After an inspirational season serving as an apprentice at Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm in 2013, Zaro Bates sought to create a rooftop farming model for the residential context. Her talk delves into her journey to develop this model in her role, first as consultant and then as Farmer in Residence, for Staten Island-Urby, a 500-unit residential complex on the North Shore of Staten Island. The Urby farm consists of a 4,500 sq. foot, intensive green roof market garden, and a 20-hive rooftop apiary.
The Farmer in Residence position has garnered press attention from the Smithsonian, the New York Times & Modern Farmer among other outlets. With spectacular footage of the Urby farm, Zaro discusses the successes and challenges of the first season, and what’s in store for season two. She is interested in exploring how intensive green roofs can be utilized for food production atop buildings around the world.