Last Tuesday evening a group of well heeled New Yorkers sat down to eat an eight course gourmet meal in a stunning 35th floor penthouse apartment overlooking the water at Battery Park.
Nothing unusual in that you may think. Their host was an International lawyer and a committed environmentalist. The location, a particularly green (if towers can ever be green) block with a platinum LEED status called the Visionaire.
The twist in this story is that the produce for the meal came largely from crops harvested from the 35th floor roof garden.
This is rooftopvegplotting brought to new heights. The garden was designed and installed by professionals and our lawyer employs a full time staff to tend the crops. This probably made the meal one of the most extravagant Harvest Festivals of all times.
Buy before you dismiss this as rich boy dreamland, consider the fact that all the learning from the experiment is placed on the internet. If you want to know how ruby chard will fare on your more modest rooftop garden, then look no further. If you want to know how to encourage pollinators up the these heights, there's a blog page on the subject.
Us more modest urban gardeners can only look on a drool.