Rooftop garden work plan

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Work Plan


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?

Menu Planning

Specialty menus

  • Three month rotations
  • Start with Winter 2012-2013
  • Featured items
  • Cost, price, quantity needed
  • Menu description and story

Growing Environment

Structural impact

  • Water harvest, storage, and use
  • Media and containers
  • Covering(s)/season extension measures/shade/ventilation

Crop management

  • Fertility
  • 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