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Urban Farming in Bethesda Provides New Meaning For Locally Grown

17,000 square feet of agriculture on the top of Pike & Rose residential buildings. Photo contributed

When you can turn an otherwise unutilized space it into something that produces food for the community, something for residents to use, that’s exciting.”

By Ashley Claire Simpson
The Almanac
May 9, 2018

Excerpt:

Pike & Rose’s farm will thrive on urban farming roof space to date, benefitting the hundreds of residents and employees who work at businesses at Pike & Rose as well as the North Bethesda community.

“Green roofs are often installed to facilitate high performance energy, and rooftop gardens take it to a whole new level,” Brown said. “They produce crops, but they are also good for stormwater management. When you can turn an otherwise unutilized space it into something that produces food for the community, something for residents to use, that’s exciting.”

Federal Realty has already experienced success with Up Top Acres.

“A few years ago, we were introduced to the founders of Up Top Acres, and they were looking for an opportunity to convert an existing green roof into a garden,” Brown said. “Since Bethesda Row had a green roof, we partnered with them for them to build a 7,000-square-foot garden. Now it’s been a solid partnership of three years. Both Federal Realty and Up Top Acres are always looking to expand and recreate. The opportunity to do a larger scale farm, make it an interactive part of the community and offer community supported agriculture is something we are looking forward to.”

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