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Our Mission

Tinyfield Roofhop Farm is a small-scale, rooftop farm growing microgreens, salad greens, edible flowers, and hops in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Our goal is to provide high quality, hyper-local produce to consumers, restaurants, and markets. We created this “roofhop” farm to transform underused urban space into a robust ecosystem that also provides a vibrant space for community events and social gatherings. Tinyfield builds a collaborative experience for diners and drinkers alike, connecting the worlds of local agriculture and microbrewing. But most importantly, we are part of a movement for urban farmers to grow big dreams on a tiny field.

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Who We Are

Tinyfield Roofhop Farm Katrina Cequera
Katrina Ceguera, Co-Founder and Farmer
Aside from managing operations at Tinyfield, Katrina is also the farm manager at JetBlue’s T5 Farm at JFK airport as well as an urban garden consultant. Her motivation to start a rooftop farm was to foster a deeper connection between people and the food and drink on their tables. Her love for growing food is only outweighed by her love for Taylor Swift.

Tinyfield Roofhop Farm Keely Gerhold
Keely Gerhold, Co-Founder and Farmer
Growing up on a dairy farm in South Dakota cultivated Keely’s love for agriculture at an early age but it took several years for her to realize that agriculture and ag policy is where her heart is. Aside from farming, Keely holds a MPA in Public Policy and Nonprofit Management from NYU Wagner’s Graduate School of Public Service. She loves that her rural roots collide with city living while working on NYC urban farms, and is eternally devoted to beer, tacos, and cheese..

Tinyfield Roofhop Farm Kerry O'Connor
Kerry O'Connor, Construction
has lived in Brooklyn for almost ten years, working in a number of areas ranging from carpentry to web design. He has helped Tinyfield construct our greenhouse offering his insights, tools, and endless wit to the start-up process. Check out his work at oko.nyc

Tinyfield Roofhop Farm Daniel Kaminsky
Dan Kaminsky, Operational Support
Dan was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He has spent a lot of his time thinking about and engaged in social justice projects. He is now getting his masters degree at Goddard University in Social Innovation and Sustainability. Dan is new to the tinyfield team, but cannot wait to help apply the ideas learned into graduate school into the real world.

Tinyfield Roofhop Farm Gwen Shockey
Gwen Shockey, Graphic Designer
Gwen is a fine artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a member of Amos Eno Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn where she serves as the secretary of the Board. Her artwork has been exhibited in New York City venues such as A.I.R. Gallery and MoMA PS1 Studio Visit and her design work has been featured by Scholastic, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Time Magazine, and NPR. She is currently beginning her MFA degree at Pratt Institute. Check out her work at gwenshockeyfineart.com

Tinyfield Roofhop Farm Francisco Cervantes
Francisco Cervantes, Electrical & Web Engineer
Francisco is always up to something. Whether assembling the flick-of-the-wrist mechanics in the greenhouse, harvesting hops for the first batch of beer, or maintaining Tinyfield's website, he always whistles while he works. Check out his work at fcodesign.com

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Why farm in a city? Why farm on a roof?

There can be major strains that come with reliance on an industrial agricultural system. With the shift toward extreme weather patterns and the uncertain future of energy sources, we believe it is vital to build resilience and strengthen urban food systems. Rooftops are an underused resource that provide an excellent opportunity for urban farming--less pests, less pollution from street exhaust, and a place for urban dwellers to escape city life and enjoy the view.
Young farmers are critical to the food movement and only 6% of farmers in the U.S. are under the age of 35. Tinyfield’s farmers are dedicated to serving New York City by growing healthy greens and healthy people.

Crops & Hops
Tinyfield Roofhop Farm began its first season in 2015. We strive to grow varieties of greens that are diverse and delicious, because we believe food deserves to be celebrated. Growing food in an urban space lessens the time between harvest to fork, which is crucial for quickly perishable items like greens and herbs. By being a part of the community that grows food in the city, we can localize our food system and create our own foodshed. Tinyfield serves local restaurants to ensure our greens come to life in the most beautiful and creative ways and to grocers to connect directly with consumers and home cooks.

In addition to greens, Tinyfield grows hops for local brewers. New York State’s new Farm Brewery Bill requires craft brewers who would like to receive a Farm Brewery license to brew beer made primarily from locally grown farm products.

Beer & Policy:

  • - Brewers must source at least 60% of NY State grown hops and other ingredients by 2018
  • - In 2024, 90% of ingredients used must be grown or produced here
  • - Cornell University Cooperative Extension estimates 400-500 acres of hops are needed to satisfy the growing domestic demand for microbrews, but production in New York State is growing every year
Tinyfield is dedicated to growing hops to fill this need. Currently, we are growing 100 Cascade hop plants on our roof and will continue to expand both vegetables and hops in coming seasons.

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Contact Us!

If you would like to source microgreens, salad greens or hops from Tinyfield, please contact us.

Keely Gerhold / keely@tinyfieldfarm.com

Make sure to follow our farming journey on social media platforms @tinyfieldfarm