Q: You grow corn on your roof?
A: Correct – on the roof of the Wrigleyville condo building in which I reside. It’s probably the only locale in this great city where you can see the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower on the Chicago skyline to the south, the light standards of Wrigley Field to the west and genuine Iowa field corn at your feet, all at the same place. I’m also growing soybeans this year.
Q: Why, for the love of God, are you growing corn?
A: We’ve had a decent garden-variety garden for the past few summers on our roof, full of petunias, geraniums and such. That was all very pretty to look at. But last year I started thinking this was all kind of pedestrian stuff, and maybe it was time to expand a little creatively, think outside the box, or the cornfield, in this case. Boredom also had something to do with it. Moreover, I view this as kind of homage to my mom and dad, who run a farm near Williamsburg, Iowa, that’s been in our family since 1889. That’s where I grew up, and where I picked up a thing or two about growing stuff from the dirt.