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Resources

Close-up shot of hands gently trasnplanting a crop into fresh soil

The Urban Farm has developed a suite of resources that reflect the experience of growing crops ecologically on a quarter-acre rooftop using green roof technology. These resources are evolving tools that will be updated at the end of each growing season; check back annually at the beginning of the year to find the most up-to-date versions.


Video resources

A selection of instructional videos and recordings of virtual panels hosted by the Urban Farm. Stay tuned for additional videos in the coming months!

Bed preparation for planting with the Ryerson Urban Farm

Instructions for preparing permanent raised beds using ecological methods for optimal planting conditions that help foster soil health and protect green roof membranes.

2022 Urban Farm Living Lab Research Roundtable

A recording of our February 23 and 24, 2022 Urban Farm Living Lab Research Roundtable. The roundtable brought together participants from diverse disciplines and industries to share and discuss recent rooftop farming research and initiatives.

Growing Better Rooftops: Soil Health Panel #1

A recording of our November 4, 2020 Growing Better Rooftops: A Soil Health Panel session. The first in a two part series, attendees met virtually to discuss strategies for optimizing green roof technologies and growing media for food production.

Growing Better Rooftops: Soil Health Panel #2

A recording of our December 9, 2020 Growing Better Rooftops: A Soil Health Panel session. The second in a two part series, attendees met virtually for a second session discussing strategies for optimizing green roof technologies and growing media for food production.


Production resources

Technical planting information for a selection of direct-seeded and transplanted crops, including spacing, planting depth and infrastructure. This also includes technical information useful for crop planning for a selection of crops, including seed starting in the greenhouse, field planting and projected yield.


Design and infrastructure resources

To view rooftop farm specifications and dimensions for the ENG and DCC rooftops, please visit the our spaces page.