Last week I received my neighborhood newsletter and was so excited to read about Up Top Acres, a new business venture here in the District that is turning unutilized green rooftops into urban farms. From their website,
Up Top Acres is reimagining what a farm looks like. We grow food on roofs — converting neglected spaces into viable sources of income and environmental safeguards. We create spaces for communities to interact with and learn about food, in order to establish agriculture as a fixture of city life.
And they have two farms literally a block from my apartment. I couldn't have been more ecstatic to read the news. I immediately sent an email to their staff and asked if we could meet to discuss the stories and emotions that surround food production, visual storytelling through photography, and life in the District, in general.
I spent my morning at their 55 M St SE farm, right next to Nats Stadium, talking with Kathleen O'Keefe, their Director of Events, about the crops they're growing: salad greens, herbs, root veggies, tomatoes, melons, and eggplant, to name a few. They've also got two beehives with honey production on the way soon.
If you've eaten at Jaleo, Chaia, or Comet Ping Pong, you've eaten products from Up Top Acres. (The full list of restaurants using their produce is here.) If you've shopped at a FreshFarm Market, you might've seen Up Top Acres there. I'm most excited about their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs. For a weekly or monthly fee, Up Top Acres will deliver a box of veggies, greens, and herbs, to your home every Wednesday. Literally food from your neighborhood farm delivered to your door for $40 or $80 a month. #shutupandtakemymoney
Their long-term goal is to put a farm on almost every rooftop in the District and I've never been more hopeful of success for anyone before.