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Hot, Hot, Hot — Part II

The interview with Suzanne Roberts on Headline News (see previous post) was part of her show, “Seeking Solutions with Suzanne,” which aims to give practical advice to retired Americans. Her visit was followed a couple of days later by the … Continue reading

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Hot, Hot, Hot

No, I’m not talking about the genus Capsicum, whose many species of peppers thrive on a green roof. I’m talking about green roofs themselves.  For years, we rooftop farmers have attracted the attention of periodicals like Urban Farm and Living Architecture, … Continue reading

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All right, Mr. De Mille, I’m ready for my close-up

Norma Desmond may have been over the hill, but here in early July some of the stars of Battery Rooftop Garden are in their prime. Nature at landscape scale, such as the views of New York Harbor from the roof, … Continue reading

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Hollywood Comes to the Roof

Well, not exactly Hollywood, but the sort of ultra-low-budget film project that will eventually displace a chunk of big-budget entertainment, as surely as green roofs and urban farms will replace part of our reliance on industrial agriculture. Award winning indie … Continue reading

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Breaking Records

Just before the ground re-froze,  we harvested some sweet winter carrots and were rather amazed when this giant emerged from the relatively shallow soils of its rooftop bed: I’ve always been drawn much more to the qualitative than the quantitative, … Continue reading

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The Perfect Rooftop Fruit

Plants, like people, tend to get around.  A plant on my roof got its start in China about 2000 years ago, and by the 8th century AD found its way into Japan.   When it arrived in Nepal and the … Continue reading

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We are family

Pop quiz: what do beets, spinach, quinoa and Swiss chard have in common? No, they are not all grown at Battery Rooftop Garden (no quinoa, yet).   Yes, they are all delicious, nutritious and ancient foods, but that’s not it either. … Continue reading

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