Last week in SF, a friend introduced me to an organization called My Farm SF. Perhaps it is just my corn-fed inner Midwesterner revealing herself, but I am amazed and obsessed with this project.
My Farm calls itself a "decentralized urban farm" and is described in the SF Chronicle as "a network of backyard organic vegetable gardens that will free urbanites from their reliance on food trucked in from the country. Clients who live in the sunny Mission District will grow tomatoes for denizens of the foggy Richmond, where broccoli and other cool-weather vegetables will thrive in customers' backyards. And bicycles, rather than gas-guzzling trucks, will be the main method of transport."
Sounds lofty and pretty hippy but seems to be working. Friends in SF are signing up, allocating small or unused parts of backyards or land to be used to garden. They get to keep part of what is grown (fresh greens, tomatoes, etc) and the rest is distributed within San Francisco. And for those who don't know how to farm? No problem, the people at My Farm will bike over once a week to check on things.
There must be a way to do this on rooftops in NYC. If you know of anyone, let me know.