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University of Maryland Helps Grow Urban Rooftop Farms

on January 14, 2020 at 9:05 am under , , ,
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“The interesting thing about cities is they’re fragile,” notes John Lea-Cox, a professor in the Departments of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at Maryland. “By fragile I mean that urban people are really dependent upon transport to get food into cities. That’s why this kind of urban food production, whether it be at grade or on a rooftop, is really important.”

From the deceptively simple idea of urban rooftop farming sprouts a plethora of potential benefits for cities and surrounding communities alike. Partnering with Up Top Acres, Maryland is countering this trend, helping the group refine and improve their practices, one rooftop at a time. Kristof Grina, co-owner of Up Top Acres, says that the difference between local and shipped-in produce is night and day.

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