*As growing season draws near for farmers, one New York City church oversees a farm in one of the least likely places: its rooftop, says The Christian Post.
Metro Baptist Church, whose congregation moved to its present location in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in 1984, grows various food items on its roof for the benefit of several local food pantries.
The Rev. Alan Sherouse, pastor of Metro Baptist, told The Christian Post that the rooftop farm is part of a collaborative effort known as the Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project.
“The farm project was a way to utilize our 4,000 square feet rooftop to augment our food pantry and provide another forum for education, community building, and collaboration around food justice,” said Sherouse.
“As we shared the idea with partners, it became a wonderful common ground for collaboration with other neighborhood organizations and service providers. Materials reached the roof in June 2011 and we kicked off our second growing season this month.”