Like the rest of the Inhabitat crew, I get to spend a good part of my day ogling the finest futuristic farming fantasies that the interwebs have to offer. From towering vertical agriscrapes to vegetation-packed geodesic domes, my eyes are bombarded with images of the perfect urban farm daily, but when it comes to actually growing anything myself, I must admit rather sheepishly that I don’t know my sugar snap peas from my snopeas. Well, all of that is about to change because Rooftop Farms, a real-life 6,000 square foot organic vegetable farm with a view of the Manhattan skyline is now open to anyone who wants to lend a hand. Luckily for me, that hand need not be blessed with a green thumb…yet.
So who is behind this veggie-filled eden? You can thank Chris and Lisa Goode of Goode Green Roofs along with partner Amy Trachtman. Annie Novak of the New York Botanical Garden and Ben Flanner, a former E*Trade marketer are the green thumbs that get the garden to grow.
And guess what? When you’re done volunteering, there is a green market every Sunday where you can pick up some of the fruits and veggies of your labor. If you’re too pooped to cook them up yourself? Just stroll on down to nearby restaurants Marlow & Sons, Anella and Vesta Trattoria which slice, dice, saute and roast fresh pickings from the farm daily.