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Urban Agriculture: Green Roof and Rooftop Greenhouse
The rooftop of a building can be the perfect place to grow food! Terra uses both a “green roof” (a roof you can plant a garden on) and a rooftop greenhouse, which protects plants from weather and keeps them growing all year round. By 2050, two-thirds of the people in the world will live in cities, and green roofs and rooftop greenhouses are two creative ways to grow food in cities and help feed growing populations.
Walk outside to visit Terra’s green roof and rooftop greenhouse!
Image caption: Terra’s green roof is designed for different types of food production. The lettuce, tomatoes, and peppers you see in this picture are growing under a special semi-transparent solar panel array. This is called “agrivoltaics” because it produces both food and energy. Photo courtesy of Thomas Hickey.
Image caption: Some greenhouses use vertical aeroponic systems where roots are exposed to the air (not planted in soil) and sprayed with water and nutrients. Discover how plants grow in Terra’s rooftop greenhouse! Photo courtesy of Altius Farms.
Image caption: An indoor vertical farm can grow food – like the greens you see here – using multi-layered hydroponic growing systems. Visit Terra’s rooftop greenhouse to learn more about hydroponics! Photo courtesy of Infinite Harvest and CSU.
Image caption: Small urban farms on rooftops can produce fresh food for the local community. Terra’s green roof provides both food and space for urban agriculture research. Photo courtesy of Agriburbia/Lakehouse.