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Rooftop Ready Seeds in Brooklyn, New York

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“I focus on selecting varieties that grow well in containers and can handle our crazy urban heat island weather.”

Founded by Zach Pickens

Launched in 2010, Rooftop Ready Seeds has launched a new website and online store, offering 25 varieties of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds for urban gardeners in New York City. Rooftop Ready Seeds is the first seed company to offer New York gardeners a line of locally-grown seed tailored to their unique urban climate and container planting conditions.

All Rooftop Ready Seeds are open-pollinated and grown using only organic methods in several rooftop locations in and around Brooklyn–including a special seed-saving partnership with Brooklyn Grange. Each variety of seed is collected from individual plants that have proven to thrive year after year in the urban garden environment, with some varieties representing sixth-generation seeds.

Rooftop Ready Seeds was founded by Zach Pickens, who has been gardening, farming, composting, and seed saving in New York City for five years. He currently works as the Farm Manager at Riverpark Farm, an urban farm connected to Riverpark Restaurant in Kips Bay, Manhattan.

See his website here.