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The Edible Roof: a Guide to Productive Rooftop Gardening ,  by Mathew Pryor (Author)

Product Details:
Paperback: 220 pages. 
Publisher: MCCM Creations ( 
Languages: Chinese & English
ISBN: 978-988-13114-7-4
Dimensions: 248mm (H) x 188mm (W)
Full-colour. Softcover. 
Price: HK$150 / US$26 (Online Purchase)

Book introduction
High-density city dwellers have an increasing desire to grow their own food and contribute to a more sustainable urban life style, but lack the space to do so.   Growing plants on a roof can be very different from ground level urban farming. The book addresses the unique environmental and technical challenges of gardening on a roof.  Whether people are activating an unutilized grey roof space to build a completely new edible garden or converting an existing ornamental green roof to vegetable production, the book provides a technical guide to constructing a productive roof garden and as a technical reference for tackling specific issues.  The approaches and techniques described can be applied to almost any roof space, from a few humble planters on a balcony to extensive productive landscapes across large-scale industrial roof decks.


The Edible Roof, the first book to address urban rooftop farming in Asia, is essentially an operation manual, presenting essential technical information (which is not available elsewhere) in a concise and engaging way. It contains a wealth of detail on all aspects of establishing and running an urban rooftop farm including (unusually) budgeting data, information and material sources and potential organizational structures.

The bilingual format of the book (English / traditional Chinese), posed substantial challenges, but is a specific attempt to draw together local and expat farming interest groups in Hong Kong that previously have not found a common language.

Comprehensive technical information generated from the research is presented by subject within the book in an accessible, reference format for ease of use.