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. Brooklyn Grange is widely recognized as a world leader in urban agriculture, with an unwavering drive to develop the industry with an exceptional green and community minded business. Prior to founding the Brooklyn Grange, Ben co-founded and managed the Eagle Street Rooftop farm. He has a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and prior experience in management consulting and marketing.
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 was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.