There are a lot of them. Here are a few:
1. the 10 Roof Pilot project for 2010:
Response has been really great to our call for “farm hosts” for our 2010 pilot project. We have more than 10 potential hosts, with more enthusiastic e-mails coming in each day. Over the next couple weeks I hope to check out the volunteers’ roofs and see if we do in fact have all 10 slots filled. Thanks to Gina, Tammi and Josh, Josh and Hannah, Alisha and others who have recently stepped forward, and to PROOF’s own prototype planter co-designer, Andrew, who should have a roof of his own to offer by the end of the summer.
People have been offering money…! Sort of. At least, I’ve been talking with a variety of individuals and organizations about their desire to financially support the rooftop farm project. If you are part of, or know of, a foundation or any other entity that might get behind the idea of transforming Philadelphia’s 400,000 flat roofs into viable organic farmland, drop me a line. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
3. The University of the Arts Sky Farm
I met on Tuesday with Tony Guido and his class of industrial designers at the University of the Arts. They’re planning to build a farm on the 4,000 square foot concrete-reinforced roof of their main building at Broad and Pine (the Gershman Y building). We talked about working together on planter prototypes throughout the fall and winter. Ryan and Cory have also met with them over the last few weeks, so they’re definitely in on what PROOF is up to.
4. Community Design Collaborative
This week I talked with the project manager of the Community Design Collaborative, an organization that helps non-profits with design and other kind of planning for projects just like ours. She suggested PROOF apply to be part of their next round of supported projects. The application deadline is July 15. If they agree to work with us we’ll have their professional designers, architects and engineers collaborate with us over the winter to design amazing planter systems.
There’s other news, but I’d rather leave you wanting for more. In the meantime, check out this article from NYTimes.com about urban farming: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/17/dining/17roof.html?_r=1&hp.
Have a great day