Now, green roofed building occupants are finding another benefit - fresh, local produce.
Its a growing trend for buildings with green roofs to plant and harvest vegetables and herbs for use in the tenant spaces below. As New York Times reporter Marian Burros explained in “Urban Farming, a Bit Closer to the Sun”, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, said that the organization held an event on urban agriculture in Atlanta and that is was standing room only, due to popular interest. Steve Peck, the organization’s president, said in a recent Grist article that he estimates there were no rooftop farms 5 years ago, but now there are about 20. Rooftop gardens are more common, but commercial-scale farms are a growing trend.