Open City Dialogue (OCD) is a bi-monthly lecture series at Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Monday, Oct 5: Pie in the Sky: All About Greenpoint’s Own Rooftop Farms
with Annie Novak.
New York City is a Farmer’s Paradise! Just as Annie Novak, one of the masterminds behind Greenpoint’s Rooftop Farms, a 6,000 square foot organic farm picture-esquely plopped on top of a warehouse overlooking Midtown Manhattan. Her operation–founded in partnership with Ben Flanner, a neophyte to farming, and Goode Green, a green-roofing specialist–currently produces produce for a host of Brooklyn gourmandizers, including Anella and Marlow and Sons. They even run a farm stand featuring fresh picked produce every Sunday! Come hear how this urban Agronomist tells us the unlikely story of how she did it–and learn how you can too!
Annie Novak is the founder of field-to-fork education program Growing Chefs. Growing Chefs has partnered with Slow Foods, Edible Estates, Health Corps and schools across New York in farming, nutrition, and edible landscaping. A lifelong vegetarian, Annie began farming as an undergraduate while doing her thesis work on Fair Trade chocolate. She’s followed blueberries and cows through New Zealand, sheep and hops through Argentina, quinoa and llamas through Peru, cassava and fish through Fiji and the Cook Islands, and cacao through Costa Rica and Ghana. She is the Children’s Gardening Coordinator at The New York Botanical Garden and active with the New York City Greenmarket.