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Rooftop to Tabletop: Repurposing Urban Roofs for Food Production


Bastille Café and Bar, Seattle, Washington.

Rooftop agriculture can evolve into a lasting movement with continued support from growers, consumers, educators and designers, perhaps in the form of a “Local Foodscape Architecture.”

By Benjamin Engelhard
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Landscape Architecture
University of Washington
109 pages, 2010


Current environmental, social and economic realities have inspired a new generation of city dwellers to find innovative ways to live more sustainably. Food – how it is grown, processed, distributed and consumed – is a common factor in many of these conversations. New frontiers, especially in food production, are being explored in many U.S. cities. One with great untapped potential is our roofs. Indeed, rooftop agricultural production sits at the nexus of two established movements: green roofs and sustainable urban agriculture. This thesis focuses on rooftop food production in four U.S. cities (Portland, Seattle, Chicago and New York City), but it is structured to provide lessons and insights that can be applied more broadly.

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Swapping homegrown food in Portland

Food Swap – A video by Rebecca Gerendasy

By Rebecca Gerendasy
Cooking Up a Story

“A group of folks gathered to swap home crafted food and goods, where many of the ingredients came from their own green thumb or backyard (beehives, chicken coops, or goats milk). It’s another great way to grow community around food.” Rebecca.


“A Food Swap is part silent auction/part village marketplace/part fun-loving open house where your homemade creations (breads, preserves, special concoctions, canned goods, etc.) become your own personal currency for use in swapping with other participants.” It’s an open exchange and barter— no financial currency is allowed— of ones own unique treasure troves of canned, and prepared foods, and other handcrafted goods.

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Jewish urban farming has strong roots in Boulder, Colorado


Rabbi Gavriel Goldfeder of Boulder’s Aish Kodesh

“One of the things we can look for in the Torah is the Torah’s vision of our environment, food supply and agriculture, and a very deep and sacred relationship with the land,” said Rabbi Soloway.

By Susan Glairon
Intermountain Jewish News
13 Jan. 2011


The first year, approximately 70 families joined the CSA; that number has since doubled. Bates said that the organizers of Tu Ha’Aretz hope 200 families will join this year.

The term Tuv Ha’Aretz, which is found in Deuteronomy, means both the “good of the land” and “good for the land,” Rabbi Soloway said, meaning that the CSA provides goodness from the earth to eat and that it’s environmentally responsible.

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