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Rooftop Farm Goes to the Fishes


Buildings owners and managers often look for creative ways to use rooftops. How about a commercial-scale aquaponic rooftop farm? Takepart explains: This farm doesn't only grow local herbs and vegetables, but also fresh fish. Last month, three men—Ryan Morningstar, Miles Crettien and Peter Spartos, who've formed VeriCulture Farms—launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $10k and make their idea a reality; Takepart reports that the new farm (where tilapia provides nutrients to feed the plants and the plants filter the fishes' water) will be set atop a converted industrial building in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Fringe benefits: reducing heating and cooling costs, soaking up rainwater, and providing a source of fresh produce for underserved Brooklyn neighborhoods.