Coming to a rooftop near you

Uncommon Ground restaurant in Chicago has a certified organic rooftop farm.
Uncommon Ground restaurant in Chicago has a certified organic rooftop farm.Images from “Roof to Table” traveling photography exhibition curated by Lauren Mandel

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From Boston’s Seaport District to the North Shore, large-scale rooftop agriculture is blooming in local environs. At the Boston Design Center, Higher Ground Farm will soon open a 13,000-square-foot growing area for herbs and vegetables, one that by next year will total 40,000 square feet of planted produce.

As it grows, Boston will become more prominently aligned with a burgeoning urban agriculture movement, one marrying underutilized city space with “green” consciousness and a hunger for locally produced food. In Lynnfield, meanwhile, construction is underway on a new Whole Foods store with a half-acre (17,000 square feet) rooftop. By late-May, project managers hope they’ll be able to plant tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, leafy greens, and several varieties of herbs to be sold in the store.

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