Just read about this cool example of urban farming: Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in good ol’ New York City.
From the site:
On the shoreline of the East River and with a sweeping view of the Manhattan skyline, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm is a 6,000 square foot green roof organic vegetable farm located atop a warehouse rooftop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.During New York City’s growing season, the farmers at Eagle Street Rooftop Farm supply a community supported agriculture (CSA) program, an onsite farm market, and bicycle fresh produce to area restaurants.
In partnership with food education organization Growing Chefs, the rooftop farm hosts a range of farm-based educational and volunteer programs.
They also offer talks, events (today was their annual pie eating contest!), and other ways to engage with urban farming. If you live anywhere near there, go check it out; it is amazing to see a true working farm in action, and to see it done in an urban environment is really exciting. Although, you might want to wait until the weather isn’t, you know, freezing!, to go visit:
The Farm is a bit windy & chilly this time of year, so we’re waiting ’til spring for visits. To register for a workshop, contact us Education@RooftopFarms.org.
What a great way to learn about where your food comes from, and it’s healthier and fresher since it doesn’t have to travel as far or receive so many pesticides or preservatives for transport. And apparently these urban farms are now popping up all over the United States; check out some of the links below to read about other city’s urban farms. Eat up!
- Urban Farming: A Visit to Brooklyn’s Eagle Street Rooftop Farm (inhabitat.com)
- Window Farming Concept by Mexican Designer Suits Urban Windows (greenpacks.org)
- Planet 100 Presents: Urban Farming Uncovered (Video) (treehugger.com)
- Detroit’s Urban Farms Could Provide A Majority Of Produce For Local Residents (lockergnome.com)
- Urban agriculture in West Oakland gets a $4 million boost (grist.org)
- Urban Farming, Community Resilience and the Death of the Motor Industry in Detroit (Video) (treehugger.com)
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For an in-depth look at the farm, visit “A Year At Eagle Street Rooftop Farm,” my year-long photo documentary of the 2010 season. You can view it at http://www.nyerges.com.
-> Scott Nyerges
Thanks Scott! 🙂
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