Green Roof Workshop


Are you curious about green roofs? What are they and why to plant one? Do you have an appropriate roof to add one to? Find out the answers to these questions, plus what plants are best to use, and how to plant one in this hands on workshop.

Deb will cover the basics on how to install a green roof, and how to choose the best plants for your situation. We will create two green roofs on outbuildings, using two different installation techniques.

Weight is the number one consideration when planning a roof. Most commercial buildings can withstand the weight while most single family homes can not. Deb will discuss how to calculate this and how to plan ahead on a new construction project.

A green roof or living roof is a roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane. Potential benefits of green roofs include: improved storm water management, energy conservation, increased longevity of roofing membranes, reduced noise and air pollution, and habitat for wildlife.

COST: sliding scale of $25-50. A nonrefundable deposit of $10 is required to reserve your space with the rest of the fee due at the event.

Led by: Deb Cinamon Whalen has lived in the seacoast area for 30 years. Her business the Good Food Farm was named by her daughter, who at 6 said, ”We are growing good food on a farm. Lets name it that.” The farm was certified organic in 1990, and sold veggies and flowers to local restaurants, flower shops, and at the farm stand. On the side she worked as a landscaper, and became certified through NOFA’s Organic Land Care program. She went on to become certified by Live Roof in Connecticut. They use a hybrid modular system, which is used on many buildings commercially.