EAT UP: The Inside Scoop on Rooftop Agriculture

EAT UP: The Inside Scoop on Rooftop Agriculture

by Lauren Mandel


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Rooftops may be America's greatest unused resource and Ms. Mandel's book gives an exciting, but realistic assessment of the opportunities and challenges involved with turning these forgotten spaces into productive suppliers of food. — Stacy Bare, Sierra Club, Mission Outdoors Director

This guide suits all cities, roofs and styles of farming: once read, you can no longer ignore the possibilities above us. Green thumbs up! — Annie Novak, co-founder and farmer, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm

The hunger for local food has reached new heights, and rooftops can provide the space that cities need to bring fresh, organic produce to tables across North America. Whether you are a home gardener, restaurateur, entrepreneur or policy-maker, EAT UP will give you the tools you need to turn your dreams of rooftop farms and gardens into reality.
As the first full-length book to focus entirely on rooftop agriculture, EAT UP provides inspiration and advice to aspiring growers, as well as easy-to-use checklists and a decision tree to help gauge the viability of each unique rooftop opportunity. This graphically-rich guide views the burgeoning rooftop agricultural movement through a practitioner's lens with useful tips related to:
• Structural, access and infrastructural considerations
• Zoning and building codes
• Proven growing techniques
• Business and marketing strategies.
EAT UP takes urban agriculture to a whole new level, proving that rooftop farming is not just pie in the sky – it is the future of urban food.

Anyone interested in bringing the benefits of a localized food system to cities will gain from EAT UP's clear and concise information on how to capture the relatively untapped potential presented by urban rooftops. — Beth McKellips, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Director of Agricultural Economic Development

… an inspirational look at the future of food gardening in cities. This book will expand your notions of where gardening is possible and just how much food you really can grow right at home. — David Greenberg, Growing Gardens, Executive Director

Lauren Mandel holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science. She is a Project Manager and Rooftop Agriculture Specialist at Roofmeadow, where she designs green roofs and oversees green roof and rooftop agriculture projects throughout North America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780865717350
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication date: 05/14/2013
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Lauren Mandel is a Project Manager and Rooftop Agriculture Specialist at Roofmeadow, the preeminent green roof firm in North America, where she designs vegetated and agricultural rooftops, and oversees green roof construction throughout the United States. She has visited rooftop farms and interviewed rooftop farmers and gardeners across North America, and has contributed to the design of several rooftop agricultural operations in the Mid-Atlantic. Ms. Mandel holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science from Skidmore College. She has previously worked as a landscape designer, US Forest Service wilderness ranger, organic farm intern, and a research intern for American Farmland Trust.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Intent 1

Chapter 1 The Backdrop 2

What is rooftop agriculture? 3

Who's doing it? 4

A brief history 6

Today's rooftop farms and gardens 8

Chapter 2 What's in it for Me? 14

Health benefits 16

Environmental benefits 18

Economic benefits 20

Food access benefits 22

Chapter 3 Seed to Plate 24

Containers 26

Raised beds 34

Row farming 42

Hydroponics 48

Integrated approach 54

Milk eggs + wool 62

Beekeeping 66

Holistic building design 68

Chapter 4 Rooftop Gardens (Small-Scale) 72

Inspirational rooftop gardens 72

Garden Checklist 92

Chapter 5 Rooftop Farms (Medium-Scale) 108

Inspirational rooftop farms 108

Farm Checklist 136

Chapter 6 Rooftop Agriculture Industry (Large-Scale) 156

Inspirational rooftop networks 156

Industry Checklist 182

Chapter 7 Potential Hotspots 208

Chicago, IL 212

Philadelphia, PA 214

Portland, OR 216

San Francisco, CA 217

New York, NY 218

Vancouver, BC, Canada 220

Toronto, ON, Canada 221

Montreal, QC, Canada 222

Regional Synthesis 224

Chapter 8 The Path to Market 226

Glossary 235

Endnotes 243

Bibliography 249

Index 256

About the Author 261

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is perfect for anyone who wants to bring farm fresh food to their own roof. If you have a small family or want to start a farm, this book has it all! Superbly written with excellent pictures, it is accessible to everyone from the novice to the farmer with expertise. This book is fantastic!