New York City Eats

Rooftop Farms: More than a Tree Grows in Brooklyn

kindergarten ’91, my first visit to a farm: Greenmeadow Farm

No need for molecular gastronomy.  The key to good cooking is to have seasonal fresh ingredients and many chefs are serving diners with the farm to table dining experience.  A few are legendary Alice Water Chez Panisse located in Berkeley California, Annemarie Ahearn Salt Water Farm in Lincolnville Maine, close to home is Dan Barber Blue Hill Farm in New York and let’s not forget the White House farm garden. With an endless list of concerns derived from our modern day food consumption, chefs are taking action by bringing healthy, nutritious, and a breath of freshness to the diner’s table and I am a fan of this movement leading me intrigued in agriculture.

Located in an isolated part of Greenpoint, Brooklyn is Rooftop Farms with a picturesque view of Manhattan skyline.  Founded by Annie Novak and Ben Flanner,  this cute little farm has an unexpected abundance of variety of organic produce from kale, radish, mesculan salad greens, to green onions, in addition to a bee farm and a chicken coop.  Who knew there would be so much more than a tree grows in Brooklyn.  For a beginner like myself, Rooftop Farms mission is more than a farm but a place that educate all levels with the interest in agriculture. With the Sundays volunteer and workshop days, these workshops include keeping your own bee farm, to the basic 101 tips to grow your own crops and in today’s workshop raising your own chickens in the city.  It is an oasis from the hustle and bustle metropolis. Rooftop Farms is planting and growing and educating the locals and by inspiring the locals to find the least conventional ways to spread the green thumb from one carbon fingerprint to the next.  (photos on flickr)