MANCHESTER — Londonderry-based yogurt maker Stonyfield Organic is teaming up with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to convert the field at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium to organic grounds management. The field conversion, which will begin this spring and take two years, will not affect regular-season play, the company and team officials said.
The move comes as part of Stonyfield’s larger #PlayFree initiative, which aims to help convert public parks and playing fields across the country to organic grounds management to ensure community spaces are free from the use of harmful pesticides, Stonyfield said in a news release.
“We’re on a mission to convert parks and playing fields all across the country to organic grounds management, but we couldn’t overlook our own backyard,” said Stonyfield co-founder Gary Hirshberg, who threw the first pitch at Friday’s Fisher Cats game. “Converting the home field of our hometown team was a natural fit and we’re thrilled to help give our Fisher Cats the safe ball field they deserve. We hope it inspires other teams to do the same, for the health and safety of their players and fans.”
Stonyfield and the Fisher Cats say the conversion will mark the first time a professional baseball stadium has been converted to organic management.
“We’ve done a lot of research this offseason while working with a consultant, and we’re thrilled to partner with Stonyfield as we transition our field management from synthetic fertilizers to organic,” Fisher Cats President Mike Ramshaw said in a statement. “We’re committed to Stonyfield’s #PlayFree initiative, and are excited to make this a reality.”