The Roof That Grows

In Chicago, when the chefs at Frontera Grill on N. Clark Street want to make some fresh salsa, they don’t have to wait on the delivery truck. Instead, all they need to do is go to the roof. There is steadily growing trend, mainly in Chicago right now, that is giving more and more restaurants rooftop gardening options. Depending on the way your roof is built, many restaurant and cafe owners are investing in food producing roofs with raised gardens. It’s usually just enough to grow some of the basics, tomatoes, peppers, basil, cilantro, etc., but it sure helps.

According to the Washington, D.C.-based National Restaurant Association’s “What’s Hot in 2011” survey of more than 1,500 chefs, 79 percent of chefs rated hyperlocal food production (such as restaurant gardens or do-your-own butchering) a “hot trend” for this year, making it one of the top 10 trends for 2011.”

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GOOD: Zoning for Urban Produce

GOOD Magazine just posted a very interesting article regarding a proposed zoning act that would make way for designated urban gardening space in San Francisco, under the order of Mayor Gavin Newsom. Mr. Newsom has remained in favor for urban farming and continually encouraging the City and County of San Francisco to increase its healthy and sustainable food supply in an executive directive last year, in which he stated that, “access to safe, nutritious and culturally acceptable food is a basic human right and is essential to both human health and ecological sustainability.”

To read more about proposed zoning change, head over to the San Francisco Urban Agriculture Alliance.