Way atop New York City's massive convention center is a one-acre farm and a 10,000 square foot orchard that grows fruit. You wouldn't know it to look at the Javits Center, but it's now home to a green roof farm that will grow up to 40,000 lbs of produce per year.
Brooklyn Grange, the New York City-based rooftop farming, design/build, and events business, is working The Farm at the Javits Center, which has a one-acre green roof farm, an all-season greenhouse, a 10,000 square foot orchard, and food forest with dozens of fruit-bearing trees, and a 344,000-gallon underground cistern for recovering and recycling rainwater runoff.
The farm has 18 inches of agricultural soil, 32 apple and six pear trees growing in almost four feet of soil, and a landscape of native and pollinator-friendly plants. The hope is to grow up to 40,000 pounds of produce each year, which will be served onsite by the Javits Center's caterer.
You might've heard that the Javits Center had a garden on its roof before—it already hosted a 6.75-acre passive green roof, but the Brooklyn Grange has turned that into an active farm for "roof-to-table" meals for its visitors and staff.
"We're taking sustainability to the next level—literally," said Alan Steel, the president and CEO of the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation. "We're excited to work with Brooklyn Grange to create a unique roof-to-table experience for our guests in the new heart of New York City. This innovative farm will enable our staff to push the boundaries of sustainability and further explore how to improve the quality of life for our neighbors—those with wings and those without."
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