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Urban Farming is a crazy endeavor—to figure out logistically and, pragmatically, to find the right infrastructure to do it on. But when those pieces fall into place, beautiful things happen. Rooftop farming brings the community closer to its food, provides it with a greater number of fresh produce options, uses fewer overall resources, and creates a more intimate ecosystem and community around those who make and eat its produce. Rooftop farming has blossomed in Brooklyn...
A couple of weeks ago—when all of Brookyn felt as soupy as a Russian bathhouse—I walked to the roof of the old Pfizer Building on the border of Bed-Stuy and Williamsburg with Keely Gerhold, co-founder of Tinyfield Roofhop Farm. The 1,000 square foot space at the mammoth, late prescription drugs headquarters is home to the only urban rooftop farm, anywhere, that grows hops—the flower that is a cousin to Marijuana and lends itself nicely...

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