Brooklyn Grange, a company that specializes in sustainable living, is bringing a brand-new rooftop farm to Sunset Park’s Liberty View Industrial Plaza this summer. The new installation, located at 850 Third Ave., is slated to open in June. At 140,000 square feet, the farm will be more than double the size of the farm at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and more than triple the size of the company’s flagship farm in Long Island City.
“We are very much a triple bottom line business. We measure our profitability not just financially, but in terms of the value we are creating for our ecosystem and for our community.”
Anastasia Cole Plakias
Co-Founder and COO
The operation at Brooklyn Grange is far-reaching. The company acts as a vendor (selling fresh produce to chefs and small grocers through farmers markets and subscriptions), a host (planning weddings, corporate events and tours), and a designer (building and maintaining urban farms and green roofs throughout the city).
In this newest effort in Sunset Park, Brooklyn Grange is working with the Department of Environmental Protection. Community members had the chance to give input at a recent visioning session held by Community Board 7.
“We are very much a triple bottom line business,” said Anastasia Cole Plakias, the company’s co-founder and COO. “We measure our profitability not just financially, but in terms of the value we are creating for our ecosystem and for our community.”
The Liberty View farm will have a special component: stormwater capture and conservation.
“The Sunset Park farm will manage 164,000 gallons in the farm area, and another 10,000 gallons in the patios and pathways,” Plakias said. “Basically, in a single rainfall, that’s what we’ll be absorbing into our system.”
Watch this video about the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm #2: