• Agents of Change

    • Three years ago, an urban agricultural project emerged in New York; acres of crops on rooftops inviting people in cities to reconnect with the production of food, also representing a physical need that is almost, spiritual.

    Brooklyn Grange: the largest rooftop farm on Earth / 

    Although urban farms are already an established global trend, on a large scale, their employment is still somewhat fragile, since the percentage of city dwelling farmers is minimal. Although some of the most important cities are currently focusing on large scale agricultural expressions, popular culture at large continues to ignore this seed’s potential.

    In addition to the psychological benefits associated with spending time in nature, humans need to understand the natural cycles of the foods we rely on, since the latter is tied to millennial knowledge on the relativity of time, the rhythm of things, the subtlety of balance, etc. Nowadays, we are closer to each other than ever before, at least physically, which means we should seek, imperatively, to maintain a connection with our natural origins and, simultaneously, confront the main challenges of the fure, for example, our food supply.

    Aided by their relatives and friends, a group of citizens founded Brooklyn Grange in 2010, in only three years it would become New York’s largest urban farm. This space was created with the purpose of taking advantage of sizable abandoned rooftops. To build this urban food oasis, the group spent their first six days moving and placing 1,300 kilograms of soil. To this day they have grown over ten thousand tomato seeds and provided over 18 thousand kilograms of fresh food to restaurants in the city.

    Brooklyn Grange’s main objective, beyond its financial potential, is to create a culture which appreciates urban agriculture and its benefits: demanding fresh and healthy products. Additionally, its members are also advocates for a movement that seeks to reconnect with natural processes from within city limits.

    The farm is so productive that even in winter it yields rye, vetch and clover —and since it doesn’t rely on hydroponic processes, these urban crops truly consecrate the earth as a source of life; using natural environmental processes they nurture their surroundings by producing oxygen.

    Brooklyn Range also runs an educational program that teaches individuals how to start and maintain urban agriculture businesses, or food gardens for their own use. 

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