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Rooftop Farm at Sixpoint Craft Ales

This post is brought to you by guest author, Emily Goldsher. Emily is a communications strategist living in New York City. In her free time, she likes to learn about the ways smart people utilize urban spaces for farming.

Growing in a rooftop farmWhat makes enjoying a nice cold one even better? Knowing that it has been locally sourced. Sixpoint Craft Ales, hailing from Brooklyn, is a great example of a brewery that values being a part of a community while also championing the fine heritage of American beer. But to call these guys brewers is an understatement—they are true craftsmen, artisans of the keg and trailblazers when it comes to what might be our national beverage. Beer has never tasted so great.

But I didn’t really take notice of Six Point until one of my favorite bloggers, Cathy from Not Eating Out in New York, started Lunch at Sixpoint. She tends to the brewery’s roof which functions as a small farm that supplies the Sixpoint team with enough fresh produce for the delicious lunches she describes on the site. The Sixpoint Community Garden is also home to six egg laying ladies, hens that Cathy lovingly describes often on her blog.

Rooftop Urban FarmCathy and her family of growers use salvaged kegs as plant containers, and surround plants with coffee chaff from local-friends Stumptown Coffee Roasters. Her garden offers everything from heirloom tomatoes to wax beans, all depending on the season. Plus, she lets readers Name That Plant! giving us a look at what we eat looks like before it hits the table. Posting is a little slow right now due to the dreary Brooklyn winter, but will undoubtedly pick up again as temperatures rise in anticipation of spring.

The roof at Sixpoint primarily relies on upcycled kegs and containers as growing containers. The staff saws off the tops and screws holes into the bottom for easy drainage. The depth of the keg itself is helpful for growing potatoes and other plants that need space, and are also great for setting up tomato vines.

Sub irrigation in upcycled grow containerAnother interesting feature of the roof is that the heat generated from the brewery below keeps the roof warmer than seasonal outside temperatures, helping extend the growing season.

There is a great introductory post about the roof here, but what makes the scenario so lovely is the way Cathy takes us from the plant to the dish: breakfast burritos, Banh Mi, spent grain dog treats, and squash scones. Her imagination is limitless, but luckily, so are the appetites of the Sixpoint Brewery team.

Head over to Cathy’s blog to learn more about the Sixpoint Community Garden and to the Sixpoint Craft Ales site to learn more about the beer! If that doesn’t make you want to start your very own rooftop farm, nothing will!

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