Innovation: Alumni Tracy Boychuk and Roof Top Crops

WEST TOWN — It’s an unusual sight, this row of young fig, apple and pear trees growing in an industrial section of West Town.

Stranger still: The trees have taken root in eight inches of soil, on a warehouse rooftop 15 feet off the ground.

In July, once the cover crop blanketing the roof at 1516 W. Carroll Ave. is fully established, the first daikon radishes and greens will be harvested. A few weeks after that, the tomatoes, peas and chard should be ready.

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