Small Farm Planning and Design Instructor
Ben Flanner is the Agriculture Director, CEO, and co-founder of Brooklyn Grange rooftop Farm, based in New York City. A pioneering urban farm operation, the business produces vegetables, herbs, hot sauce, and honey on over 2 ½ acres of intensive green roofs, and sells its produce via restaurants, farmer’s markets, and CSAs. The world’s largest soil based rooftop farm, Brooklyn Grange is widely recognized as a world leader in urban agriculture, with an unwavering drive to develop the concept with an exceptional green and community minded business. Prior to founding the Brooklyn
Grange, Ben co-founded and managed the Eagle Street Rooftop farm in 2009. He has a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and
prior experience in management consulting and marketing. Ben was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
The Brooklyn Grange received the LICBDC Green Business Award in 2010, the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Award of Excellence in 2011, the Queens Community Business Award from Mayor Bloomberg’s office in 2012, and the New York Environmental Champion award in 2015 from the EPA.
Ben has presented to audiences including NYU Stern Business School; Central European University; American Farmland Trust, US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA); Slow Money; Barcelona’s Smart City World Expo; MAHA Agriculture Conference in Malaysia; The American Farm School in Thesaloniki, Greece; numerous Northeastern Horticultural Societies, and has been a guest expert on dozens of panels and university classes. He was honored in the by the New York City Food Policy Center’s 40 under 40 working to transform New York City’s Food Policies. He has taught urban agriculture courses in multiple cities in North America, and a course in the Environmental Studies department at New York University (NYU).