Boston rooftop farm Higher Ground aiming even higher

Urban Farmers Dave Ludgin and Courtney Hennessey of Higher Ground Farm atop the Boston Design Center. PHOTO BY NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/METRO
Urban Farmers Dave Ludgin and Courtney Hennessey of Higher Ground Farm atop the Boston Design Center. PHOTO BY NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/METRO

Higher Ground, a  rooftop farm, is heading into its second season atop the the Boston Design Center in the Seaport District following its opening last July, and it seems the city has taken a liking to the roof-grown produce.

“It seems like a lot of people are starting to turn toward urban agriculture,” said Courtney Hennessey, the farm’s co-founder. “I think we’re definitely at the beginning of a big movement.”

This year, Higher Ground will have a full-length growing season. Hennessey and co-founder John Stoddard will start seeding today, on Earth Day, and plan to start harvesting at the end of May.

The farm sold more than 2,000 pounds of produce to 14 local businesses last year, delivering it on bicycles. This year the farm will diversify its crops, and although they will still focus on growing tomatoes, they will add more of a variety of herbs and edible flowers.

The flowers, in particular, were a hot commodity at Boston restaurants, Stoddard said.

“One of the unique things about us being in the city is that we are able to harvest, and deliver produce within an hour,” said Stoddard, adding that they were pleased with the reception last year.

“I think it surpassed our expectations, and we were successful in the sense that we had happy customers. Restaurants were great about promoting us and putting us on their menu – fun to see. Everything pleased with quality,” said Stoddard.

The duo is now launching a “Got Milk Crates?” campaign to try and collect 450 milk crates to add to the 1,400 they already use as planters.

“We’re hoping that anyone who has a few crates they are not using and that they want to get rid of will let us give them new life,” said Stoddard.

Anyone interested in donating crates can contact Higher Ground Farm through its Facebook page, on Twitter at @HigherGroundMA, or by emailing

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