The 6,000-square-foot roof of a warehouse in the Greenpoint neighbourhood of Brooklyn, New York, is the unlikely site of a verdant organic vegetable farm with a sweeping view of the Manhattan skyline. It’s called the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, co-founded by Annie Novak, who describes herself as an agriculturalist, activist and artist. Buyers can source fresh produce directly from the farm or alternatively have it delivered by bicycle to their front door – how cool is that?
Annie is the founder of field-to-fork education initiative Growing Chefs and the coordinator for children’s programmes at the New York Botanical Gardens. Her love for agriculture started while working with West African chocolate farmers in Ghana, she says. She is passionate about following food to its root (her adventures have taken her to places like Burkina Faso, Togo and Fiji), and the logical outcome was to start her own rooftop garden right in the heart of Brooklyn. You can read about her food adventures here.
During New York City’s growing season, the farmers at Eagle Street Rooftop Farm supply a community supported agriculture (CSA) programme and an onsite farm market. The farm also hosts a range of farm-based educational and volunteer programs.
The farm is an inspiring example of the possibilities for green space in the middle of a fast-paced, built-up city. Write and let us know about any similar initiatives happening in your city – we would love to hear!
Images from The Selby