Getting Off the Ground: Rooftop Farms

Skyscrapers, busy streets flooding with people, sirens, honking, and cabs on every corner are everyday sights and sounds for city dwellers. Something that doesn’t typically come to mind when you first think of life in the city is green space, gardens or urban rooftop farms, but that is changing.

Due to rapid urbanization, there is limited space to grow fresh food in the city. Doing so takes creativity and innovation. Think of any extra space you may have in your apartment… you really can grow food there! It is possible to grow food indoors with containers, on your patio, balcony, or even rooftop. 

Urban Rooftop Farms

Convert city skyscrapers into thriving ecosystems with rooftop farms. Although rooftops aren’t traditional places to farm, they are ideal locations to grow food for the following reasons:

  • Provide enough sunlight
  • Irrigation
  • Privacy
  • No deer or other animals eating produce
  • Reduce urban heat island effect
  • Stormwater management
  • Immediate access to fresh food
  • Aesthetics enhanced
  • Increases property value
  • Reduces building energy costs
  • Reduces carbon footprint
  • Reduces stormwater runoff

Benefits for All

Not only do rooftop farms provide immediate access to fresh food, increase property value, and add beauty and function, but they also create an opportunity for businesses and apartment complexes to become certified green buildings.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a third-party certification program for green buildings developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Sites with an on-site vegetable garden are eligible for up to 6 LEED credits in four categories. The LEED guide outlines the criteria for accreditation.

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