GreenStone Farm Credit Services and Timber Rattlers start a ballpark vegetable garden

Produce to benefit St. Joe's Food Program

The Greenstone Farm Credit Services vegetable garden for the St. Joseph Food Program.

By Chris Mehring / Wisconsin Timber Rattlers | August 4, 2014 10:47 AM

GRAND CHUTE, WI - The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and GreenStone Farm Credit Services have partnered on a vegetable garden at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.

In its inaugural year, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, cantaloupes, and green peppers are among the fruits and vegetables that will be harvested from the GreenStone Garden. The produce that is grown will be donated to the St. Joseph's Food Program.

"We are thrilled to have the GreenStone Farm Credit Service team up with the Timber Rattlers to Grow a Row for St. Joe's," said Karen Ziemke, development director of the St. Joseph Food Program. "This donated produce will help broaden the nutritional options for our client families."

"Fresh, local produce is greatly appreciated by our clients," Ziemke said. "St. Joseph Food Program couldn't provide the current level of nutrition without the help of our community and this partnership is a great example of how we can all work together to accomplish great results!"

The garden is located beyond the left field grass seating area at Neuroscience Group Field. It is 20' wide by 30' long.

"The GreenStone Garden provides an excellent opportunity for us to showcase agriculture while benefiting our community. From the traditional farmer to the country home owner, GreenStone Farm Credit Services provides financial solutions to the rural needs of our local members," said Amanda Kroll, financial services officer for GreenStone Farm Credit Services. "By involving other community organizations including the Freedom FFA Chapter to maintain the garden and the food pantry, we are able to foster the next generation of agricultural leaders and provide wholesome food to those in need. It is truly a homerun for everyone involved."

"We are excited to partner with GreenStone Farm Credit Services on such a unique idea and utilize an area of the ballpark that had previously gone unused," said Timber Rattlers president Rob Zerjav. "The St. Joseph's Food Program is such a vital part of our community and we are happy to contribute in any way we possibly can."

About GreenStone Farm Credit Services

GreenStone Farm Credit Services, based in East Lansing, Michigan, is Michigan and northeast Wisconsin's largest agricultural lender and the country's sixth largest association in the Farm Credit System. A member-owned cooperative, GreenStone owns and manages approximately $6.7 billion in assets and serves more than 23,000 members with 36 branch locations in Michigan and northeast Wisconsin. More information on GreenStone can be found at

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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