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 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!”


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


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.


“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’s Bookstore from


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