We dig into the fundamentals of rooftop farming, including options for different production systems and why Higher Ground has opted for their system. John and Lindsay provide insights into the surprising of ecology of rooftop farming – including weeds and seagulls! – and discuss soil fertility management and irrigation systems.
John and Lindsay also ruminate on how to find a roof to farm on, what it takes for an urban farm to survive, and how they’ve leveraged the rooftops to create relationships with customers and clients. And we examine the two different business models that Higher Ground uses to make their operation work – growing food for sale, as well as operating a rooftop farm for a management fee.
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Quotes from the Show
[We] are using gardening techniques as opposed to farming techniques on a rooftop farm and then trying to make them as efficient as possible.
I think in urban farming so much of what we have to offer is what I think of as the alternative harvest and that's the knowledge and the green space that we create on farms for people to be able to interact whether that's just visually or walking through or as a learning space as a classroom.
The Boston Medical Center farm uses a Weathermatic irrigation controller.