feeding our city + our soul

Urban agriculture has crawled up walls and fire escapes onto rooftops across North America.  As we cultivate our rapidly greening skyline, we’re hungry to learn the potential of the blossoming Rooftop Agriculture movement.  On March 5th…

seedling envy

Behind on starting your seedlings this year?  Don’t fret!  Thanks to this winter’s polar vortex you’re not alone; we’re all a bit behind.  With frosty nights and spring (hopefully) around the corner, it’s time to hit the seed…

community roofs

Glitzy commercial farms tend to dominate the rooftop agriculture media scene.  Magazines, newspapers, the blogosphere (and even I!) can’t resist featuring these highly photogenic rooftops.  These farms rely on the surrounding community for indirect and sometimes…

top 5 rooftops of 2013

Rooftop agriculture reached new heights in 2013 thanks to enthusiasts around the globe like you!  Skyline farms and gardens sprouted up in record numbers, bringing fresh fruits and veggies to tables to urbanites from New York…

winterize that garden

The blustery weather and wintry mix blanketing much of the country lead many to believe that winter is upon us, albeit a week early.  It may be cold up on your roof, but you best climb…

conference call

While most people reminisce about last week’s turkey dinner I’m still trying to catch my breath from November’s whirlwind of conferences.  Back-to-back events in Boston and Philly left me (and many other designers) invigorated yet exhausted!…

the naked truth

All this talk about rooftop gardening makes me want to climb up onto my own roof to get started.  That’s right!  Believe it or not, my roof is naked; bare membrane all the way.  How could…

the next frontier

Fifteen years ago green roof pioneer Charlie Miller had to convince clients to plant Sedum on their roofs.  Never mind that Scandinavians began building sod roofs centuries ago to moderate indoor temperature, or that Germany began investing in…

skyline vegetable convention

Overlooking the Windy City’s articulated skyline a handful of urban farmers has climbed up to the convention center‘s roof to cultivate 1/4 acre of prime real estate. McCormick Place West, as its known by locals, was…

the inside scoop with Lara Mrosovsky

A 6,500 square foot rooftop garden atop Toronto’s Access Alliance provides the community health center’s visitors with opportunities for community development, environmental education, and social health activities.  Lara Mrosovsky, the organization’s Green Access Community Animator, engages primarily…