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Rooftop Farming at Brooklyn Grange (PHOTOS)

Atop the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn Grange is taking rooftop agriculture to the next level.
Atop the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn Grange is taking rooftop agriculture to the next level.
All photos by Hannah Palmer Egan

A couple weeks ago, Brooklyn Grange managing partner Anastasia Cole-Plakias showed me around Brooklyn Grange's Navy Yard rooftop farm. Though it was the very height of the July heat wave, there was magic inherent to being on a rooftop, and that magic becomes transcendent when you're surrounded by neat rows of rich, dark soil producing bushels of food in the heart of New York City.

Check out my photos of the oasis here, and catch the full story of Brooklyn Grange in this week's Village Voice.

As dusk falls on a hot-hot Friday, a Brooklyn Grange farmer heads to the field for a snack.
As dusk falls on a hot-hot Friday, a Brooklyn Grange farmer heads to the field for a snack.
Rows of greens build to a fantastic Manhattan view...
Rows of greens build to a fantastic Manhattan view...
... And on the north side of the garden, sunflowers stand tall in the heat.
... And on the north side of the garden, sunflowers stand tall in the heat.
This basil has different flavors along the length of its leaves...
This basil has different flavors along the length of its leaves...
... But despite its good looks, this calico lettuce is past prime: gone to seed and unsaleable.
... But despite its good looks, this calico lettuce is past prime: gone to seed and unsaleable.
Here and there, compost heaps... And Cole-Plakias to the right.
Here and there, compost heaps... And Cole-Plakias to the right.
These Black Cherry tomatoes are not quite ripe here but may be ready now, sweet and steak-y, despite their small size.
These Black Cherry tomatoes are not quite ripe here but may be ready now, sweet and steak-y, despite their small size.
Eggplant babies catch a few final rays...
Eggplant babies catch a few final rays...
... And lemon cucumbers are bright yellow and zingier than your average cuke.
... And lemon cucumbers are bright yellow and zingier than your average cuke.

Hit the next page for more photos of the Brooklyn Grange bounty.

 

A view inside the vine, see all those little round cucumbers hanging in there?
A view inside the vine, see all those little round cucumbers hanging in there?
Meet kale: It may have become a Brooklyn cliche, but it's also irresistibly pretty and healthy to eat.
Meet kale: It may have become a Brooklyn cliche, but it's also irresistibly pretty and healthy to eat.
These ground cherry bushes are beginning to fruit but have a ways to go.
These ground cherry bushes are beginning to fruit but have a ways to go.
And baby chard is growing well in heat-cracked soil. That grainy mulch you see comprises coco hulls from Mast Brothers Chocolate. It smells amazing!
And baby chard is growing well in heat-cracked soil. That grainy mulch you see comprises coco hulls from Mast Brothers Chocolate. It smells amazing!
Chard stems let you taste the rainbow...
Chard stems let you taste the rainbow...
...And later, these Feherozon peppers will ripen to a streaky orange-red and their flavor will deepen and get really sweet.
...And later, these Feherozon peppers will ripen to a streaky orange-red and their flavor will deepen and get really sweet.
Squash here...
Squash here...
...Sunset there.
...Sunset there.
This year, Grange CSA members can opt in for cut flowers in their weekly produce baskets: here, zinnias!
This year, Grange CSA members can opt in for cut flowers in their weekly produce baskets: here, zinnias!
Last look: the garden seen through the stairwell as we exit to street level.
Last look: the garden seen through the stairwell as we exit to street level.

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