In the past few years, entrepreneurs in the USA, both large and small, have created some very interesting roof gardens. Some are for growing vegetables or grapes. Some are for beauty and restoration of the mind and soul. Below are a few examples –excerpts from websites. I have tried to give the links so you can read more about each project.
The farm team at Green City Growers maintains Fenway Farms, helping to make America’s most beloved and oldest baseball park also one of America’s greenest.
Installed and launched for opening day of the 2015 season, Fenway Farms provides fresh, organically grown vegetables and fruit to Red Sox fans dining at Fenway Park’s EMC Club restaurant.
The 5,000 square foot rooftop farm is sited within Fenway Park positioned on the roof of the Front Office located on the Third Base side of the EMC Level. …
The Jeano Deck, opened in 2016, is a Fenway Farms-inspired event venue that is rented out as part of ticket packages and for special events. The produce grown on the Jeano Deck is all donated to the community via our food rescue partner, Lovin’ Spoonfuls.
Green City Growers partners with Recover Green Roofs, a Somerville-based green roofing company, for this and other rooftop projects, including the half-acre rooftop farm at Whole Foods Market in Lynnfield, MA in 2013, the largest rooftop farm in New England.
Since launching in 2010, Freight Farms has been working on a unique system that supports commercial agriculture in new places: It upcycles old shipping containers and transforms them into hydroponic farms for for growing produce year-round, even when there’s limited water access.
Two cofounders: Jon Friedman and Brad McNamara –in back is the freight farm.
The systems — which connect to the cloud for remote monitoring and control, and leverage LED lighting, crop-monitoring software and vertical growing systems — can be housed anywhere a normal shipping container would go. In December, Freight Farms raised a $3.7 million funding round led by Spark Capital for its farm-in-a-box, bringing the total the startup has raised to date to $4.9 million. …
Leafy Green Machine is a complete urban farm system in a shipping container
Derek Markham March 23, 2015
The Freight Farms design is based on a conventional insulated shipping container measuring 40′ x 8′ (~12.2m x 2.4m), but are extensively retrofitted to serve as a micro-farm that can grow some 4,500 plants at a time. The rows of plants are grown vertically, with the LED lighting strips between them … and the hydroponic system supplying the nutrients that the plants need, directly to their roots, using 90% less water than conventional growing does.
Lettuce grows vertically under LED lamps
…the LGM also integrates a dedicated germination and seedling station (also using LED lighting and hydroponic irrigation) that can handle up to 2500 plant starts, which then get planted into the growing towers a few weeks after sprouting. … it enables the growers to start seeds and continuously feed those seedlings into the system for regular harvests, all within the walls of the shipping container.
According to the Freight Farms website, these “smart farms” (so-called because they can be controlled via smartphone) also offer another advantage over outdoor growing and other open systems, because the use of a sealed container for growing can “eliminate the need for herbicides/pesticides.” …
By enabling year-round growing, even in cold climates, each of these 320 square foot containers are said to be able to produce an acre’s worth of food each year, and could be a viable option for the urban farm entrepreneur. The cost of a unit… $76,000
…other costs associated with operating one (estimated to be about $13,000 per year for electricity, water, and various growing and packaging supplies),
but considering that the LGMs are considered to be capable of producing yields of locally-grown produce “at commercial-scale in any climate and any season,” they might be a great business investment….
Here at Freight Farms, our mission is to create a more sustainable and connected food system.
The company was founded in 2010 by Jon Friedman and Brad McNamara to facilitate the development of products and services that would allow urban agriculture to become a more competitive industry in food production, and from this shared vision Freight Farms and the very first ‘Leafy Green Machine’ emerged.
The best rooftop gardens in NYC
… you can find some sweet oasis right here in the city if you just look up—to the rooftop gardens! …
This Greenwich Village eatery gets most of its produce from its seasonal aeroponic rooftop tower garden, the fruits of which dictate the revolving menu. … bbandcnyc.com
Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm / ©Anastasia Cole Plakias
Installed in 2012 and operated by Brooklyn Grange, the Navy Yard Farm covers a mammoth 65,000 square feet, making it the largest rooftop soil farm in the world. Visit the Brooklyn Grange website to register for one of the farm’s weekly Wednesday tours …
Head to the roof of the McKittrick Hotel, … and enjoy live music, craft cocktails and an unlimited … buffet at Gallow Green’s weekend brunch. …last year, the restaurant’s aeroponic farm produced 4,000 heads of lettuce, and all the food and drinks use fresh herbs and vegetables made right at home.
Gotham Greens set up shop atop Brooklyn’s Whole Foods in 2014, opening a commercial-scale greenhouse. You can take monthly tours of the garden and see how Gotham Greens produces more than 1 million pounds of pesticide-free greens and herbs a year at all its locations combined.
Moma PS1 Rooftop Garden Long Island City
The rooftop reopened to the public with a lush salad garden, filled with antioxidant greens like epazote, a South American culinary delicacy, plus an array of heirloom tomatoes. … you can prepare fresh, ready-to-eat salads during workshops with guest chefs throughout the summer.
Homemade Wine From A Homegrown Vine On A Manhattan Rooftop
Picking Grapes Off the Vine from the JiJi Family Rooftop Vineyard
Labor Day weekend in New York City …I was led up four stories of the brownstone, and then up an additional narrow staircase to the roof, I began to comprehend the vertical wonder that is Latif’s family-run rooftop vineyard and winery.
The roof was covered with vines full of green grapes that dangled from a homemade trellis made out of bamboo. …
It wasn’t always like this. Latif Jiji planted a single grape vine in the backyard in 1977, and then basically forgot about it. Latif …was inspired by his father, an amateur winemaker who made red wine while Latif was a boy in Basra [Iraq]. …
…In 2009, the family collected 700 lbs of grapes and made 150 bottles. The lower yield this year was partially blamed on Hurricane Irene.
So how does the homemade wine taste? …The glass I had was fruity, sweet and smooth. But Latif told me the quality varies from year to year and depends on when the grapes were picked (2009 was an especially good year, the grapes grown on the roof are usually sweeter).
…If you’re wondering where you can buy the wine, sadly the wine isn’t sold. It is only shared with family and friends. …
Iraqi Past Ferments in An Unlikely N.Y. Winery
NEW YORK — Latif Jiji stood on his Manhattan bedroom balcony and leaned out into a great, green vine. Facing the gray buildings of midtown, he grasped a handful of grapes and snipped, leaned farther, grasped another, snipped again, until he had filled two plastic bags with the fruit of his bedroom view.
Jiji … has made his townhouse into a vertical winery…
[Jiji] coaxed a vine he planted in 1977 to grow up four stories along the back of his home and cover almost all the roof — more than 100 feet of gnarled wood and green grapes. …
“Part of it is being a refugee, not having my own home I grew up in,” Jiji says. “I’m not able to go back to my past and touch it and re-experience it, so I try to do something here that becomes my creation, that becomes part of what I am.”
Jiji’s vine has also been put to multiple uses. He used to keep the grape leaves and his mother would stuff them with meat and rice. Each year, there is grape juice….
Garden paradise atop duplex in New York City
“…a private garden paradise awaits atop this duplex penthouse loft in prime Chelsea, New York City, USA. A key-locked elevator opens directly to this top floor … loft for sale.”
According to the broker,
“the garden is simply spectacular. The mature, fully-landscaped rooftop spreads over 1,600 square feet on multiple levels with fascinating architectural elements, making for intimate seating areas, sensory dining opportunities and infinite possibilities for entertaining. A rare, sensory retreat in the heart of the city.”