Rooftop growing is exploding everywhere. Some cities now allow owners to exceed height restrictions if they’re growing food on their roofs. Many of these are hydroponic, as in Vancouver’s Alterrus rooftop greenhouse on the unused top floor of a downtown parking garage:
Now New Society Publishers has come out with the first full-length book to focus entirely on rooftop agriculture. EAT UP views this growing movement through a practitioner’s lens, explaining:
- Structural, access and infrastructural considerations
- Zoning and building codes
- Proven growing techniques
- Business and marketing strategies
Author Lauren Mandel is a Project Manager and Rooftop Agriculture Specialist at Roofmeadow, the preeminent green roof firm in North America, where she designs vegetated and agricultural rooftops, and oversees green roof construction throughout the United States.