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Re: rooftop agriculture

  • Subject: Re: [cg] rooftop agriculture
  • From: "Cynthia Price" skyprice@iserv.net
  • Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2003 10:53:10 -0400

We in Grand Rapids are very interested in this subject too. We're also
interested in how to make rain gardens work to grow food. I've been told
that it's difficult (tho not impossible), and I don't know enough about it
to dispute that.

Last fall I saw a presentation by Conservation Design Forum's Jim Patchett
which referred to vegetables growing on a green roof in something like
Germany, but couldn't find any indication of it on CDF's site.

There was a (very expensive) conference at the end of May on green roofs,
but I imagine you know that since one of your people spoke at it. I couldn't
tell from the agenda if anyone was even considering food production up on
the roof. But I intend to continue looking into it and will share with you,
on or off list, what I find out, and hope you'll do the same.

Cynthia Price
Greater Grand Rapids Food Systems Council 
>From: Zach Youngerman <zyoungerman@earthpledge.org>
>To: <community_garden@mallorn.com>
>Subject: [cg] rooftop agriculture
>Date: Thu, Jun 26, 2003, 4:40 PM

>To anyone interested,
>I am posting to inquire about the potential for (commercial) urban
>agriculture on the rooftops in New York City.
>I am doing research on the topic for Earth Pledge, a non profit organization
>based in New York City that promotes the use of green roofs as a solution to
>a suite of urban environmental and health problems.  Green roofs, also known
>as vegetative or eco-roofs, help solve urban environmental problems by
>integrating the natural cooling, air filtering, and water retention
>properties of vegetation into city buildings. Widespread implementation of
>green roofs would help mitigate New York Cityıs problems with urban heat
>island effect, stormwater runoff, Co2 emissions and energy efficiency.
>Earth Pledge works to promote and implement the establishment of a green
>roof infrastructure through research into the costs and benefits of green
>roofs; education and outreach to local government, design and building
>professionals, and building owners; and direct facilitation of green roof
>projects on non profit and public buildings.
>We are also quite interested in examining the potential of utilizing green
>roofs for urban agriculture in New York City. Urban food production clearly
>offers a range of benefits such as job creation, locally sourced produce,
>and increased urban ecological mindfulness. There are also many potential
>barriers to successful rooftop agriculture, such as irrigation requirements,
>property management and use, and community vs. private interests.
>However, rooftop agriculture could have great potential in transforming the
>cityıs most underused and undervalued landscape into a productive space.
>To this end, I am posting to find out more about organizations, communities
>who we might engage with in this work, as well as existing policies and
>other issues related to urban agriculture.
>My main questions are, is there a need for rooftop agriculture either due to
>issues of food or land scarcity?
>Does anyone know examples of successful commercial rooftop agriculture here
>in the states or elsewhere in the world?
>Any information anyone could provide on the subject would be greatly
>appreciated - opinions are welcomed, too.
>Thank you very much.
>Zach Youngerman | Intern
>Earth Pledge Foundation
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