Managing risk on a rooftop urban farm

The idea of starting an urban farm project on your roof appeals to you, but also raises security questions? Do you wonder how safe these projects are? If insurance exists to cover them? If access to the roof is protected? Managing risk on a rooftop urban farm seems complicated? Our expertise in working on roofs and our various protocols ensure peace of mind for all our partners. Here are our answers to the most common concerns:

Safety

At MicroHabitat, all of our farmers are trained to work on rooftops in order to limit all possible risks and to take into account the different environmental factors to which they are exposed.

Numerous safety protocols are established to ensure the highest level of safety at every stage of the project, whether it be during installation, weekly maintenance or closing the garden.

All of our projects are also set up in a way that complies with regional safety codes. For example, if the roof is not protected by a guardrail, we ensure that a safe distance from the edge is set at 6 to 10 feet and that the pots are arranged to create a safe perimeter.

Numerous space assessments performed prior to the implementation of a project allow us to define the safest place to position the vegetable garden.

Insurance

Although we take care to limit any possible risk, uncertainties will never cease to exist. That is why all our projects are covered by the necessary insurance to avoid any repercussions on the project owner in case of unforeseen events.

Urban Wildlife

This issue can be quite worrisome for rooftop farms, given the voracity of seagulls for food in parks. Keep in mind, however, that birds are generally not big vegetable eaters. A good urban agriculture partner will be able to offer solutions to protect your crops from birds and animals while preserving biodiversity through an ecological approach.

Access

Managing access to the vegetable garden in a multi-tenant property can be an issue for property owners. It is important to understand that each MicroHabitat garden is assigned to a specific urban farmer. The farmer visits the garden on a weekly basis and on a fixed schedule. This simplifies the security protocols, since the same person will always have access to the garden, and his or her movements will be easy to predict thanks to the fixed maintenance schedule.

If you wish to share the initiative with your members, but access does not allow a large number of visitors in the garden, rest assured! MicroHabitat will be happy to bring the experience back to your members through educational workshops, informational booths, or distribution of customized farming kits.

A rooftop urban farm is a wonderful project that can, however, involve certain risks. With the support of an experienced partner, it is possible to limit these risks and see a successful initiative flourish.

You still have concerns? Contact one of our urban agriculture specialists to have more information on managing risk on a rooftop urban farm!