World’s Largest Rooftop Urban Farm is Set to Open in Paris Next Year
The world’s largest rooftop urban farm is set to open in Paris next year—and it’s already projected to feed thousands of people every year.
The garden, which is being constructed in the southwest region of the French capital, will span over 14,000 square meters (150,700 square feet), making it the largest urban farm in Europe.
Managed by a team of 20 gardeners, the organic sanctuary will grow 30 different plant species. Representatives from Agripolis , the urban farming company behind the project, say that the site will likely produce about 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds) of fruit and vegetables every day in high season.
In addition to hosting a variety of educational workshops and farming classes, the site will also allow local Parisians to lease out tiny segments of the rooftop for their own gardening needs.
Agripolis developers say that they are designing the project around a specialized aeroponic “ vertical farming ” technique so that the garden will use no pesticides and very little water.
“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.”