“World’s Largest Rooftop Farm” Opens on Chicago’s South Side

Gotham Greens, a New York-based urban agriculture pioneer, has expanded its territory to bring locally and sustainably grown produce to the Chicagoland area. Operating from the rooftop of an existing manufacturing plant on the city’s south side, this innovative urban farm will grow a variety of greens year-round, including “Chicago Crisp” and “Pullman Green Leaf”, named for its Pullman, Chicago location. Here, we reprint the City of Chicago’s announcement from the Chicago Sustainability News email bulletin of December 3, 2015.

On November 19th, Gotham Greens announced the opening of their fourth greenhouse, a new facility located on Chicago’s South Side in the historic Pullman neighborhood.

The state-of-the-art rooftop greenhouse in Pullman, Chicago greenhouse is powered by 100% renewable energy and employs over 50 workers. Photo: Gotham Greens

The state-of-the-art rooftop greenhouse in Pullman, Chicago is powered by 100% renewable energy and employs over 50 workers. Photo: Gotham Greens

The rooftop of the Method Products manufacturing facility hosts the new 75,000 sq ft Chicago greenhouse, a state-of-the-art operation that is powered by 100% renewable energy. The greenhouse employs over 50 workers, including many from the Pullman community.

“With more than $1 billion in venture capital invested in the city in 2014, Chicago continues to emerge as the country’s newest hot spot for innovation and growing companies,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Gotham Greens’ expansion means even more jobs and investment in the Pullman neighborhood; and through cutting-edge agricultural innovation they will provide fresh, healthy and locally-grown foods to residents across Chicago.”

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