Boston Medical Center Rooftop Farm
Boston, MA, USA
2,658 sf. Greenroof
Greenroofs.com Featured Project March 4, 2019
As we contemplate warmer weather here in the Northern Hemisphere, those of us lucky enough to have a rooftop farm are planning our new crops! Such is the case with the fantastic Boston Medical Center Rooftop Farm, another fine example of combining the attributes of a greenroof with patient health.
Implemented by Recover Green Roofs, an award-winning company with tons of experience with rooftop farms, their previous produce growing living roof projects include Fenway Farms and Whole Foods Market – Lynnfield, MA – just to name a couple. So we felt it would great to recognize their excellent work!
And, kudos go to Boston Medical Center for its commitment to sustainable design and progressive healthcare!
Excerpt from Project Profile:
Voted one of the 50 greenest hospitals in America, Boston Medical Center (BMC) is the largest safety-net hospital and Level I trauma center in New England. A rooftop farm was a natural fit for BMC, which has both a steadfast commitment to a green campus and an integrative approach to health.
Located three stories up on the lower roof of BMC’s power plant building, the Boston Medical Center Rooftop Farm is the first farm on a hospital in Boston.
With a total roof area of 7,000 square feet, the rooftop farm has 2,658 square feet of growing space and harvests about 25 different crops.
The farm began as the brainchild of Dave Maffeo, senior director of support services and Robert Biggio, senior vice president of facilities and support services, with the support of BMC’s Office of Development. Dave worked with Lindsay Allen, who is now Manager of the BMC Rooftop Farm, and John Stoddard of Higher Ground Farm to find a rooftop and growing system that met BMC’s needs.
The farm was designed and installed by Recover Green Roofs, and Higher Ground Farm manages the growing. Designed to provide maximum growth potential, a modular raised-bed system was installed, the Recover Aerated Media Module (or RAMM). Each individual modular crate is complete with organic Vermont Compost media, remote-monitored smart drip irrigation, and durable roof membrane protection.
The BMC Rooftop Farm grows a wide variety of organic vegetables and herbs and houses two beehives, painted by youth patients at the hospital.
The resident bees pollinate 75% of the food on the farm, and during peak season there are 80,000 to 100,000 bees in each hive. In its second growing season, the farm grew 5,000 – 7,000 pounds of fresh produce on less than 3,000 cubic feet of growing space.
In addition, the farm offers many wonderful opportunities for educating patients and hosting events for volunteers and children of the community. The Boston Medical Center Rooftop Farm not only provides fresh, local produce to its hospitalized patients, cafeterias, The Teaching Kitchen, and Preventive Food Pantry, but is also part of BMC’s overall commitment to going green.
Owner: Boston Medical Center
Location: Boston, MA, USA
Building Program: Commercial, Healthcare, Rooftop Farm
Greenroof Type: Semi-Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 2,658 sq.ft.
Access: Accessible, Private
GREEN ROOF DESIGNER/INSTALLER:
RECOVER GREEN ROOFS, LLC
RECOVER AERATED MEDIA MODULE (RAMM) GREENROOF SYSTEM:
RECOVER GREEN ROOFS
HIGHER GROUND FARM
SOIL MEDIA SUPPLIER:
VERMONT COMPOST COMPANY
SEED STOCK SUPPLIER:
HIGH MOWING ORGANIC SEEDS
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