Gardens in the sky
Ben Flanner … said he became fascinated with organic agriculture and was set to take an internship on a rural farm but then had a change of heart.“I wanted to farm but I didn’t want to leave the city,” he said.Mr. Flanner was lucky to find an environmentally aware company -- Broadway Stages, a stage and lighting company -- that wanted a green roof on one of its buildings. It paid to prepare the roof for planting and agreed to let him grow food on it. Mr. Flanner and his partner, Annie Novak, did the planting and will be able to keep all the profits from their organic vegetables.“People are knocking on my door to buy the stuff,” he said. Andrew Tarlow, a partner in four nearby restaurants, including Marlow & Sons, has agreed to buy anything Mr. Flanner grows.
Steven Peck, its president, said he had no figures for how many of the projects involved fruits and vegetables, but interest is growing. “When we had a session on urban agriculture,” he said of a meeting of the group in Atlanta last month, “it was standing room only.” Mr. Peck said the association is forming a committee on rooftop agriculture.
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