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Train Station Rooftop Farms Let Commuters Grow Fruits and Veggies on the Go

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Over the last decade, there has been an unprecedented surge in demand for locally produced foods-and in large cities, the appetite is especially high. In response to the local food craze, many city residents have advocated for urban farming as a way to provide affordable, pesticide-free produce, cultivated with minimal environmental impact, to residents of various socio-economic levels. However, in cities with limited open land, urban farmers have had to turn to innovative solutions to secure spaces for agriculture.

Since big cities lack the open acres required for large-scale agricultural production, urban farmers have turned their heads upwards to another widely available resource distinctive of cities: rooftops. Successful projects like New York's Brooklyn Grange and Tokyo's City Farm have transformed unused rooftops into visionary production sites that feed local communities high quality produce and make cities a little greener from above.

While these rooftop farms are often found on private warehouses and industrial buildings, a new farming project in Japan utilizes the tops of public transit stations to give passengers a moment to work their green thumbs while waiting for the next train. A collaboration between the East Japan Railway Company and entertainment company Ekipara, the Soradofarm occupies the roofs of five different stations around Tokyo, transforming these otherwise idle spaces into productive sites that benefit the health and nutrition of commuters and give people a place to garden-on-the-go.    


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