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.
While Rooftop Farms is large, it’s nothing fancy, which I actually think is a wonderful thing. As awe-inspiring as some of the vertical farms and green roofs we’ve featured in the past are, many reader comments indicate that people are looking for something simpler to start with than a 132 floor dragonfly-shaped skyscraper farm. And Rooftop Farms is just the thing. Located in the industrial Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, the farm is basically a warehouse rooftop covered in 200,000 lbs of soil. That means that no energy had to be expended and no money had to be spent to construct a separate building to hold the rows of juicy tomatoes or the crisp peas and lettuces. Isn’t that the beauty of a rooftop garden – using what we already have?
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.