Where do I even start. I was so excited to post this that I am at a loss for words. I literally woke up at 6 am and all I could think about was this post. This topic makes me excited, makes passion and inspiration pump through my body. Every time I step on to this rooftop it's an emotional experience. It's tough to explain and some might think I am crazy. Maybe I am getting older, maybe I am very sensitive to my environments. But I feel things, I feel them deep, I feel them on a level that isn't really explanatory. Its my senses. Maybe its the length of time I have spent in the city. When I see the ocean, when I feel nature, I tear up. I cant stress enough how important and magnificent it is. It is commonly overlooked. Its a place of growth, a place of love and pure magic. Mother nature is so much more complex and amazing then us measly humans whom destroy it. Being a photographer and someone who loves to cook these are the things that inspire me. How could you not feel passionately about the whole process from start to finish. The growth, the preparation and the consuming, the way it makes us feel. Well its just magic.
This farm is literally 5 blocks from my home in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. A fully functioning, self sustainable farm on a warehouse rooftop overlooking the Manhattan Skyline. Pretty damn incredible. On Sunday, it was an overcast chilly day here in New York. I decided it was time to go back for a visit. They were having a plant/herb sale and I wanted to by some new herbs to grow. Upon walking on to the roof it was magical. The light soft, the sky grey, the city covered in thick rainy clouds. People can volunteer on Sundays and they were busy at work pulling and sorting greens. They often have classes and discussions. Last year I went to a cooking demo with The Van Leeuwens. They made a fish curry that they had learned while in Bali.
The energy of the farm is calm, people snap out of their city stresses, people think its fabulous just as I do. We talk about ways to cook things, eat right out of the ground. Rooftop farming and Urban Agriculture are becoming more and more popular. Young and passionate farmers are creating a whole new era of farming. I could not be anymore exited about it! If you had asked me when I was younger whether or not I would ever want to be a farmer I would of laughed at you. Now there are few things that I feel so passionately about and couldn't be anymore excited to learn about. Brooklyn Grange is another incredible rooftop farm in the same area.
Farm to Table
They have a small market setup at the farm on Sunday. I picked up some spinach, baby kale and arugula. A handful of herbs; oregano, lavender and chive blossoms. And a bunch of French Breakfast radishes. All the veggies were grown within 5 blocks of my house, talk about eating local! I made a delicious super fresh salad. Oh yeah dont eat the Bunnies please, I met them when they were born at the farm and now they are adults. They are too precious to eat and the chickens on the farm aren't killed either.
Learn more about the farm, visit or volunteer.
Rooftop Green Salad with a Chive Blossoms & Herbs
1 handful of arugula
1 handful of baby kale
1 handful of spinach
red wine vinegar
sea salt & pepper
Wash greens and veggies well. Combine all ingredients and toss with olive oil and vinegar. Season, taste and adjust as needed. Shaved parmesan on top. Straight forward, fresh, delicious.