BYT + The Awesome Foundation: Up Top Acres

October 20, 2016
Brightest Young Things

The Awesome Foundation awards monthly, no-strings-attached grants of $1,000 for “awesome” projects. This series profiles grantees of the Awesome Foundation DC Chapter.

Urban Agriculture – D.C. Edition

Up Top Acres is a Millennial-led startup, founded by three D.C. natives who are tackling big social and environmental problems through a business model of doing well by doing good.

Up Top Acres is a rooftop farming company that grows food on roofs – converting neglected spaces into viable sources of income and green space. Green rooftops absorb heat, pollution, prevent stormwater runoff, and beautify the built environment. Rooftop gardens are the “pimp my roof” enhancement to a green roof – with all the benefits of a green roof – plus the added bonus of edible, healthy foods. The farm-to-fork carbon footprint for the average American is considerable (often cited at 1,500 miles), Up Top Acres is a flight of stairs. The idea of this commercial enterprise is to do well by doing good. So far they have opened 45,000 sq ft of greater D.C. regional rooftop gardens, and are in the process of opening many more. The Awesome Foundation granted Up Top Acres $1,000 to expand their awesome enterprise.

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