Taking urban farming to new heights: New York City rooftop farms

Still think urban farming is a utopian fantasy? Then be forewarned that your opinion may easily be swayed by this story.

A group of entrepreneurs and urban-farming enthusiasts, with backgrounds as varied as finance, engineering and marketing, helped found and set up a now booming farm (named Brooklyn Grange) in the most unlikely of places: atop a former car-parts factory in Brooklyn, New York.  Selling their leafy produce to tenants, in markets and to restaurants exclusively within a 5-6 mile radius, this successful urban experiment has even embarked on educating the city’s youth about healthy eating and sustainable food production.

Brooklyn, New York: The Grange rooftop farm atop a former car-parts factory

Needless to say, the time for more urban farms has never been closer. Not only do they greatly enhance food security in urban areas, but it’s also a means of reducing  our dependence on large-scale, fossil-fuel intensive industrial farming with its heavy inputs of water, chemical pesticides and fertilizers that are draining the life from our environmental systems.

And with ground in big cities limited, building rooftops are the ideal space for growing crops, helping to cool the building beneath by absorbing the sun’s heat, thereby reducing energy use, and providing residents with fresh produce that just can’t get any more local. Did I neglect to mention that they provide meaningful jobs too?

Now watch this excellent video  (produced by the BBC World Challenge) about this  “fiscally-sustainable”  rooftop farming model, and meet the folks who believe it could be replicated anywhere.



One thought on “Taking urban farming to new heights: New York City rooftop farms

  1. Pingback: Out of necessity or for sustainability, urban farming prospers around the world | Green Times

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s