City’s First Commercial Rooftop Farm Finds Home in Queens

May 16, 2010 at 4:46 pm 1 comment

For a few tense months, Ben Flanner’s plan to build a new rooftop farm in Brooklyn hung in the balance. His main investor backed out of the venture, and the building owner from whom he planned to lease roof space for the farm — called the Brooklyn Grange — got cold feet.

“Brooklyn Grange hit some rough seas and for a minute there it looked like it might not be our year to build a farm,” writes Ben and his business partners in the farm’s blog.

Miraculously, the intrepid entrepreneurs survived the unrelenting storm of setbacks and defeats. They fished for alternate sources of funding, and at the eleventh hour found a developer willing to lease the roof of a building not in Brooklyn, but in Long Island City, Queens.

On Thursday, May 13, as soil mix was hoisted by crane onto the 40,000-square-foot roof, the Brooklyn Grange finally came to be. It will be the city’s first commercial rooftop farm, growing tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and leafy greens.

For more about the farm, read this article, which ran Friday in the New York Times.
For related articles in New York Bounty about rooftop farms, click here, here and here.

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Entry filed under: City Farmers, Local Food Production, Rooftop Gardening, Urban Agriculture. Tags: , , , , .

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  • 1. cleanenergylease  |  July 15, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    It seems to be a major challenge for Urban Farmers to find roof space. This challenge is now diminished with the launching of a website that lets building owners, developers, and building managers list their rooftops for lease/partnerships for urban farming (as well as distributed energy) projects.
    If you’re curious, check out the website http://www.seglet.com.

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