The proprietor of Battery Roof-top Garden, Fred Rich, is an author (see his author web site), teacher, and environmentalist (he formerly spent over three decades as partner of an international law firm based in nearby lower Manhattan). Rich developed a significant ecologically-sensitive landscape garden in the Hudson Highlands, which is purely ornamental and does not feature edibles. In 2009 he acquired a state-of-the-art green roof at one of New York’s first LEED “Platinum” condo buildings (The Visionaire) and was inspired to undertake a project to demonstrate the variety of food that could be grown in the heart of the City.
Fred is active in a variety of New York and national environmental and land conservation groups, and is an advocate for farmland preservation, urban agriculture, and Green sustainable cities. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.