Eat Up: Getting high with local food

Screen Shot 2013-03-27 at 11.09.14 AMRooftop 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:

IMG_1986Now 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.


About Urban Food Revolution

Peter Ladner is a former Vancouver city councilor, Metro Vancouver vice-chair and business owner who is currently a weekly columnist at Business in Vancouver newspaper and a regular contributor to, a Seattle-based online news service. He is the author of The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way we Feed Cities, published by New Society in November, 2011. For the past two years he has been a Fellow at the SFU Centre for Dialogue researching, teaching and organizing public events around the theme Planning Cities as if Food Matters. He was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 2002, was re-elected in 2005 and ran for mayor in 2008. He is a former member of the TransLink Board, and was vice chair of the Metro Vancouver Board. Peter has been the publisher, president and part owner of the Business in Vancouver Media Group, which he co-founded in 1989. He has a lifelong interest in growing food. As a city councilor, he worked with the Vancouver Food Policy Council in initiating the city’s program to add 2010 food-producing community garden plots by 2010. He is vice-chair of the The Natural Step Canada, part of an international organization that advances sustainability in communities and corporations. He has a B.A. from UBC and did graduate work at the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning. He and his wife Erica have four adult children.
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One Response to Eat Up: Getting high with local food

  1. Hi Peter,
    What an exciting time for rooftop agriculture! EAT UP will be released in April, so stay tuned for this comprehensive look into rooftop farming and vegetable gardening. You can find up to date information on the book’s publication as well as coverage of local rooftop agricultural initiatives at Thanks for the love!

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