CCNY rooftop garden yields first crop

From a RoofPod garden atop the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture building at The City College of New York comes a bumper harvest for the community to partake in.

The garden is an extension of the Spitzer School’s student-designed, award-winning “Solar Roofpod.” Its crop yield includes tomatoes, tomatillos, zucchini, cucumber, broccoli, eggplant, cauliflower, jalapenos and other vegetables planted by CCNY Green and students from the City College-based High School for Math, Science and Engineering (HSMSE).

Members of the community can sample the delicious produce at events at the RoofPod 4:30 p.m. every other Friday starting Sept. 16 to Dec. 9. 

Spitzer School Associate Professor Christian Volkmann described the project as a “test garden.” He said a $200,000 grant from Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s office would be used in the future to expand its current 1,000 square feet of space to an “urban farm” of 4, 000 square feet.  

CCNY Green members involved in the project include chair Wei Ying Zhang (5th year, architecture), Jorge Burgos (5th year, architecture) and Alanna Leung (senior, biochemistry). Leung and Zhang are both in the Macaulay Honors College.

About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 15,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Science; Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; School of Education; Grove School of Engineering; Sophie Davis Biomedical Education/CUNY School of Medicine; and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes all rank City College among the best colleges and universities in the United States.