Rooftop Farming in Brooklyn


In addition to the aesthetic, recreational, ecological, and architectural benefits provided by roof gardens, rooftop farming’s focus on local food production supplies its maintainers and the community with fresh produce and promotes small-scale local agriculture as well as a tangible connection to the food source.


That’s why we’ve gotten so excited in the past about Brooklyn Grange, the world’s largest rooftop farm. Now Geoff Lawton —who has shown us clever chicken tunnel systems; introduced us to the amazing diversity of life in our soil; and waxed lyrical about a 2000-year-old food forest—pays a visit to this eye opening facility. And he likes what he sees.

True, some of the more fanciful notions of vertical farming are starting to feel like futuristic nonsense. But it’s hard to argue with the idea that we can make better use of the flat spaces above our buildings than we currently do now.

As Geoff’s vista over the Brooklyn skyline suggests, rooftop farms are just one potential application. From gigantic solar farms through bee-friendly green roofs to simply painting our roofs white, we can be smarter about what goes on above our heads. In fact, we have to be.


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Photo  © Courtesy of the Chicago Botanic Garden