This is a repost of a blog entry I made for ECO City Farm on July 5, 2011:
On May 20th, Bread for the City opened their first roof garden, called Grow for the City, at 1525 7th Street NW location in Washington, DC. A second roof garden will be built at the Bread for the City SW location. According to the organization’s website, the garden serves two purposes:
These gardens will grow lots of fresh, healthy food for use in our pantries and cooking workshops – and, more importantly, they will be spaces that foster reflection, learning, and dialog about health and food justice across lines of class, race, and age.
This is the largest agricultural roof garden in the city. The garden will produce nearly 1,000 plants in 30 raised beds — everything from basil, sage and thyme to tomatoes, okra, corn, collard greens, broccoli, cauliﬂower and chard. Oh, and let me mention, there are blueberries, raspberries and strawberries, too. They have even added several colorful ﬂowers to attract the bees for pollinating. And yes, the bees have their hives on the same rooftop just on the other side of the skylight.