Local Farming Projects

Good Magazine wrote about a new 6,000-square-foot rooftop farm that went up in New York City. The rooftop farm sits on top of an industrial building, a former bagel factory in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Ben Flanner, a former e-Trade employee, used a crane to dump some 200,000 pounds of dirt on top of the building. In addition to being a farm, the new rooftop also serves as a green roof. Goode Green, a green roof design and installation firm, found the building and helped with logistics.

According to Good magazine, “the Rooftop Farms’s first salad greens are just being harvested and sold to local restaurants (they hope to soon set up a stand to make sure most of their produce stays as local as possible), and a wealth of other crops—tomatoes, onions, green beans, cucumbers, among many others—will be pulled up as the summer goes on.” Read the article

Also, The New York Times reports that organic farms are becoming prized subdivision amenities. The New York Times writes: “from Vermont to central California, developers are creating subdivisions around organic farms to attract buyers. If you plant it, these developers believe, they will buy.” A senior fellow at the Urban Land Institute, Ed McMahon, was quoted as saying: “there are currently at least 200 projects that include agriculture as a key community component.”

Developers are finding ways to use farms to add value to subdivisions. In some new developments, developers are adding “edible landscape” components. For instance, in one project, edible landscapes are found “at street corners there are blueberry bushes, fig bushes, peach trees and spotted apple trees.” In more rural subdivisions, developers are promoting “rural quality” in developments, and often renting out plots within subdivisions to farmers. Others are adding livestock. Ed McMahon was quoted as saying: “open space improves the returns for a developer.” Read the article

Image credit: Good Magazine

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