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Specific and general information about organic products such as "What are Organic foods?" or "What's the difference?" can be instructed through seminars for consumers, who are more aware of product safety and quality and are strongly interested in local brand products.
Motivational Workshops, Personal Coaching, and Agency services are also available not only for organic farmers, farm owners, distributors/ merchandisers, but also for general small business owners and managers of corporations in the service industry.
Translation/Interpreting services are also given for you, if you'd like to expand your business to Japanese markets both in the US and Japan. The services include translation from Japanese to English (also ENG. to JPN), specializing in agricultural and philosophical fields, re-writing website for a particular market such as Japan, translating and editing brochures, etc. YouTube marketing, SNS sharing marketing strategies are also advised.
1, Benefits: Rooftop gardening is on the cutting edge of urban farming & food production around New York area. This can call much attention to public. Also, the beauty of green roof can attract the public interests, and comfort hotel guests’ eyes and minds.
Studies suggest that the access to, or simply views of areas of the roof can improve property values, and increase worker productivity and creativity, as well as being useful for health and horticultural therapy. In this sense, it might be interesting to offer to our guests, not only organic dishes, but also a gardening therapy program. The healing effect can motivate more hotel’s staff to get spontaneously involved in the gardening.
One of the important environmental benefits of green roof systems is to moderate the urban heat island effect. In other words, the green roof can lower the cost of air-conditioning for the buildings. Additionally, urban plantings have also been shown to improve urban air quality.
Green roof systems are also economically sound, lasting much longer than conventional roofs, since the green layer protects the roof membrane from temperature fluctuations, puncture, and UV damage. A case observed in London shows that after 50 years under a green roof planting, the roof membrane was still in excellent condition, far surpassing the 10 - 15 year life span of its contemporaries.
The rooftop gardening can definitely help the sustainability of urban systems, and reduce the environmental burden. The average American meal travels 1500 miles from field to table, using 10 times more energy than the caloric value of the food itself. This represents an incredible environmental cost in fossil fuel emissions, pollution associated with extraction, and loss and division of natural habitat by asphalt.
2, Challenges: It is very optimistic to use the rooftop space for the edible garden; however, there are also a few drawbacks which must be considered. Rooftops in general are fairly exposed locations in terms of both sun and wind.
Rooftops receive full sun all day long, with little of the natural shade relief from trees which would normally be present at ground level. As a result, the heat of the soil is a serious concern. This is particularly true for the hotel rooftop because the soil used is shallow. If the soil temperatures rise too high, plant growth is limited through reductions in water and nutrient uptake. In this regard, we will need to consider to install an appropriate irrigation system.
Besides the regular watering system, it is worthy to consider it from a sustainability perspective. One of the most appropriate, convenient and inexpensive irrigation systems is a rainwater collection system. It needs careful attention, however, for stormwater drains, in some cases, causing redirecting the water flow difficult in the system.
In addition, earthworms, which enrich and aerate the soil, require fairly cool and moist conditions to survive. At ground level, they can simply go deeper underground to find suitable habitat, but this is not possible on a rooftop if the soil is too shallow. To solve this, the composts including earthworms should be transferred from the Northside bush soil and incorporated into the rooftop soils. We will, therefore, need to make every possible attempt to enrich the soil of the Northside area by creating effective compost-making systems (see the later chapter for suggestions).
Exposure to wind is also a possible problem for rooftop gardening, though this varies with the types of crops to be grown. If wind proves to be a serious problem, options include flexible or dwarf plant varieties as well as windbreaks of glass, fencing, or dense plantings.
Each rooftop environment is different. We should expect the unexpected. In order to make it successful, it will be wise to limit the varieties of crops and start small (200-300 square feet) for the first year; then, expand the area gradually, as the project on progress, and adjust the facilities and surrounding circumstances depending on the difficulties and needs we will be facing.
3, Choice of Plants can either be chosen to withstand high soil temperatures, full sun, and strong winds. These effects can be moderated with the help of shade-cloths, mulches, more frequent watering, interplanting and/or windbreaks.
Typically, the plants best suited to rooftop conditions are those adapted to drier climates with compact, sturdy shapes. To grow cooler season crops (radishes, spinach, etc.) it may be necessary to interplant them with taller crops in order to retain moisture and provide shade. Another way to grow those crops is to cover them with shade-cloths. Herbs like rosemary, which tolerate hot sun, should do well with less care.
Other possible varieties of vegetables are:
Lettuce with shade (Jun-Sep) Spinach (Jun-July; Oct),
Swiss chard (Jul-Sep) Tomato (July-Sep.)
Beans (Aug-Sep) Collards (Sep-Nov),
Kale (Sep-Nov), Squashes (Sep-Nov)
Arugula with shade (Oct-Dec), Sunflowers for windbreak
English peas (Oct), Horseradish (Nov.),
Wheat as green manure* (Oct-Mar) *see the chapter 8.
Depending on the preference of the chef, we can choose the varieties and make experiments to find out the aptitude for the specific environment on the rooftop.
Japanese varieties of organically grown produce can be purchased and directly delivered to stores /restaurants in the urban areas around NYC. Please talk to our professionals for more details.