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Philadelphia Green Roof Designer Writes First Full-Length Book on Rooftop Agriculture - EAT UP | The Inside Scoop on Rooftop Agriculture

Green roof designer, landscape architect, and Philadelphia-native Lauren Mandel breaks down the lofty notions of Rooftop Agriculture in the first full-length book about rooftop food production.

Philadelphia, PA. – (April 29, 2013)EAT UP, the first full-length book about rooftop food production, has been released by Philadelphia-based author and green roof designer, Lauren Mandel. Published internationally by New Society Publishers (a carbon-neutral publishing house), EAT UP explains the practices and practicality of rooftop agriculture through case studies, interviews with industry leaders, and useful checklists. With over 60 percent of the global population now living in urban areas, innovative forms of food production such as rooftop agriculture are becoming increasingly important in addressing food needs while also appealing to those interested in growing fresh food close to home.

Author photo by Geoffrey Goldberg Photography

EAT UP culminates a three-year research and photography project for Mandel. The book consists of three sections: home rooftop gardening, commercial rooftop farming, and the rooftop agriculture industry, making it the most comprehensive guide to date on the subject matter.

The book was unveiled on April 25, 2013 at Philadelphia eatery Good Karma Café. The Roof-to-Table Launch Event celebrated literature, art, and food by featuring a book signing, 30-piece photography exhibition of images from the book, and seasonal food sourced from local farms, complete with food mileage labels. The Roof-to-Table Photography Exhibition consists of images of rooftop farms and vegetable gardens taken by nine photographers (including Mandel) in nine cities throughout North America. Each photograph is framed with “twice-reclaimed” lumber made from barn siding re-purposed as flooring, re-purposed again as framing stock. The Exhibition will hang in the launch venue (925 Pine St.) through June 29, 2013, and will then travel to Chicago’s Uncommon Ground restaurant (1401 W. Devon Ave.) where it will hang from August 20 – September 15, 2013, with a Midwest launch event on August 20. The exhibition is available for additional restaurant and gallery spaces from July 1 - August 1, 2013 and after September 23, 2013.

EAT UP is available in print and ebook from New Society Publishers (, Barnes and Noble,, and local book stores.


About Lauren Mandel
Lauren Mandel is a Project Manager and Rooftop Agriculture Specialist at the Philadelphia-based green roof firm Roofmeadow, where she designs vegetated and agricultural roofs and oversees green roof construction throughout the United States. She has visited and photographed rooftop farms and gardens across North America and interviewed prominent rooftop farmers, CEOs, and designers. Mandel is a contributing writer for Urban Farm and Grid magazines, a guest lecturer at universities and conferences, and a blogger at Mandel holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science from Skidmore College. She has previously worked as a landscape designer, US Forest Service wilderness ranger, organic farm intern, and a research intern for American Farmland Trust.

About Roofmeadow
A Philadelphia firm with national projects, Roofmeadow began in 1997 to engineer green roofs and manage their installation and maintenance. Noted projects include Chicago City Hall, PECO Headquarters, Philadelphia, PA, and the Brooklyn Botanical Garden Visitor Center. Roofmeadow today adapts its engineering and landscape architecture expertise to thin landscapes on ground, buildings, and structures. To guarantee successful installations, Roofmeadow certifies the best in both materials and installers. Its Roofmeadow® Stewardship Program assures that Roofmeadow green roofs and its other landscapes thrive and evolve for decades. Please visit for more information.

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