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Paris to get world’s largest rooftop farm

Paris to get world’s largest rooftop farm, credit: Agripolis
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Paris is to set up an urban farm on its perimeter to supply residents with one ton of food per day. As weforum.org reports, the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, which is currently under renovation, is set to become the location of the world’s largest urban rooftop farm as of next year. Covering an area of 14,000 m², it will be planted with around 30 different species, grown in columns without soil and fed with nutrient-rich solutions and rainwater. This aeroponic method requires little water consumption and allows large numbers of plants to be grown in a small area.

Visitors will be able to purchase produce, which will also be available for tasting in the rooftop restaurant. The farm will host educational tours and citizens will be able to rent spaces to grow their own crops.

Agripolis, the company behind the farm, already runs other rooftop farms around France. Speaking to The Guardian, founder, Pascal Hardy, said, “Our vision is a city in which flat roofs and abandoned surfaces are covered with these new growing systems. Each will contribute directly to feeding urban residents who today represent the bulk of the world’s population.”

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Urban vertical farming facility to be built in Australia

Urban vertical farming facility to be built in Australia, Credit: Valcenteu, Wikipedia
Credit: Valcenteu, Wikipedia

 

 

Fresh produce grower Freshero and agtech company RotoGro have teamed up to construct a fully automated urban vertical farming facility in Australia, according to a press release by RotoGro. Construction of the flagship facility should be complete by the second quarter of 2020. Freshero will contribute its experience as a grower of fresh organic produce and distributor to Australia, South-East Asia and the Middle East, while RotoGro specialises in rotational hydroponic garden systems and crop management and fertigation technology.

The fully automated urban vertical farming facility will produce fresh organic fruits and vegetables on a commercial scale. Once complete, the partners plan to expand the project across Australia, South-East Asia, the Middle East and the rest of the world.

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Europe’s largest rooftop farm planned for the Netherlands

Europe’s biggest commercial urban farm will soon be located in this building in The Hague, in South Holland. Vegetables will be grown in a 1,200 sqm greenhouse to be placed on the roof of what is known as the De Schelde building, a former Philips factory now partially empty. Its conversion into a multi-storey urban farming centre – to be called Urban Farming De Schilde – will involve a €2.6 million investment, according to the Municipality of The Hague, which aims to become a climate-neutral city by 2040

 

Europe’s biggest commercial urban farm will soon be located in this building in The Hague, in South Holland.

Vegetables will be grown in a 1,200 sqm greenhouse to be placed on the roof of what is known as the De Schelde building, a former Philips factory now partially empty.

Its conversion into a multi-storey urban farming centre – to be called Urban Farming De Schilde – will involve a €2.6 million investment, according to the Municipality of The Hague, which aims to become a climate-neutral city by 2040 and says it is offering an attractive rental price to the urban farming tenants.

 

Indoor fish farm, boutique brewery

Two of the building’s storeys, each measuring 1,500 sqm, have been earmarked for urban farming. An indoor fish farm and boutique brewery are also included in the redevelopment plans.

City farming pioneer UrbanFarmers (UF) AG, a Swiss company, has been awarded the rooftop space of 1,500 sqm and 700 sqm on the 6th floor.

According to UF, the building has great access and visibility from both the city center as well as the neighboring Westland, “the Dutch horticultural cluster and ‘Silicon Valley’ for plant growing and green innovation.”

“The concept is further supported by a  digital billboard wrapped around the rooftop farm communicating live status updates around UF and also other information pertinent to what’s going on inside the greenhouse,” it said.

 

Koppert Biological Systems also involved

UF said it is focused on building cost effective, sustainable and reliable urban agriculture systems. De Schilde is its fourth after similar projects in Basel, Zurich and Berlin.

Koppert Biological Systems is to share its expertise with UF for the new project. “The cooperation with Urban Farmers will not only focus on natural enemies, beneficial microorganisms and biostimulants, as we, in our role as a horticultural supplier, will also work on the production of insects as fish feed,” said Maren Schoormans, Koppert’s sales manager for the Netherlands.

“We will be able to show society and consumers the opportunities our integrated system offers to everyone who wishes to improve the health, resilience and productivity of crops,” he said.