Watch Educators & Academics and Urban Ag Innovators at the 2017 Virtual Summit

April 19, 2017 at 3:14 pm

Watch Educators Academics Urban Ag Innovators 2017 Virtual Summit

Watch Educators Academics Urban Ag Innovators 2017 Virtual Summit

Have you registered yet? We do hope you’ll join us for our 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture. Highlighting excellence and lessons learned in green living architecture, the 4th biennial web-based Virtual Summit is being held from April 9 through December 31, 2017.

First Live Event: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

We’ll have a variety of live events scheduled though December 2017 – all with the backdrop of our fantastic speaker videos you can watch on demand from across the globe.  But up first is the Long Earth Day Weekend Live Event this Friday, Saturday and Sunday – don’t miss watching these videos in time for their Q & As!

Watch Educators & Academics and Urban Ag Innovators at the 2017 Virtual Summit!

Watch Educators Academics Urban Ag Innovators 2017 Virtual Summit

For Earth Week we’re highlighting these awesome colleagues and practitioners and their engrossing videos.  First up, the:

Educators & Academics:

Keynote Stephen Ritz, South Bronx Educator, Green Bronx Machine Founder, Author:

The Power of a Plant

Bob Cameron, PhD, Penn State University Adjunct Professor, Eco Applied Technologies Principal:

Fresh Herbs in the Kitchen: How to Construct a Small Scale Aquaponics System for the Home

CY Jim, PhD, University of Hong Kong Professor & Researcher:

Green Roofs Create Oases in the City: Hong Kong

Kelly Ksiazek-Mikenas, PhD candidate, Researcher, Author and Olyssa Starry, PhD, Portland State University Assistant Professor & Author:

Design, Publishing, and Widespread Use of the Children’s Activity Book: Growing UP in the City: A Book About Green Roofs” – a collaborative talk

Leila Tolderlund, LEED AP, GRP, University of Colorado Denver Senior Instructor and Research Associate:

RootDOWN Green Wall at Denver International Airport

And the Urban Ag Innovators:

Zaro Bates, Empress Green Inc. Founder, Staten Island Urby Farmer-in-Residence:

All We See is Green: Intensive Green Roofs and Urban Farming in NYC

Richard Nelson, SolaRoof International CEO & Owner and Chris Wark, Wark Energy Consulting Principal, Ponix Founder:

Food Production and the Built Environment: How Local Can You Go? Controlled-Environmental Agriculture (CEA) Panel

Annie Novak, Growing Chefs Founder & Director, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm Co-founder & Farmer, Author:

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

Mary Ostafi, LEED AP, Urban Harvest STL Executive Director 

FOOD ROOF Farm: Grow Food, Grow Community

See the entire Agenda to check out all of our wonderful Speakers and their talks.

Speaker Q & As this Long Earth Day Weekend, April 21, 22 & 23

Watch Educators Academics Urban Ag Innovators 2017 Virtual Summit

Don’t miss our upcoming first live event over the Long Earth Day Weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for Speaker Q & As – see the Agenda for dates and times.

FREE Global Social Media Event

If you’re still considering registering to watch the videos, you can still participate in the Speaker Q & As as this is a FREE global Social Media Event!  Connect with your favorite speakers and we’ll see you online soon!

Thank you to our Partners, and please contact Aramis if you’re interested in being a Sponsor or Exhibitor at aramis@greenroofs.com:

Watch Educators Academics Urban Ag Innovators 2017 Virtual Summit

Watch Educators Academics Urban Ag Innovators 2017 Virtual Summit

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit Host

Register now and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit with live events over the Long Earth Day Weekend: April 21, 22, & 23 – and through December, 2017!

The How-to’s of Rooftop Farming in “The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Garden or Farm”

February 24, 2016 at 2:46 pm

By Linda S. Velazquez
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Urban agriculture is very hot right now and rooftop farming even hotter, not to mention extremely important. Annie Novak, the co-founder and head farmer of Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, the nation’s first commercial greenroof row farm (2009) in Brooklyn, says “If you’d like to grow your own food but don’t think you have the space, look up!”

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Annie is also the author of the just released The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Garden or Farm (2016, Ten Spreed Press/Penguin Random House) where she draws upon her years of experience as a pioneering sky-high farmer, manager of the Edible Academy at the New York Botanical Garden, and founder and director of Growing Chefs, a field-to-fork food education program.  In the 256-page paperback she shares best practices for cultivating vegetables, herbs, flowers, and trees.

“Featuring the brass tacks on green roofs, container gardening, hydroponics, greenhouse growing, crop planning, pest management, harvesting tips, and more, The Rooftop Growing Guide will have you reimagining the possibilities of your own skyline.” ~ February 16, 2016 Press Release

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Annie researched, visited, and interviewed rooftop farmers and gardeners from across the country and shares these stories of amazing urban agriculture greenroofs in the U.S. and the world.  Learn more about The Rooftop Growing Guide and see the full list of experts and sites profiled plus resources at The Rooftop Growing Guide website.

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“We want greener skylines, healthier cities, and more hands gardening (up above or down below).” ~ Annie Novak

I certainly couldn’t agree more, and rooftop farming is the way to go!  You can also purchase “The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Garden or Farm” for only $23.00 in Greenroofs.com’s Bookstore from Amazon.com.

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Reprinted with permission from The Rooftop Growing Guide, by Annie Novak, copyright © 2016, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.  Photographs copyright © 2016 by Annie Novak.

Happy reading and greening,

~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP