedicated to evolving alongside its farmer-owners by embracing new technologies and sustainable practices. For additional information, please visit www.agpartnerscoop.com.

About Globally Responsible Production:

An innovative platform focused on fostering partnerships between rural farmers and urban consumers to ensure a safe, abundant, and sustainable future. GRP emphasizes verifiable farming practices, increasing transparency about the individuals behind those practices, and advancing childhood nutrition through education and a greenhouse initiative. For more information, please visit www.globallyresponsibleproduction.com.

 

Contact:

Jessica Hermesch

Director of Marketing, Ag Partners Cooperative Inc. 

jessicah@agpartnerscoop.com

877-336-6153

Ag Partners Cooperative Leads the Way in Sustainable Farming with the Globally Responsible Production Program: Farmers Earn Premiums for Environmentally Beneficial Corn Verified by Indigo Ag

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