Rooftop garden work plan
From Green Garage Detroit
return to Rooftop garden
Zoning and codes
- Does zoning allow this activity?
- What health codes might apply?
- Is Earth Central's tax ID sufficient for doing this kind of business?
- How could we work with the city and other entities to ensure success?
- Certified Organic?
- Three month rotations
- Start with Winter 2012-2013
- Featured items
- Cost, price, quantity needed
- Menu description and story
- Water harvest, storage, and use
- Media and containers
- Covering(s)/season extension measures/shade/ventilation
- Integrated pest management/crop health
- Production schedules
- Energy needed (labor, power)
- Could it ever be more than just plants? Bees? Chickens? Fish? Worms? Black Soldier Fly larvae?
Pilot one smaller area for first season before deploying larger scale operations
- Value of supporting local good food movement
- True costs of food (nutritional, energy, environmental, social, political)
- Costs to produce food vs. dollar value of crops
- Must be profitable for all three: MCBW, Green Garage, Earth Central
- Life cycle of all materials and systems
- Demonstrates next generation of "farm-to-plate" relationship. Special recipes.
- Conduct demonstration tours..showing sustainable urban agriculture
- Allow sitting area for Green Garage ... Businesses in Residence...and ways they can participate
- Next generation partnering with MCBW...symbiotic interdependence...compost cycle...spent grain?
- Next generation works on the farm...students
- MCBW customers learn about foods and how their food is grown
- GG visitors, volunteers and regulars see what it takes to grow sustainably
- Hands on learning for those who learn best by doing
- Connection to natural seasons and cycles
- Students learn how to work with nature and with communities