Good Magazine: Rooftop Gardens

2nd July 2009

I was reading GOOP this morning – Gwyneth’s new post is all about eco-friendly solutions for daily life. She posted a link to the website for Good Magazine, which is full of fantasic articles about eco-solutions, green companies, etc.

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I was particularly intrigued by an article by Morgan Clendaniel about a new 6,000 square-foot rooftop garden ontop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Here’s a snippet: “New York City has very little land that is not covered with buildings, forcing New Yorkers to find innovative solutions if they want to keep their agricultural production truly local. But while some people grow a few herbs on their fire escapes, Ben Flanner is transforming an entire industrial rooftop into a living garden. Atop a defunct bagel factory in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood—a Polish enclave more known for its pierogies than its organic tomatoes—Flanner dropped 200,000 pounds of dirt on 6,000 square feet of rooftop (by crane), and in so doing brought new life into a mostly concrete neighborhood….Flanner used to work at E-Trade, but decided he had had enough of the corporate life: “About a year ago I came to the conclusion that I’d learned what I needed to learn from the jobs that I’d had,” he says. “And I decided that it was time to put together a plan to move on and continue my learning in a new realm.” He had always had an interest in farming, but the recent wave of interest in local produce and sustainable agriculture helped give him the courage to go out on his own. With the help of Annie Novak, his partner on the farm who also works at the Bronx Botanical Gardens, and visits to other farms to learn from more experienced farmers, he has started to master the techniques and knowledge necessary for a working farm.”

This is one of many urban farming articles I found interesting. Check out Good’s website, or get a yearly subscription to the magazine for $10.

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