The one-acre rooftop farm at the Javits Center has joined the New York State Grown & Certified programme, a statewide effort that identifies local producers who adhere to higher standards in terms of food safety and environmental stewardship. The farm is located more than eight stories above street level and was expanded last year.
"From the success of its nearly 7-acre green roof to a new rooftop farm, the Javits Center has proven the power of sustainability. We are proud to welcome them into the New York State Grown & Certified program, which celebrates fresh, healthy produce grown in a way that is considerate of the surrounding environment", Governor Kathy Hochul said.
„The rooftop farm takes our sustainability programme to the next level.“
New York Convention Center Operating Corporation (NYCCOC) president Alan Steel said, "We are honoured to join the NYS Grown & Certified programme and to bring our roof-to-table experience to millions of visitors from around the world. The rooftop farm takes our sustainability programme to the next level – literally – by providing guests with ingredients grown only steps from where they are consuming them. Our goal is to continue serving as a model of sustainability and encourage others to consider the potential of urban farming and its positive impact on the community." The farm is expected to generate up to 40,000 pounds of produce annually, which is being incorporated into the millions of meals served to guests during events at the convention centre.