By Mandy Froelich / Truth Theory
If you are enthused by eco-friendly architecture and inventive solutions to modern food shortages, then you are going to love this latest news. The world’s largest urban farm is set to open in Paris, France, next year. Best of all, the project is slated to feed thousands of people annually.
The world’s largest rooftop urban farm is being built in the southwest region of the French capital. GoodNewsNetwork reports that it will span over 14,000 square meters (or 150,700 square feet), making it the largest urban farm in Europe.
A team of 20 gardeners will manage the rooftop farm. From the start, the organic sanctuary will grow 30 different plant species. According to representatives from Agripolis, the garden is estimated to produce between 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds) of fruit and vegetables every day in high season.
Not only will the urban farm produce food for local residents, but educational workshops and farming classes will be held on site. Local Parisians will also be able to lease out tiny segments of the rooftop for their own gardening needs.
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The Agripolis developers are designing the project around a specialized aeroponic “vertical farming” technique. As a result, the farm will be pesticide-free and use very little water.
“Our vision is a city in which flat roofs and abandoned surfaces are covered with these new growing systems,” explained 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 continued. “We’ll be using quality products, grown in rhythm with nature’s cycles, all in the heart of Paris.”
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