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A 30,000-Square-Foot Community Garden, on a Seattle Parking Garage

Photo by Nicole Kistler.

The first community-managed food production garden on a rooftop in the country

By Sarah Deweerdt
The Atlantic Cities
May 29, 2012

Excerpt:

When the organizers of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair imagined the future, they probably didn’t envision, among the jet packs and routine space travel, tomatoes growing on the roof of a parking garage.

But 50 years later, that’s exactly what’s about to happen a few blocks from the Space Needle, where residents are building a 30,000-square-foot community garden atop a two-story structure once intended for fair visitors’ cars.

“As far as we can tell it’s the first community-managed food production garden on a rooftop” in the country, says Eric Higbee, a landscape architect working on the project. This project, dubbed the UpGarden, will have space for about 120 gardeners. There are a few rooftop farms, such as Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Brooklyn. But a commercial operation like that runs around $10 per square foot to construct, while the UpGarden has shoestring budget of $4 per square foot—and it’s designed to be built and maintained almost entirely by volunteers.

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1 comment

1 Ned Hamson { 05.31.12 at 5:41 am }

Good on you all – hope we can get something like this done in Greater Cincinnati!