On Wednesday, June 25, visit the nation’s leading rooftop farm and one of the world’s first urban botanic gardens when the Arboretum offers a bus trip to Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm and Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Towering twelve stories over the East River at the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm includes two rooftop vegetable farms totaling 2.5 acres and producing more than 50,000
pounds of organically grown vegetables each year. Tour the farm with president, cofounder and head farmer Ben Flanner, and learn how this enormous rooftop was transformed into a sustainable model for urban agriculture.
From the Grange, travel to Brooklyn Botanic Garden for a guided tour of the Native Flora Garden expansion—a newly planted area that features a cultivated pine barrens and a meadow modeled after Long Island’s Hempstead Plains. The new habitats include native species, many of them rare or threatened, and most propagated from seeds collected legally in the wild.