Sky Vegetables’ 8000 sq. ft. hydroponic roof farm opens in New York
“Local, fresh, nutritious food is what the people of the cities need. And there is no reason why we can’t turn all of these rooftops into living farms.”
Buildings That Grow Food
Feb 21, 2012
A new Bronx building will soon have residents going green in more ways than one. Known as “Arbor House”, the nearly $38 million project built on land purchased from the New York City Housing Authority’s Forest Houses property in Morrisania boasts a hydroponic rooftop farm for growing fresh vegetables. The eight-story building located at 770 East 166th Street features 124 units of affordable housing and a variety of green perks like a living green wall in the lobby and “stair music”, in the hopes that people will take the stairs and get some exercise.
But perhaps best of all, residents and the surrounding community will get to enjoy fresh food grown in their very own building.
Sky Vegetables is the company behind the newly constructed 8,000 sqf rooftop greenhouse. Built on top of a new affordable housing development, this project could be the first example of commercial hydroponic agriculture integrated into a residential structure. This will be Sky Vegetables’ first rooftop hydroponic greenhouse in NYC as they expand from their home state of Massachusetts where they already have several others up and running. Their team includes Joe Swartz, who has been featured as a BIA leader on this blog because of his 46,000+ hours of hydroponic greenhouse experience, and Laurie Shoeman, who has worked with every BIA company in NYC.