Higher Ground Farm

Project Completion
June 2013

Location
Boston, MA

Building Type
Commercial

BOSTON DESIGN CENTER ELEVATED
Situated atop the Boston Design Center in the Seaport District, Higher Ground Farm features 2,000 square feet of growing space elevated 100 feet above Boston Harbor, boasting incredible views of the city skyline.

Courtney Hennessey and John Stoddard, Higher Ground's co-founders, came up with the idea in 2011 when they were working together at Toro in Boston. They called Recover to inspect Toro's roof, but decided they needed a larger space to realize their vision. After a year-long tour of Boston's rooftops looking for something big enough, strong enough, and safe enough, they found the perfect fit at the Boston Design Center. The two worked with Recover and Simpson Gumpertz & Heger for another year designing their farm and raising funds before they planted their first seeds in 2013. 

With a team of volunteers, Courtney and John stitched together fabric liners for 1,400 milk crates that were filled with CitySoil media, palletized, and craned to the roof with the help of Recover. Eventually, Higher Ground Farm aims to expand to a 55,000-square-foot built-in-place green roof system, spanning nearly half of the Boston Design Center roof. 

View from the top. May 2015
 

Photographer
Maureen White

Client Name
Higher Ground Farm

Size
2,000 sq. ft.

Green Roof Design
Recover Green Roofs

Type
Rooftop Farm

Plant Type(s)
Vegetables, Herbs, & Flowers

Green Roof Components
Recover Aerated Media Modules (RAMMs)

Green Roof Installer
Higher Ground Farms and Recover Green Roofs

Structural Engineering
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
 



COMMERCIAL

RESIDENTIAL

SCHOOLS

FOOD ROOFS

INTERIORS