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The largest rooftop urban farm opens in July in Paris

There will also be a terrace with bar and restaurant

  • June 09, 2020 14:30
  • Author Aseniya Dimitrova
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Source: City of Paris

The largest rooftop urban farm in the world is opening in just a few weeks. Situated in the 15th Arrondissement of the French capital, Nature Urbaine currently offers spaces to those who want to cultivate their own crops in the city.

Everyone can become an urban farmer

Very soon the French capital will boast a record-wide urban farm on top of its exhibition centre Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. It will be able to produce several hundred kilos of fruits, vegetables and spices every day, from around twenty different species.

According to Nature Urbaine managers, the use of nutrients usable in organic farming makes it possible to produce fruits and vegetables of quality, which are also tasty, cultivated without pesticides, respecting the cycles of nature, in plein Paris. For those who want to get involved in this project of scale, the farm offers several services. These include vegetable garden rentals for residents, workshops and educational visits.

There are 135 plots of 1 square metre each available for rent. Reserving one’s place for a period of one year gives the right to the allocation of a vegetable patch, a welcome kit and an access badge. Its price is fixed at 320 euros.

The famous Parisian rooftop brand Le Perchoir will take over the panoramic terrace of Pavilion 6 and will open a bar and restaurant. Its menu will be partly made from products grown on-site.

"The urban farm will also supply the inhabitants of the south of Paris and neighbouring municipalities directly or through distribution, collective catering and hotels," said Pascal Hardy, the founder of Agripolis, quoted by the website of the city of Paris. In fact, the first pieces of produce have already been delivered to the 15th arrondissement town hall, where the farm is located.

An example in urban farming

Fruits, vegetables and herbs are the principal produce of the farm, explain its managers. This is possible thanks to innovative cultivation techniques in aeroponics and hydroponics.

The construction of the urban farm is part of a larger project for the modernisation of Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, initiated in 2015 by its manager Viparis. The popular exhibition centre is now going green thanks to the 14,000 square metres of land on the roof of Pavilion 6.

The ambition is to make this urban farm a model on a global scale in terms of responsible production contributing to the environmental and economic resilience of the city of tomorrow.

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