To celebrate Earth Day in 2012, Schmidt Associates’ workers started an urban garden located on the roof of the building. The garden is an expansion of the green roof area the office has had in place for the last seven years. For the urban garden, employees brought in their favorite fruits and vegetables to grow this year either from seed or from starter sprouts. Having a garden located at the office allows the workers to monitor the plants more frequently. It is also expected that there will be less weeding involved due to the rooftop location.
Depending on the harvest yield, the vegetables produced by the garden may be sold at a mini farmer’s market as a fund raiser for charity. If the garden proves successful this year, there is the possibility for expansion in the future. If the vegetables sell well at the market, there might even be an office tractor on the horizon.