Growing up playing SimCity, one always knew that the way to the future was paved with arcologies. Today, that dream of indoor wavepools and shopping malls takes one greener step forward, with the official opening of Brooklyn Grange, the largest rooftop farm in the city. These urban plant husbandry masters describe themselves thusly:
Brooklyn Grange is a commercial farming business located on New York City rooftops. We grow vegetables in the city and sell them to local people and businesses. The goal is to improve access to very good food, to connect city people more closely to farms and food production, and to make urban farming a viable enterprise and livelihood.
Although we function as a privately owned and operated enterprise, Brooklyn Grange is community oriented and open to the public. School groups, families and volunteers are welcome to visit, participate and learn. This is a green space that contributes to the overall health and quality of life of the community, bringing people together through green business and around good food.
Aside from their groundbreaking new approach to the modern food chain supply, BK Grange found it's way using progressive crowdsourcing finance tools like Kickstarter, and their produce is available in the best locavore foodie haunts and markets in BK and the city.
WCIP salutes this forward-thinking and simple approach to bring fresh, local food to our plates and improving overall quality of life in our city.
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