traffic jam rooftop garden

they already made their own bread, beer, ice cream, and cheese.  now local restaurant traffic jam can add growing their own vegetables to the list.  about a month ago while waiting for a table, my dinner companion, asked if i had seen the roof?  it seemed like sort of a strange question, as i’ve not seen the roof of any local dining establishments, but when i replied that i had not, she requested manager, who is a good friend of hers, to take me up to the roof.

after a long series of doors, twisting staircases, and what looked like an old apartment, we open the door to be greeted to this sight.

a roof top full of herbs and vegetables, all growing in bags filled with soil.  i’ve been hearing about rooftop gardens for years, but i think this is the first i know of in detroit.

many of the crops were suffering from the august heat, which was pretty intense on the roof top.  with such small amounts of soil they must be utilizing some sort of supplemental fertility, but the gardener was not available for questions.  it seemed like more of an experiment than perfected.  but still i have to say it’s a pretty neat idea, and with some time i expect them to get it in better shape.  maybe expand to the whole roof, and maybe be able to supply more of the food for the meals.  it’s a big roof, and add rain water catchment from the air conditioning units?  but like so many things they do at traffic jam, i have to ask, is it all for novelty? or is it economically viable.

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