The Rooftop Growing Guide: Vegetables, Herbs and Flowers on the Rooftop Landscape

The Rooftop Growing Guide: Vegetables, Herbs and Flowers on the Rooftop Landscape

In 2009, the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm on top of Broadway Stages’ north Brooklyn, New York soundstage opened as the first commercial greenroof vegetable farm in the country.  Head farmer Annie Novak discusses the successes and challenges of taking ground-level growing experience to the roof, from growing healthy, robust vegetables in greenroof soil to managing honeybees, volunteers, and finding resources in the urban environment to support a growing farm.

In 2016, Novak published “The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Garden or Farm,” a compendium of flower, herb, and vegetable growing advice from her own experiences as well as other rooftop agriculturalists across the country working in greenroofs, containers, and with hydroponics.  In addition to her own experience in New York City, Novak will also discuss their strategies for success.

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Annie Novak

Growing Chefs Founder & Director, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm Co-founder & Farmer

Annie Novak is founder and director of Growing Chefs, field-to-fork food education program; the Manager of the Edible Academy at the New York Botanical Garden, and co-founder and farmer of Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in partnership with Goode Green and Broadway Stages. She is the author of The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Garden or Farm, published by Ten Speed Press. A passionate educator, Annie teaches locally & nationally, and has spoken at conferences around the country on the connections between people, food and ecology, and the benefits of urban agriculture. Annie writes in her own words for The Atlantic, Rodale’s Organic Life Magazine, Wilder Quarterly, and Diner Journal.

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