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'Faithful Farm': Rooftop Garden at Levi's Stadium, First for NFL

It's no secret that spinach makes you strong.

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    'Faithful Farm': Rooftop Garden at Levi's Stadium, First for NFL
    San Francisco 49ers
    Levi’s Stadium unveiled a new vegetable and herb garden nicknamed the Faithful Farm, to bring the first-ever rooftop farm to a professional sports venue. Sept. 8, 2016.

    It's no secret that spinach makes you strong.

    So, it's no wonder that the San Francisco 49ers love their veggies.

    In fact, last week, the executives at Levi's Stadium, where the team plays in Santa Clara, announced the unveiling of a new, 4,000-square foot organic vegetable and herb garden – nicknamed the Faithful Farm – to bring the first-ever rooftop farm to a professional sports venue in the National Football League.

    Baseball has already gotten into the act. For instance, Bon Apetit runs a garden behind the centerfield wall at AT&T Park where the San Francisco Giants play. And there' are rooftop gardens at National Park in Washington, D.C. and on the third base side of the Red Sox's Fenway ballpark in Boston.

    Organizers said the Faithful Farm features nearly 40 crops and herbs that will be harvested for use in dishes served at Levi’s Stadium in club spaces during games and at the more than 200 private events hosted at the stadium each year.

    Levi’s Stadium unveiled a new vegetable and herb garden nicknamed the Faithful Farm to bring the first-ever rooftop farm to a professional sports venue. (Sept. 8, 2016)
    Photo credit: San Francisco 49ers

    Levi’s Stadium executive chef Dinari Brown of Centerplate is developing a diverse menu of dishes such as truffled summer squash and ratatouille nicoise, using produce from the farm. Plus, some of the food will be sent to the nonprofits, Hunger at Home and the Salvation Army, stadium officials said.

    “We’re proud to reinforce Levi’s Stadium as an industry leader in environmental sustainability with the addition of the Faithful Farm,” Jim Mercurio, San Francisco 49ers vice president of stadium operations and general manager said in a statement.

    The rootop farm located on the NRG Solar Terrace in Santa Clara has been producing crops such as tomatoes, summer squash, peppers, eggplants, herbs and more since July, organizers said. The Faithful Farm is expected to produce an average of 150 pounds of produce per week, or 7,500 pounds of produce per year.

    Contact Lisa Fernandez at lisa.fernandez@nbcuni.com or 408-432-4758. Follow on Twitter at @ljfernandez