SG up on Brooklyn Grange

We’re up and (almost) running on Brooklyn Grange

Last week Erik and myself were able to finish up the build for our monitoring station on Brooklyn Grange. After the success with Kickstarter we joined 3rd Ward- which is a multi-disciplinary workspace and education center. Where they offer classes and have a full Wood Shop, Metal Shop and Co- working Space.

Loading dock at 3rd ward

With the help of Ben and Chase, founders of grange we were able to get this behemoth up the last half flight of stairs and onto the roof.

Erik and myeslf- next to our monitoring spot at grange

The following day (as you can see in the pictures while it was warmer than most February’s that I can remember in NYC the weather was not on our side), we got back to work lining and planting the box.


We cut down the PVC pipe and glued the drain to the piping, then we took this and inserted it into a hole at the bottom of our box- this is where our runoff will leave the system through into a tipping bucket so we can measure it.

Then we lined the box with the exact materials on Grange’s farm- root barrier, an insulating layer, drainage mat and then filter fabric.

cutting down drainage mat

sizing up insulation layer


Once that was down it was time to shovel some of the rooflite growing medium into the box.

It was there we found our hidden winter bounty.

Carrots.Lots of them.


 We were joined by Seeing Green’s intern- Laura Barron.

Here is what Laura has to say about her rainy grey afteroon with us,

As a newcomer to the Seeing Green team, I was more than excited to jump right in to helping set up shop on the Brooklyn Grange rooftop in Queens. As a first semester Environmental Systems Management graduate student, I learned about Seeing Green through Tyler’s visit to my orientation. He mentioned he works with food systems and started describing his non-profits and I immediately knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. Growing up in Texas, sustainability and urban agriculture were largely deemed an elaborate conspiracy theory, so I have been so excited to be in New York City and be exposed to so many innovative sustainable opportunities. Even though it was raining and miserable outside, it was one of the coolest experiences seeing my new team members in action! As someone who has studied environmental studies from a social rather than scientific approach, I was nervous to be such a novice to storm

water management research. We jumped right in to setting up the storm water catchment device, digging a space for in on Brooklyn Grange’s roof and attempting to have caulking dry in 100% humidity. Although I did have to secretly Google “evapotraspiration” once to make sure I knew what it really meant, it was great to hear about the process, as well as being able to take part in constructing and seeing how the storm water catchment device itself was built. I’m looking so forward to learning more about Seeing Green’s process!”

Laura Barron our new intern and Erik

The next step is a grounding wire so our equipment can be recording safely, which we’re hoping to get done in the next week and get online ASAP. More updates to come.