I’m a burgeoning backyard vegetable farmer with a lot to learn, but a love for gardening and an appreciation for locally-grown, organic produce. I’m in awe of Zaro Bates, a farming pioneer who was recently featured in Modern Farmer. This amazing woman has converted the roof of a parking garage in Staten Island into a 4,500 square foot urban vegetable garden, which produces tons (literal tons) of vegetables each year. She also manages an apiary on the same roof! (Honey! Yum!) Creative, hyperlocal produce farming like this is the wave of the future, and the way we can ensure healthy, local, responsibly grown food for all.