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A little while ago, we told you something was abloom 18 stories above the streets of Manhattan. That something included the likes of patty pan squash, green tomatoes, purple okra and chioggia beets - all grown on the rooftop of the Gramercy Park Hotel for the in-house restaurant, Maialino, to utilize on its menu a few floors down.
Now, it seems the roof-to-table trend is really taking root in the concrete jungle. Chef John Mooney's new 80-seat restaurant, Bell Book & Candle, is the latest in rooftop farming ventures. Roth grows the majority of the restaurant’s produce above terra firma with the help of hydroponics and vertical towers - no soil required.
"I believe in an urban setting, this is the wave of the future," said Mooney. For that - things really are looking up.
Damn, it feels good to be a gangster...a gangster of butt love. Love this article.
Anyone ever crap in their hand for fun?
I just read this again. Fabulous journalism.
I still love this article.
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We are not there yet as a urban dweller. There could also be greywater, fish ponds, A.C. watering methods, vertical trellises, south facing walls cover with edibles to cool the building in the summer. It is exciting for those with this wonderful concept. Lets see a kitchen facing a window wall with greens in the cabinets, compost worm bends next to a fish cabinet. It's about a loop.
I agree. This is a good piece, I just can't stop watching it. Anyone named Ray knows what they are talking about, although I really don't know what worm bends are. I don't know about the loop thing either. It's more about breaking our addiction to corn and Government subsidies. Cheap subsidized corn will keep us lost in the "maize" forever. Why don't we stop what we're all doing and become an agrarian society again? At least we wouldn't have time to read kooky post like the one above. I don't know about greywater, but I sure loves the fire water. What does Atlantic City (A.C.)have to do with this? Dude, all the vertical trllises and edibles covering walls wouldn't done squat this summer. Friggin' hot.
RayBordier, Brad Bradburd was right. You are an idiot. The EPCOT Gedoesic Dome was cutting edge in 1982. Now its about as relevant as your mom's beeper.
I've been doing tons of research on Hydroponics and Aeroponics, and comparing them to organic soil grown...You cannot get the nutritional value even close to the value of a properly balanced organic soil grown crop...Sure everything looks big and pretty and maybe even taste great, but the nutritional value does not compare...It is the perfect balance of Organics and Minerals that make up the best nutritional crop...
The geodesic dome at EPCOT Center in Orlando utilizes Hydroponics and Aeroponics. My friend Reggie Noble prefers Ebonics.
Wow! nice to see for once nobody has blamed Obama or Bush for this. I hope that more folks take up this idea. I currently have a small container garden and plan to continue. Sure would be nice if this becomes a cool trend so more will do it.
Growing your own food is an enlightening experience if you've never done it before. It gives you a new appreciation for what our ancestors went through just in order to survive. And Dennis2547 is right; food you grow yourself tastes so much better. The food that you buy at the market has generally been engineered to achieve a longer shelf life which in turn, effects the taste. Makes sense huh? That someone that would effect the ripening of a vegetable would effect it's taste.
My thoughts on this matter have always been, "if you have the will you will find a way". All of my gardens where when I first started out in my parents home, to my first apartment to my military digs on base, first house, all had kitchen gardens. Folks just need to understand that with a little effort they can grow so much of the vegetables they like to eat. It really isn't all that hard to do, really. Even a small balcony apartment or better yet a ground floor patio (as long as it is on the sunny side of a complex) can produce good results. Think about even a small tomato plant or cherry tomato plant. They taste so much better and will save to a lot of green.
A retired US Army veteran
It's refreshing to see someone actually do something rather than just mouth all kinds of good words about sustainability, buy locally, et al.
Is it true you can grow marijuana using hydroponics?
You can grow pretty much anything with hydro.
Root veggies are tricky though.
Darn, I do love me some turnips and beets.
Hey, aren't you Rip Van Winkle
My dogs even like tomatoes. What a great idea! I'm gonna get my tomoto on right away!
People arent for bitting; Tomatoes are for biitting.
Hey, Brad, lay off the kid. You got something against tomatoes?
I love tomatoes. This ia a great article.
You're an idiot, Ray
The same can be done for apartment living, too. I had a good size garden on my balcony this year growing veggies in containers. I had cherry tomatoes, green beans, green onions, radishes, baby spinach, baby swiss chard, arugala, and then my herbs – thyme, basil, and parsley. No sage this year.
I'm still getting tomatoes, and I'm in New Hampshire!
The hydroponic/aeroponic systems they used look really nice, is there a supplier, or can they be made DIY.
Thanks for an excellent article.
If you have some DIY skills you should be able to make your own hydroponic set up on your own. All you need is pvc, a bucket, and a pump of some sort with controlable flow. There are tons of plans online. I set up a tomato hydro setup for my father in law and the amount of tomatos it produces is amazing.
@ David thanks for the info.
If you want what this chef is using, the word to search is "aeroponics," not hydroponics. It's a bit different form a standard hydroponic set-up.
Imagine if people all over cities everywhere realized how much they can do, for so little, and be able to produce at least a little bit of their food.
Check these guys out. It's pretty extreme what they did, but you can get a feel for what you can do for yourself.
Even if it's just a few plants in pots on an apartment patio, growing your own food is fantastic.
I respect this Chef. I respect his creativity. It shows that gardening vegetables doesn't have to be a labor intensive boring exercise.
Creativity and innovation makes the task a whole lot easier. I'll recommend this video on my gardening website...
Wow, nice spam. Was that backlink dofollow?
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