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Wanted! Farmers to farm a rooftop in Los Angeles

309 E. 8th Street, Los Angeles.

An organic green restaurant that utilizes the roof to grow its own vegatables

By Paul Aryeh
309 E. 8th Street
Los Angeles California 90014

Who we are:
We are the owners of a mid-rise building in the heart of the Fashion District of downtown LA. The area is slowly transforming into a very “Green” conscious location. Our building has about 10,000 sq ft of roof top space perfect for an organic farm, and there will be about 1900 sq ft of retail space on the ground floor available soon for a restaurant. This space is terrific for a restaurant, and has the necessary infrastructure to support a kitchen. Our desire is to find the perfect operator that can grow their own vegetables and use the ground floor to prepare, cook and serve all organic products.

Really the restaurant should be the leader to the surrounding communities of the power and possibility of providing sustainability in an urban environment. If we can demonstrate this concept, it is my feeling that we can create a breakthrough to a whole new way of growing and feeding people.

The Residential Area:
There are over 425 condominiums/apartments next door to us, and there is definitely a need to put a restaurant/farm like this in our area. All the residence and businesses around us are very trendy, young and open minded. Within a 7-10 block area, the demographics of condominiums and apartments that are there is extraordinarily high and is growing at a rapid rate.

The heart of the Fashion District:
Within a 2 block radius, there is a high density Fashion District and their showrooms located in the California Mart, New Mart, Cooper Building, Liberty Building and Geary Building all within a 1-2 blocks of our location. Gallery row located between Main & Spring street from 2nd to 9th street, is within 1-2 blocks. The Flower Mart which wholesales to the industry and retail foot traffic is 1/2 block away. Retail foot traffic of Maple Street is also 1 block distance. and ample parking for customers is located on 3 major lots next to our building.

The Retail Food Area:
The area is growing with plenty of Starbucks, Macdonalds, smaller restaurants, and fast food joints, and chain grocery stores, but no self sustained-organically grown farms and restaurants. I feel they will come soon……..very soon. There in lies the business and community supported opportunity I am looking for. Since all it needs is a lot of experience, hard work and I think this concept will grow very quickly.

Thank you for the opportunity to share my vision, and helping to create a significant change to the overall wellbeing of our community.

Contact Paul here:


1 Kristen { 01.09.12 at 6:11 pm }

Oh, man…I wish we lived in the vicinity. What a great opportunity!

2 Russell Wightman { 01.10.12 at 7:56 am }

I am totally interested in the farming side of the project. I like any opportunity to weave farming into the urban environment. I would love to work with a restaurant.

3 Gretchen Hatz { 01.10.12 at 12:23 pm }

wonderful! i have dreamed about someday doing the same thing on top of my building (little tokyo lofts) with the hopes that my neighbors and i could supplement our kitchens with the very least our own herbs, vegetables and fruits. i love the idea of a restaurant using it’s own produce cultivated right upstairs to make truly ‘local’ food. i wish i had the money to invest in such a venture.

4 jim { 01.10.12 at 1:21 pm }

Great idea, but will it work???
We’re a green roof and living wall design, installation and maintenance contractor witha couple of dozen projects completed in the past three years.
We’ve come to the point to realize that a retrofit for a green roof, and in particular an edible green roof in southern California is problematic. It’s one of the reasons we have installed a half a dozen edible walls.
how old and of what type is the waterproofing? Not all waterproofing systems work with a green roof.
How much additional weight can the roof hold? You will need an engineer to accurately determine the weight load and be able to stamp your plans for the permit process. I’m guessing that an additional 50 pounds of dead load will be the minimum required.
What is the access? edible gardens are labor intensive and will require a legal way to get on and off the roof.
How about safety? is there a 42″ high railing around the parapet?
do your homework – this great idea may unfortunately die as the result of too many impediments.
feel free to contact me if you have any questions – Jim

5 jessica balloit { 01.12.12 at 3:00 am }


Are u looking for some one to start the roof top gardens and do all the landscaping? or are u selling it as a package for a resturant and own roof top growing space?

6 Solar Savant { 01.19.12 at 10:30 pm }

It would be great to incorperate green products such as solar and wind
in the loft area of downtown L.a.

7 laida { 01.30.12 at 10:27 pm }

I am a landscape architecture student with a lot of urban agriculture experience. I would love to help.

8 Fran { 02.06.12 at 6:43 pm }

I am just a country girl who loves to garden and this sounds like an excellent idea. NYC has grown more with their rooftop gardens. I would love an offer.