When you think about food at a bowling alley, you might think of pizza and fries, not freshly grown lettuce and herbs. But according to Wired.com, a group called Gotham Greens has transformed the roof of an abandoned bowling alley in Brooklyn into a thriving, 15,000 square-foot greenhouse. Using a computer controlled network of sensors, motors, and plumbing, the facility is on track to produce 100 tons of produce grown in soil-less conditions, and is the first commercial-scale urban operation of its kind. Zoning for the greenhouses can be tricky, but with Gotham Greens already eying some of the city’s more than 900 million square feet of rooftop space to expand operations, this is one Brooklyn project that might not be told to fuggedaboutit!
July 19, 2013 by David Rothbard,
David Rothbard is co-founder and President of CFACT.