Now, Brooklyn Grange has sold over 100,000 pounds of vegetables to local restaurants, CSA members, grocery stores, and weekly farmstands. They’ve even expanded beyond produce, keeping egg-laying hens and launching a commercial apiary, cultivating bees for honey.
Since its inception, the rooftop farm phenomenon has landed itself in publications like The New Yorker, ABC News, and The Los Angeles Times. More recently, in The New York Times, Ben described the benefits and challenges of urban farming, from a lack of pests to windy rooftop conditions.
Ben’s bringing his crop knowledge to the radio, with a reoccurring segment on Heritage Radio Network called “Rooftop Farming With Ben Flanner,” discussing topics like beekeeping and tomato harvest.
Brooklyn Grange has changed the way New York thinks about farming, and has utilized otherwise empty space to feed the city fresh and healthy food.