The Concept of Rooftop Farming

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rooftop farming

Rooftop farming in New York (and all other locations) is serving as an extremely beneficial food, and ecological system for everyone. The one rooftop farm I actually visited on my own time (with my family) was located on the roof of a large industrial building in the Green point district of Brooklyn, New York, carrots, pumpkins and peas are growing out of a thick layer of soil. The Rooftop Farms project has transformed a vacant flat factory roof into a small green oasis for local inhabitants, where they can cultivate and harvest organic vegetables. Volunteers eat the vegetables themselves or sell them on to other inhabitants and some restaurants at favourable prices. Urban gardens are not a new phenomenon as such, but the scale, location and imagination used in this garden makes it remarkable.

About 90 tons of specially mixed soil from Philadelphia was spread on the roof. The soil mix already contained compost and some 50% expanded shale, which make the mixture light and ideal for use on roofs. The garden is divided into 16 1.5 metre-high raised beds with mixed vegetables. Sweet corn, lettuce, radishes, herbs, red (bell) peppers, etc. are grown together in the beds to ensure nutritious soil and to limit the impact of pests. The garden users receive organic waste for their patches from the restaurants who by some of the vegetables, enabling them to avoid the use of artificial fertilizers.

Rooftop farming posses endless possibilities, and befits, when carried out in the correct way. Rooftop farms generate revenue for local farmers and businesses. Rooftop Agriculture is an emerging green technology that creates jobs and improves food self-sufficiency by providing organic and Hyper-Local food. A rooftop farm grows Hyper-Local food. Growing Low Food Mile organic produce substantially reduces the fossil fuel consumption associated with the traditional food transportation system. The use of a green roof compared to conventional roofing surfaces...
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