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On Top Of Hong Kong’s High Rises, Rooftop Gardens Take Root

Client Gina Ma (left) stands with Rooftop Republic’s Andrew Tsui (center) and Pol Fàbrega (left) amid the rooftop garden of a French restaurant in central Hong Kong. Rob Schmitz/NPR

Rooftop Republic has helped fill more than 26,000 square feet of rooftop on 22 rooftop farms. The biggest one is on the roof of Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific, where 40 employees manage container vegetable plots on a daily basis.

By Rob Schmitz
June 24, 2017


Fàbrega is not a developer. In a city full of bankers, he’s a gardener. He helps run a gardening cooperative called Rooftop Republic that aims to make the best use out of Hong Kong’s thousands of roofs.

“In Hong Kong, currently there’re around 700 hectares of farmland that are being farmed,” explains Fàbrega, “So the amount of rooftop space is almost the same as the amount we’re using today to farm – like, actual farmland.”

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How Does an Urban Farmer Work?

Greg Willerer grows a fascinating array of edible greens on little more than an acre of Detroit land.

By Jacob Brogan
June 25, 2017


Sometimes, Willerer sells his produce directly to customers at the Eastern Market, where our first guest of the season also got her start. But one of the advantages of urban farming in Detroit is that “you have a really nice array of restaurants and markets and a close distance between the restaurant and the farm.” Willerer’s farm also speaks to a complex give and take between local businesses: Just as he provides vegetables to local establishments, some of their food scraps and coffee grounds end up in his compost heap, helping to fertilize the next season’s crops.

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