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Whole Foods Market has always celebrated the difference natural and organic products can make in the quality of one’s life. Located at Market Street Lynnfield, Whole Foods Market is the anchor tenant, with Jacobs Consultants as Architect of Record. This is the first Whole Foods Market in the United States with a rooftop farm, providing an estimated 11,000 lbs of hyper-local produce per year which is then sold inside the store.
The award-winning food roof was designed and constructed by Recover Green Roofs, LLC and all locally sourced materials were used. Maintained by Green City Growers, they say “The produce we get is more nutrient dense and fresher than anything else available, because the distance between where it’s grown and where it’s being consumed is really as minimal as it can be.” The American Hydrotech Vegetable Garden Roof System was used with 10” planting mounds of lightweight growing media laid in 3’ wide rows. The growing media is a Hydrotech LiteTop Urban Agriculture Media blended with Encendia Biochar. The plant varieties are determined in collaboration with the Whole Foods Lynnfield produce department, and Green City Growers assembles a crop map by season. Set up in zones, from Rain Bird drip irrigation delivers water directly to the roots, minimizing waste. In 2016 Recover Green Roofs installed a hoop house to start from seed on site, which is currently growing kale. All produce from the food roof is grown using all organic farming methods and customers love the wide variety of the fresh, local produce of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers on the open air rooftop farm.
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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week video photo credits: All courtesy of Jacobs Consultants, Inc. and Recover Green Roofs, LLC.