World's Largest Rooftop Urban Farm to Open in Paris
The world's largest urban rooftop farm will open in Paris in 2020 and will produce over a thousand fruits and vegetables everyday.
The City of Love will soon be home to the world's largest rooftop urban farm. Located at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles on the future Pavillion 6's roof, the farm will span an astounding 14 000 metres squared.
Headed by Viparis, Europe's leader in trade and conference events, in collaboration with Agripolis and Culture en Ville (two companies that specialise in urban agriculture), the new rooftop urban farm will create a thriving haven for biodiversity in the bustling city of Paris.
In an official statement, Agripolis explains the aim of the urban rooftop farm project.
'The goal is to make this urban farm a globally recognised model for responsible production, with nutrients used in organic farming and quality products growing in rhythm with nature's cycles, all in the heart of Paris.'
Agripolis utilises innovative techniques to create produce and the new urban rooftop farm will be installed with soil-free aeroponic 'vertical farms', which require minimal installation.
All fruits and vegetables grown within this innovative method are free of pesticides and harvested at maturity, ensuring a low carbon footprint along with optimising water usage.
Not only will the farm grow a large number of vegetables and fruits, but also offer a range of services relating to urban agriculture; including educational tours, leasing vegetable plots for local residents, team building workshops and more.
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Founder of Agripolis, Pascal Hardy explains that the new rooftop farm will supply multiple surrounding industries.
'By installing working farms on the sites we operate, we are helping to foster environmental and economic resilience in tomorrow's cities. This is our guiding principle. To this end, the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles site will supply restaurants in the complex, primarily Le Perchoir, but also residents of southern Paris and neighbouring municipalities, either directly or through distribution, company canteens and hotels.'
Paris Expo Porte de Versailles underwent a renovation in 2015 and is now considered Europe’s largest conference site. The building will officially be home to the world's largest urban rooftop in the Parisian spring of 2020.
Locals and travellers will be able to dine at Le Perchoir's bar and restaurant, which will open alongside the rooftop farm with panoramic views of the city. Their menu will include produce grown on the site.
Cofounder of Cultures en Ville, Clèment Lebellé explains that the new rooftop farm will address climate, social, economic and geographical challenges faced in the city.
'The Paris Expo Porte de Versailles project is an ideal response, by offering local residents high quality, locally produced food, and the opportunity to cultivate their own gardens.'