Is this reality, or our we dreaming? Growing food on top of roofs in the middle of metropolitan centers, feeding thousands of people off of the harvest, using little to no fossil fuels to transport the food, cleaning the air and providing homes to bees, birds and worms, creating jobs, stimulating the local economy and feeding our communities.
Rise and shine, and welcome to the bright green roofs of Brooklyn + Long Island City!
Bright Farms, a company that grew out of the New York Sun Works NGO which launched the Science Barge environmental education center on the Hudson river, has secured a rooftop space in Sunset Park, Brooklyn that spans 100,000 square feet with the vision of growing over 1 million pounds of vegetables per year! The farm plans to open in 2013.
In the meantime, our friends at the Brooklyn Grange are opening a new 45,000 square foot rooftop farm at the Brooklyn Navy Yards this spring. Their new venture is in addition to their other 40,000 square foot farm in Long Island City where they offer a CSA, a children’s education program, and supply local restaurants with fresh produce. They are also in the midst of fundraising for an apiary project with the goal of managing 25 bee hives year round. These 25 hives will end up producing more than 1,000 lbs of local honey, with the added bonus of pollinating the countless trees and gardens of New York City. Here’s a toast to the rooftop farm visionaries of our dear City!
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