Brooklyn Grange’s Massive Naval Yard Rooftop Farm: Now With Bees

08.16.12 David Lumb

The Brooklyn Grange project started in 2010 with a 40,000 square foot farm in Queens. Their second roof, perched on a 65,000 square foot roof in the Brooklyn Navy Yards, has about 45,000 square feet of cultivated space, which the project suspects may be the largest in the world. Creatives from {group theory} started documenting the whole thing, which we have given our love and blessing, but then they went and gave us these sweet videos on their apiary (beekeeping) and chicken coop.

This isn’t just a noble experiment in providing more local foodstuff to nearby chowhouses–Brooklyn Grange claims to have broken even their first year and showed 40% growth in their second year and provided 40,000 pounds of veggies to restaurants, CSA members, and the public via farmstands. But watch out, Brooklyn Grange! the New York Economic Development Corporation may want to take that Largest Rooftop Farm title from you with a 200,000 square foot roof in The Bronx.