Brooklyn’s Rooftop Farm to be Largest in US


Brooklyn will soon be home to the United States’ largest rooftop farm, and possibly also the world’s largest. The Manhattan-based BrightFarms, Inc. is building a 100,000-square foot greenhouse on the roof of a 1.1 million-square foot warehouse in Sunset Park. BrightFarms CEO Paul Lightfoot said he will grow the crops in a hydroponic system that uses minerals dissolved in water, instead of in soil. An navy Navy warehouse atop Federal Building #2, renamed Liberty View Industrial Plaza in Sunset Park will be converted into the greenhouse. Brooklyn residents will have access to over one million pounds of vegetables per year, including tomatoes, lettuces, and herbs.

The rooftop farm will both help revitalize the building and revolutionize local produce. It will grow enough crops to meet the fresh vegetable consumption needs of up to 5,000 New Yorkers, create jobs, and prevent as much as 1.8 million gallons of storm water from going into local waterways. By eliminating the length and complexity of the produce supply chain, this farm will grow produce that is fresher, tastier, and more sustainable than produce shipped across the country. Additionally, it help encourage other buildings to have rooftop farms. This spring, Brooklyn Grange, another rooftop farm developer, is set to open a 45,000-square-foot commercial operation at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

via Bright Farms