If you are a fan of “green projects” that are environmentally friendly, the growing project in the southwestern part of Paris, France, will surely please you. The 14,000-square-meter “green roof” will be the largest rooftop urban farm not only in Europe but worldwide. It should open next spring and provide healthy food to thousands of people.
Paris has promised to plant new plants on a total of 100 hectares of its land by 2020. The Parisculteurs project, which has the ambition to transform unused areas into urban farms, will help to fulfill the promise.
Agripolis developers say they are designing the project around a specialized aeroponic “vertical farming” technique, which is characterized by the fact that the gardens are used no pesticides and very little water – up to incredible 95% less compared to common fields.
The farm will be cared for by a team of twenty gardeners. 30 various kinds of plants supposed to produce around a thousand kilograms of fruits and vegetables per day in main crop season, making it the world’s largest organic rooftop farm.
The project will also offer various workshops. Parisians will be able to rent a piece of the city’s roof garden for their own use.
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“Our vision is a city in which flat roofs and abandoned surfaces are covered with these new growing systems,” says Pascal Hardy, founder of Agripolis. “Each will contribute directly to feeding urban residents who today represent the bulk of the world’s population.”
“The goal is to make the farm a globally-recognized model for sustainable production,” he added. “We’ll be using quality products, grown in rhythm with nature’s cycles, all in the heart of Paris.”
Currently, the largest organic strawberry farm in Paris so far is on the roof of a six-story building in the city center. The Porte de La Chapelle underground garage features a mushroom and microgreens growing area. People’s desire is to bring Paris closer to greater independence from the import of vegetables and fruit.