Produce Demand is Growing for New York Rooftop Farm
A one-acre rooftop farm located in Long Island City is generating so much interest from consumers of fresh vegetables—that the manager is adding new members.
Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, which was established at 37-16 Northern Blvd in Long Island City in 2010, is a community supported agriculture (CSA) farm where members pay an upfront price and pick up a share of the harvest once a week.
Last year the farm had 30 CSA members. However, for this summer’s growing season, the plan is to double the number to 60.
“The feedback we’ve received thus far [since 2010] has been really great, so we wanted to give more … access to the farm’s harvest,” said Anastasia Cole Plakias, the director of communications and sales.
The rooftop farm produces tomatoes, peppers, kale, herbs, carrots, radishes and beans. All vegetables are grown according to organic principles without chemical or synthetic fertilizer, insecticides or herbicides.
To join, the membership fee is $576. Members will receive a share of the harvest once a week during the 24 week growing season that begins Saturday, May 18 and runs through Saturday, October 26. Brooklyn Grange kicks off the growing season with an open house on Saturday, May 4th.