Five years ago, there were no rooftop farms in North America, says Steven Peck, president of the Toronto-based nonprofit Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. (Gardens, sure, but nothing producing food on a commercial scale.) Today, he estimates there are 20. Five years from now, there will be more than 100, he says, and numbers will continue to soar. “This is just the tip of the iceberg,” Peck says. “Rooftop farming is under consideration in every major city in America.”
What farm cooperatives can do for the food system — and farmers
25 years ago, Maddy and Tim Harland founded Permaculture magazine and Permanent Publlcations, a book publishing company dedicated to permaculture and helping people live more ecologically balanced, self-reliant lives.Geoff Lawton visits them at work and at home and finds a vibrant publishing enterprise sited at The Sustainability Centre, an educational charity that Maddy and Tim helped found.