Roof Gardens in NYC

Friday, July 16, 2010

We’ll find out how to build a roof farm for growing food and discuss the viability of urban farming as a means of feeding cities. Annie Novak, founder and director of Growing Chefs and co-founder and farmer of Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Greenpoint, and Lisa Goode, of Goode Green, a green roof design and installation firm, talk about how Rooftop Farms has built a local community in Greenpoint.


Lisa Goode and Annie Novak

Comments [12]

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It is hard to plan the best solution on what are you supposed to do if your roof was totally gone or destroyed. Choosing the best quality is an advantage because it is also long lasting and could fight against weather changes.
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Sep. 08 2011 08:56 PM
daniel from NYC

Here's a bit more info on the Ansonia:

As for Sustainable South Bronx, their roof is growing vegetation, but not edible varieties.

Jul. 30 2010 12:17 AM
Tom from Williamsburg

Your website is under construction. No info available.

Jul. 16 2010 12:34 PM

also: a shout out to Crop Mob NYC, a facebook group that organizes volunteer workdays on nyc farms

they've done one at eagle st farm

Jul. 16 2010 12:33 PM
Anne Bobroff-Hajal from White Plains, NY

Roofs that can't support soil-based agriculture can often support lighter-weight hydroponic greenhouses, which have many additional advantages. Gotham Greens is building a huge, commercial hydroponic farm atop a building in Brooklyn. There's a lot of info about it at: The technique has been modeled aboard the Science Barge, currently docked in the Hudson River at Yonkers. For more info:

Jul. 16 2010 12:20 PM

Sustainable South Bronx, an environmental justice organization in Hunt's Point, has had a vegetable-growing green roof for at least three years.

Jul. 16 2010 12:20 PM
Mike from Manhattan

should they also mention the "white roofs" program:

is this recommended if we can't grow food on our roofs?

Jul. 16 2010 12:20 PM
Mary from Manhattan

Can't stop thinking about the roof farm that the Ansonia had on their roof to feed the residents of the building when it opened in the late 1800s. Cows for milk, chickens for eggs, etc.

Jul. 16 2010 12:16 PM
John Stislow from Ditmas Park

With all of the soot that shows up on my window sills, it makes me wonder if the air and (acid rain) is safe for growing food on a roof garden? Any information or research about that?

Jul. 16 2010 12:13 PM
David is a more direct link to look at this soil mixture

Jul. 16 2010 12:13 PM

mention is worth making of gaia institute's green roof soil mixture which is lighter weight mix than soil, check it out at

Jul. 16 2010 12:11 PM
Marie Viljoen from Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

Thanks for this program, Leonard...

I hope that more people realize that a little farm is possible on their roofs, even if they are not able to make a genuine, intensive greenroof. I rent, so no greenroof for me; it would be more than my landlord could bear.

I am a garden designer and gardener - and have extended my tiny terrace garden by adding an even smaller roof farm to the silver tartop above my head.

It is very rewarding to grow one's own vegetables and fruit even on a small, non sustainable scale.

Jul. 16 2010 10:33 AM

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