Omni is thrilled to accept a 2017 Honor Award from IL-ASLA in Landscape Architectural Research for our rooftop wheat prairie.
Exploring the overlooked capabilities of green roof agriculture, Omni pursued a unique opportunity to investigate the quality and feasibility of green roof grain production. The resulting Wheat Prairie Harvest was a proof-of-concept research project, culminating in the first-known rooftop wheat harvest.
Located atop the Chicago offices of Studio Gang Architects, the wheat was initially intended as a cover crop that would create a singular, pastoral aesthetic. However, when the grain matured into a toxin-free, food-grade crop, Omni Ecosystems and Studio Gang capitalized on the research potential. Urban youth from local program After School Matters were incorporated into the project, learning hands-on lessons in productive landscapes led by The Roof Crop.
In the end, 66 pounds of grain was threshed, winnowed, and milled into a sampling of baked goods and pastry flour by Baker Miller Chicago. The Wheat Prairie project provided valuable data regarding green roof grain production, proving the viability of rooftop wheat production.