The resident bees pollinate 75% of the food on the farm, and during peak season there are 80,000 to 100,000 bees in each hive. In its second growing season, the farm grew 5,000 – 7,000 pounds of fresh produce on less than 3,000 cubic feet of growing space.
By Linda Velazquez
March 4, 2019
Voted one of the 50 greenest hospitals in America, Boston Medical Center (BMC) is the largest safety-net hospital and Level I trauma center in New England. A rooftop farm was a natural fit for BMC, which has both a steadfast commitment to a green campus and an integrative approach to health.
Located three stories up on the lower roof of BMC’s power plant building, the Boston Medical Center Rooftop Farm is the first farm on a hospital in Boston.
With a total roof area of 7,000 square feet, the rooftop farm has 2,658 square feet of growing space and harvests about 25 different crops.
The farm began as the brainchild of Dave Maffeo, senior director of support services and Robert Biggio, senior vice president of facilities and support services, with the support of BMC’s Office of Development. Dave worked with Lindsay Allen, who is now Manager of the BMC Rooftop Farm, and John Stoddard of Higher Ground Farm to find a rooftop and growing system that met BMC’s needs.