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Grow Your Own Food On The Rooftops

  • Sep 28, 2012
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The idea of bringing a farm to the inner city seems to be
contradictory inherently. Nonetheless, the idea of
roof farming is springing up in places like the boros
of New York City.

Brooklyn Grange is a roof farm located on the rooftop of a
building on Northern Boulevard in Long Island City, Queens.
The chief farmer is a man named Ben Flanner. He grows produce
on a green roof system that used to be a flat roof that reached
nearly 160 degrees at the height of the summer heat.

Now, the roof is much cooler and money is saved in cooling the
building. This is in addition to the value of the produce grown on
top of the roof. There is also extensive roof farming in Brooklyn,
New York. A brand new affordable housing complex is planned
for the South Bronx. The complex will host a huge rooftop farm.
The greenhouse will reuse heat from the residential
portion of the building and harvest rain water from the greenhouse

Roof farming has big advantages. First, food can reach
its market quicker with less transportation costs and
spoilage. Second, local people can be employed to
grow the food. The normal supply chain and marketing
channels are bypassed so that food is homegrown and
sold directly to consumers locally.

In essence, this idea is the ultimate in farm
decentralization, as opposed to the concept of a
complex food conglomerate. Additionally, there
is a huge demand for locally produced food.
Typically, celery, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers
are grown in the environment of a roof farm.

Neighborhood residents are the most likely
consumers in close proximity to roof farms.
There are other parties who need local produce.
For instance, local restaurants, food franchises,
supermarkets, schools, hospitals, nursing homes,
child care centers and grocery stores are just a few
of  the constituencies who could benefit from immediately
available fresh neighborhood produce.

The thermodynamics of converting wasted heat energy
to reusable energy is available quite easily. Roof farms
simply locate near a bakery, cleaners, pizza store, large
building or local brewery since these establishments tend
to generate a lot of wasted heat from their continuous operations.

For example, a bakery or pizza shop ventilation system transfers
heat to a thermal fluid.  The system uses this heat as an energy
input to heat or to store water for use in bathrooms, dishwashing,
or heating residential or commercial spaces.

Like the Victory Gardens under President Truman, these rooftop
greenhouses will increase the supply of food for the poor, as well
as middle class families. The result will be better health outcomes
from eating fresh food, as well as a reduction in prices due to the
increased supply. In addition, rooftop farms can contribute toward
gainfully employing local people living in the inner cities.

1. http://www.woodstoneideas.com/green-integrat...ilding-system/overview/    

2. http://www.ny1.com/content/top_stories/12167...op-farm-opens-in-queens   

3. http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=%2broof+...+brooklyn&FORM=RCIR

4. http://gothamist.com/2009/09/18/rooftop_farming_in_the_south_bronx.php

5. http://brooklynology.brooklynpubliclibrary.o...II-Victory-Gardens.aspx

Article first published as <a href='http://blogcritics.org/scitech/article/inner-city-roof-farming/'>Inner City Roof Farming</a> on Blogcritics.

Article first published as <a href='http://blogcritics.org/scitech/article/salon...rvices-and-precautions/'>Salon Beauty Services and Precautions </a> on Blogcritics.
Grow Your Own Food On The Rooftops

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September 28, 2012
quite informative, sir!
September 29, 2012
Thank you for the appreciative comments.
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