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Largest Urban Farm to Be Built in Paris -- on a Rooftop!

How they're doing it, why they're doing it--you've gotta see this to believe it.


While Paris might be known for its art museums, romantic architecture and fancy cheese the city will soon be adding another exciting landmark - the world's largest rooftop urban farm.

The garden, which will be 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. It's expected to feed thousands of people each year.

The company in charge of the garden's construction, Agripolis , specializes in turning abandoned spaces into urban farms. They predict that the plot will likely produce about 2,200 pounds of fruit and vegetables during high seasons. The farmers are using an aeroponic "vertical farming" technique that uses less water than traditional agriculture and no pesticides.

"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 Paris rooftop farm will host workshops and teach farming classes, and local residents can lease out a small part of the farm for their own use.

According to Hardy, the goal of the farm is to create delicious, high quality food for people who live nearby, and also to make it "a globally-recognized model for sustainable production."

You can read more about how urban farming is helping communities to thrive in a previous Sparkt story:

How a Farm Next to a Steel Mill Is Helping Save a Town

If you're interested in starting your own urban farm project, or need help with an existing one, you can reach out to your local community farm organization (like Grow Pittsburgh ) or check out Urban Farming , an international organization dedicated to supporting the establishment of gardens on unused land.

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