Going well with this 1,200-acre rooftop farming program I discussed about a week ago, the Occupy Wall Street rooftop farm introduced below looks like it will be quite the inspiration. Help the organizers out with a donation if you can!
By Winnie and Sarah of OWS Sustainability Working Group. Winnie is also the founder and editor of Seismologik.com.
Organizers of Occupy Wall Street Sustainability Working group in concert with Eco Station NY are creating a 16,000-sq-foot rooftop farm in Bushwick Brooklyn, and we need your help.
Bushwick, Brooklyn, is home to a population of 130,000 people, many of whom reside in neighborhoods that have been designated as food deserts.
We assert that access to natural, nutrient dense, real food is a basic human right.
This spring, as an affinity project of the OWS Sustainability movement group, members will collaborate to build, design and farm a 16,000 sq foot organic Roof Farm, utilizing smart and sustainable, Permaculture Design techniques to grow food which will be supplied to area restaurants, local schools, farmers markets, and CSA’s.
There will also be a ‘by donation’ farm to communal dining pantry, planned as a companion project.
In addition to serving the community by providing freshly grown GM free food, we will also be re-skilling individuals who will participate in our volunteer work/learn days.
We have achievable goals ahead of us: to educate under served communities on gardening, farming, nutrition, and the various ways to reclaim control of our food system is just a few of the ideas bubbling to the fore.
Our hopes of creating the change we wish to see in this world will require support from crowdfunders.
The “Farm In The Sky” will be made open source as a replicable and scalable model for anyone who wishes to grow their own.
We urge all of you to consider making a modest gift to our phase 1, spring campaign:
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
OWS Sustainability Farm In The Sky
Filmed in Liberty Park, Oct. 2011.
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