Eagle Street Rooftop Farm
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Eagle Street Rooftop Farm; Photo Courtesy of Goode Green.Project Name: Eagle Street Rooftop Farm
Year: 2009
Owner: Broadway Stages
Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 6000 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, By Appointment
Submitted by: Goode Green

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Greenroof Design & Installation: Goode Green
Growing Media: rooflite
Founding Farmers: Annie Novak and Ben Flanner
2010 Operating Farmer: Annie Novak
Greenroof Components: Optigreen
Optigreen Distributor: Conservation Technology
Volunteers are always appreciated!  Photo: Eagle Street Rooftop FarmAn amazing view from the rooftop farm! Photo: Eagle Street Rooftop FarmPhoto: Eagle Street Rooftop Farm
On the shoreline of the East River and with a sweeping view of the Manhattan skyline, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm is a 6,000 square foot green roof organic vegetable farm located atop the Broadway Stages warehouse rooftop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. During New York City's growing season, the farmers at Eagle Street Rooftop Farm supply a community supported agriculture (CSA) program, an onsite farm market, and bicycle fresh produce to area restaurants.

Fresh mustards, lettuces, radishes, kale, peas, herbs and more are available from the farm market, open the last Sunday of the month from 1 pm 4 pm from May through October (see below). In partnership with food education organization Growing Chefs, the rooftop farm hosts a range of farm-based educational and volunteer programs.
During Construction on April 13, 2009; Photo Courtesy Amy Trachtman of Goode Green. Afterwards in June, 2009, a  leafy rooftop garden!  Photo Courtesy Amy Trachtman of Goode Green.
Broadway Stages owners Tony and Gina Argento wanted to green this soundstage roof and they partnered with Goode Green to design and install the green roof system with Rooftop Farms, who manages this commercial organic vegetable rooftop farm. This pioneering collaboration in the urban farming movement uses Optigreen components (through Conservation Technology) as their greenroof system, comprised of 2" of built-up components: polyethylene, drainage mat, and retention and separation fabrics. Rooflite Intensive growing medium was selected and 200,000 pounds were lifted onto the roof in one day by crane in super-sacks. It was installed over two days in late April, 2009.

The Eagle Street Rooftop Farm welcomes volunteers to learn to maintain the farm from seeding to harvest - beginners and green thumbs are welcome. On open Sundays, the Farm also hosts a free 2 pm workshop, to encourage the spread of urban agriculture knowledge and regular Eagle Street Rooftop Farm internships through schools and organizations are facilitated through GrowingChefs.org. In its first season, the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm yielded over 30 different kinds of produce. Rooftop honey is harvested from three beehives by operating farmer Annie Novak and she also keeps a coop full of chickens on the roof!

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Photos of October, 2009 by Stephen Orr of What Were the Skies LikeApril, 2009; Photo Courtesy of Goode Green.Eagle Street Rooftop Farm; Photo Source: What Were the Skies LikePhotos of October, 2009 by Stephen Orr of What Were the Skies Like
Download a comprehensive 2012 Eagle Street Rooftop Farm project fact sheet, and visit their website. See the 2009 video New York City Rooftop Farm by NTDTV on YouTube and the August 5, 2009 clip Rooftop farm in Brooklyn on the BBC. Read the June 28, 2010 Eagle Street Rooftop Farm Up Close by Katie Cordrey in Brownstoner; June 8, 2010 Meet & Eat: Lisa Goode, of Goode Green Designs by Leah Douglas in Serious Eats: New York; May 18, 2010 Outdoors: Green Roof Design by Goode Green in New York by Francesca in International Business Times; April 24, 2010 Highly productive by Sarah Murray in FT.com; September 1, 2009 Rooftops take urban farming to the skies by Marisa Belger in TODAYshow.com; July 15 2009 The Roof, the Roof, the Roof is a Farm! by Yuka Yoneda in Inhabitat; and the June 21, 2009 This Is a Roof by Wendy Goodman in New York Magazine.

Learn about the following companies in The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory: rooflite; and Optigreen.
 
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