Eat Up: Getting high with local food

Screen Shot 2013-03-27 at 11.09.14 AMRooftop growing is exploding everywhere. Some cities now allow owners to exceed height restrictions if they’re growing food on their roofs. Many of these are hydroponic, as in Vancouver’s Alterrus rooftop greenhouse on the unused top floor of a downtown parking garage:

IMG_1986Now New Society Publishers has come out with the first full-length book to focus entirely on rooftop agriculture. EAT UP views this growing movement through a practitioner’s lens, explaining:

  • Structural, access and infrastructural considerations
  • Zoning and building codes
  • Proven growing techniques
  • Business and marketing strategies

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.

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One Response to Eat Up: Getting high with local food

  1. Hi Peter,
    What an exciting time for rooftop agriculture! EAT UP will be released in April, so stay tuned for this comprehensive look into rooftop farming and vegetable gardening. You can find up to date information on the book’s publication as well as coverage of local rooftop agricultural initiatives at Thanks for the love!

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