st louis' first rooftop farm is here - the food roof farm!
It is essential to bring our farms into our cities, where people live. This urban farm connects city dwellers to an organic-based food system right in their neighborhood. The FOOD ROOF Farm provides healthy food to the community, enhances biodiversity in the city, and inspires people to grow their own food and contribute to a more resilient local food system. In addition, the agricultural green roof mitigates up to 17,000 gallons of stormwater per storm event, and reduces our irrigation use by an estimated 50%!
This project is just as much about growing a healthy community and ecosystem as it is about growing healthy food. the FOOD ROOF Farm is an all encompassing resource and demonstration platform for the community to learn about and practice urban agriculture. It’s clear that the rooftop farm has already made an impact, proving the possibilities of farming in the city.
More than just a farm, this rooftop features an outdoor community hub, as well as gathering space, for workshops and events. By actively engaging and educating city dwellers of where food comes from we give them a glimpse for how it could be done all over St. Louis– and beyond.
The FOOD ROOF is ultimately a platform to sustain an entire ecosystem which includes food crops, a pollination garden with native plants and flowers, chickens, and a honeybee apiary. Gardeners play a vital role in the development and conservation of habitat that benefits pollinators, including bees, birds and butterflies. We are creating a patchwork of garden spaces that provide food and shelter for pollinators to positively impact the health and survival of these important creatures.
Our vision of success: make the FOOD ROOF Farm a place for the community to really own, love, and see as a benefit to their neighborhood and city; influence and inspire people to start growing their own food, no matter where they live.
What we are trying to say is that if we can grow food on a rooftop in downtown St Louis, then food can be grown anywhere!
Benefits to Rooftop Farming
rooftop agriculture compounds the benefits of a green roof, adding employment, food security, and access to local produce.
- Increase access to healthy food
- Engage urban schools and families
- Inspire citizens to grown their own food
- Provide food to people in need
- Create a productive green space
- Reduce building energy costs
- Increase life span of the roof
- Create jobs
- Support the local economy
- Improve property value
- Enhance biodiversity
- Improve air quality
- Decrease urban heat island effect
- Mitigate stormwater runoff and flooding
- Reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions from transportation