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Brooklyn Navy Yard to get 45,000-sf rooftop farm

March 13, 2012 12:00PM

Long Island City-based Brooklyn Grange will expand its Queens rooftop garden operation to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the New York Post reported, but with no specified date for when the move will occur.

The farm will occupy a 45,000-square-foot rooftop plot on a building close to Flushing Avenue and Cumberland Street, which will be fully covered in soil to grow fruits and vegetables. A greenhouse will also sit atop the roof space. Below, the farm will host regular farmer’s markets to sell fresh ingredients to local residents and businesses.

“We were looking to be creative, and we found a perfect use for this underutilized roof,” Andrew Kimball, head of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, told the Post.

The city’s Department of Environmental Protection funded the project with a $592,730 grant. The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and Brooklyn Grange each gave $310,000, according to the Post. [Post]