Urban farming and rooftop gardening in a city is not a new idea, but for whatever reason, it hasn’t really caught on. Brooklyn Grange is an urban farming company started a few years ago by Ben Flanner.
When he quit his job in finance, he started rooftop farming in New York City. He rented a 6000 square foot rooftop in Brooklyn. After a bit of success, he searched for something larger and found it in a 40,000 square foot rooftop in Queens.
From this rooftop, Brooklyn Grange sells organic produce directly to local consumers and area restaurants. They use no fertilizers or pesticides, only organic matter.
Reuters stopped by the farm recently and made this short video. Perhaps, with continued successes like this one, we’ll see more of these.