Canadian Nonprofit Keeps Rooftops Green in North American Cities

Canadian Nonprofit Keeps Rooftops Green in North American Cities

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St. Louis Welcomes First Rooftop Farm

St. Louis Welcomes First Rooftop Farm

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D.C.'s First Commercial Rooftop Farm Opens

D.C.’s First Commercial Rooftop Farm Opens

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Urban Pastoral Brings Commercial Rooftop Farming to Baltimore

Urban Pastoral Brings Commercial Rooftop Farming to Baltimore

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On a Mission to Green Our Nation’s Capitol: A Q&A With Rooftop Roots

On a Mission to Green Our Nation’s Capitol: A Q&A With Rooftop Roots

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Below New York City’s skyscrapers, 8-foot tall okra plants tower over an impressive array of vegetables, herbs and flowers growing on a rooftop farm situated just 100-feet from the kitchen of Riverpark Restaurant. Lunch and dinner menus state that meals are made with “produce grown right here at the Riverpark Farm.” In fact, the 15,000-square-foot urban farm on East 29th Street supplies 100 percent of the restaurant’s organic herbs, lettuce, and flowers.

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Cloud 9 Rooftop Farm founders Clare Hyre and Rania Campbell-Cobb are working to transform what is now an expanse of grey roof in Northwestern Philadelphia into a full-scale educational farm. After years of working on farms around the country, Hyre and Campbell-Cobb landed in Philadelphia where they each work in the field of agriculture education. Hyre explained that both women found themselves dreaming of “a certain type of thing that didn’t exist in the city”

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Restaurants are beginning to green their rooftops, filling planters with organic herbs and vegetables in an effort to be green and deliver ultra local rooftop-to-plate fare to diners. It was this trend among chefs that caught Sara Gasbarra’s attention and moved her to found her company, Verdura Edible Garden Design. Verdura has been up and running for one year now and business is booming. This month she plans to install 83 Earthboxes at the Chicago Hilton, her biggest job yet.

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The new rooftop garden on the Rouses Market in downtown New Orleans doesn’t look like your typical herb garden; but this isn’t your typical grocery store. Parsley, basil and cilantro are among the herbs the company is growing to package and sell on the building’s ground floor. Rouses Markets is the first grocer in the country to develop its own aeroponic urban farm on its own rooftop, says managing partner Donny Rouse.

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Cityscape Farms is in the process of developing greenhouses that utilize aquaponic systems, which combine aquaculture (fish cultivation in tanks) and hydroponics (soilless plant cultivation in water).

Startup Profile: Sustainable Agriculture on the Roof

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Creating something out of nothing. Isn’t that the magic of farming? Taking things that don’t seem to mean much by themselves – dirt and seeds and water – and creating sustenance. Lately, skyfarmers like those at Sky Vegetables are trying to do that with even less. They’re taking the soil and even some of the water out of the equation, and substituting in an underused resource – roofs. In doing so, they hope to create value, jobs and local produce where before there was nothing.

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Roof Agriculture – An Old Concept Comes to Boston in a New Form

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While ‘city farming’ may seem more like an oxymoron than a practical career goal, Brooklyn Grange aims to make it a stable profession – and bring tasty, sustainable produce to New York at the same time.

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Situated atop a Montreal office building, Lufa Farms is a 31,000 square foot greenhouse that couples science with sustainability. This is the first year of production for the rooftop farm, which currently grows enough food to provide for the needs of 1400 people.

Rooftop Farm Couples Science with Sustainability

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