Rooftop Farms and Adapted Seeds for Urban Agriculture
We have been involved in building a series of rooftop farms in the East Bay. And now we are launching a crowdfunding campaign with Barnraiser and are asking you to join us in our efforts to build an urban seed farm and facility that will produce climate-adapted seeds and train a new crew of urban farmers.Our food system has become more and more industrialized and commercialized.and our planet has undergone major climate changes. Today we need more local organic food and less fossil fuels in it. We are building just that we need a little extra help to get it growing! Top Leaf Farms is growing food where people live and our urban adapted seed project will help supply seeds to a new generation of urban farmers. We plan to create a robust catalogue of seeds adapted to the urban environment in order to generate delicious and wholesome food. Our project is designed to create a model of hyper-local food security through the growing, selecting, processing and local distribution of organic heirloom foods and open-pollinated seeds as well as the training of a new kind of farmer--one trained specifically in producing the volume and quality of organic food required in the city.
It was March of 2013 that I was contacted by Josiah Cain of Sherwood engineers and Design Ecology to consult on a rooftop farming project to be built in Berkeley Ca, just a few blocks from the UC campus. The 72 unit building was in schematic design and the client was excited at the possibility to grow food on the 16 roofs of the residential building. My role was to assess the viability of the farm operation and recommend the type of supportive systems. After a lengthy review from from the city of Berkeley the Client received the go ahead from the city of Berkeley to develop the design for permit submittal in November of 2013.