Farm the Rooftops (City Farm News / The Dirt)

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http://www.cityfarmer.info/2011/12/21/american-society-of-landscape-architects-farm-the-rooftops/

American Society of Landscape Architects – Farm the Rooftops

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“Farming is a tough numbers game. It’s a tough sell, but educating children in cities about how food is grown is worth any size project.”

Farm the Rooftops

http://dirt.asla.org/2011/12/16/farm-the-rooftops/

American Society of Landscape Architects
The Dirt
12/16/2011

Excerpt:

Mark Morrison, FASLA, Mark Morrison Landscape Architecture, who did his first green roof in Moscow in the 1970s and works on lots of diverse rooftop spaces (restaurants, hospitals, and community gardens), said the issues relate to policy. “We need policy changes.” He pointed to his Visionaire greenroof project in Battery Park City, where there’s a “strong authority” that didn’t want to see plants on roofs, so he had to make design changes to hide the roof produce. Keith Agoada, Urban-ag, agreed, adding that “commercial farming is often illegal.” Rooftop farmers often need “special use permits” to get around out-dated regulations meant to encourage densification by keeping farmers out of the city. There are also complications with adding greenhouses on roofs, which are “technically another floor,” so farmers need “legal and design workarounds.”

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.