a farm with a view a year at Brooklyn's eagle street rooftop farm

Founded in 2009, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm is a 6,000-square-foot green roof and organic vegetable farm atop a warehouse in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. During New York City’s growing season, manager Annie Novak and the volunteers at Eagle Street Rooftop Farm operate a CSA and an onsite produce market, as well as supply fresh herbs and veggies to local restaurants.

This project documents the 2010 and 2011 growing seasons at Eagle Street Rooftop Farm. Images from this project appear in the book "Carrot City," as well as Architectural Digest’s shopAD blog.

The new year dawns cold but dry. While the growing beds lie fallow, farm manager Annie Novak stays busy. There are seed stocks to replenish, events to plan, and of course, farm work to be done. Volunteers must pull cover crops and restore the growing beds before planting can begin in late March into April.
As the weather warms into May, a flock of hens joins the farm, providing eggs and entertainment for visitors. An apiary on the adjacent roof provides honey. The planting season that began in the spring with crops like lettuce continues into July as the last of the early crops, like sugar snap peas, yield their final bounty.
By July, the farm is in its full glory, with carrots, peppers, eggplant, radishes, tomatoes and chard at their peak.The produce doesn't go far; some is sold to restaurants in the neighborhood, some at a weekly Sunday market when the farm is open to visitors. And of course, there are cooking demos, talks, and other food-related fun!
By mid-October, only a few hardy plants like kale are still producing. Crops are left to lie fallow over the winter, the chickens are sent upstate to warmer quarters, and activity at the farm slowly winds down. By the time December rolls around, the farm is quiet; another growing season has come to an end.

Owned by Broadway Stages and designed by Goode Green, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm is made possible with the generous support of Gina Argento and family, in partnership with food-education organization Growing Chefs. Special thanks to Annie Novak for inviting me to chronicle the farm and to everyone who let me photograph them.

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