Urban Farming: Home on the Grange

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Aug. 4 -- Anastasia Cole Plakias, co-founder of Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, discusses the business of building a rooftop farm with Pimm Fox on "Taking Stock." (Source: Bloomberg)

Operations in brooklyn, queens, and new york korean thank you for being here.

We have to start off by saying you come from a farming family?

I come from a new york background city born and raised in the west village.

I grew some lima beans once upon a time.

How do you go from lima beans on the windowsill to these rooftop marshall scale farms?

By having a strong and diverse team.

There are a couple of us who started this project for you and my partner had started a new project in 2009. between the three of us, we really saw an opportunity to take what was at this point a hobby and create a model that could be scalable, that could be replicated on rooftops all over the world.

Let's do this thing in terms of the size of these farms, these rooftop farms.

How big are they?

We are talking a 40,000 square-foot phase and a 65,000 square-foot face.

Primarily solid greens.

We are able to turn out a consistent volume.

We are able to meet standing orders for wholesale accounts as well as 75 tsa members and our farm stands.

We know exactly how we square feet of greens we will plant each week to hit those numbers.

We are able to offer that consistently.

Any farmer loves to play around.

Their cycling new products.

Uighur everything you can imagine from tomatoes to peppers to earns.

Of course you know about the movement in which you go into a restaurant and you can probably get the name of the farm on which the produce is grown.

Define that as a big selling item?

This was grown on a rooftop in a major city.

I think people more and more want people to connect to the food production system.

We are living in an increasingly urban world in a world that is increasingly alienated from where their food comes from.

I think any opportunity people can take to connect with the source of their food, to remember that it had a process.

There is a process of bringing it from the farm to their place.

That is an important way for people to feel some sort of agency in the process of nourishing our planet.

How do you get started on something like this?

It must cost money.

It was an interesting fundraising process.

We are funded through accommodation of interest loans, equity investments, and good old-fashioned grassroots fundraising.

We raised a good chunk of our funds on kickstart her and then we were a bit reserved on where the rest came from.

He said you have 2.5 acres.

Want to grow it?

We are in talk all the time.

We're also really focused on reaching as many people as we can.

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