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Raising the roof

Hawaii [FARMING]

“It simply came about because I wanted to grow food for my family,” says Alan Joaquin, the man behind FarmRoof, the US Department of Agriculture’s (usda) first organically certified roof farming system. Based in Honolulu, Joaquin has a background in horticulture and uses native plants to develop a simple, modular system for growing vegetables on any roof that is strong enough to support solar panels. The soil-based growing system is housed in tube-like sacks that can be lined up in neat rows on a flat roof.

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