Big City Greens
Gotham Greens, champions of urban agriculture, convert vacant NYC rooftops intohigh-tech farming facilities, to produce fresh greens year-round.
Our favorite farm stands may not be up and running yet, but eating farm-fresh greens year-round is getting a whole lot easier, thanks to the innovative urban-farming practices of Gotham Greens. The company’s sprawling rooftop greenhouses in Brooklyn and Queens grow more than a dozen varieties of leafy greens and herbs, all of which are packaged and ready for delivery to grocers in New York City and the tri-state area within hours of harvest.
The majority of farmed produce travels more than 100 miles before hitting the dinner plate, a statistic that Gotham Greens hopes to change. “It is our vision to grow fresher, better-tasting produce right here in New York,” says Nicole Baum, marketing and partnership manager. “We’ve converted unused rooftops into productive spaces that create local jobs and supply high-quality food to local businesses.” The company’s pesticide-free produce is grown using ecologically sustainable methods in their technologically sophisticated, 100 percent clean-energy powered, climate-controlled, urban-rooftop greenhouses.
Gotham Greens’ message is clear: Think sustainable, buy local and eat quality. Clever product labeling underscores the company’s commitment to urban farming, such as the Blooming Brooklyn Iceberg. The Windy City Crunch, an iceberg-romaine blend, hails from the company’s newest 75,000 square-foot rooftop greenhouse in Chicago. “Our basil is very popular,” adds Baum. “We call it our green gold.”