Next year, French company Agripolis is opening a 150,000-square-foot urban farm in Paris, where, according to The Guardian, it will grow more than 2,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables every day during high season. The farm is located in the 15th arrondissement, where it will occupy the rooftop of a sprawling entertainment complex that’s currently undergoing renovations.
The farm will be home to more than 30 different species of plants that will grow vertically with aeroponic farming, a method that uses nutrient-filled mist to nourish the produce. Local residents will be able to secure plots of land, effectively turning the garden into a community space. “Our vision is a city in which flat roofs and abandoned surfaces are covered with these new growing systems,” Pascal Hardy, head of Agripolis told The Guardian.
The food will go directly to residents in the area, either through subscription boxes or in local stores and restaurants, reducing emissions from transportation. Local residents will also have the opportunity to have small garden plots of their own. A new rooftop restaurant next to the farm will also serve produce grown next door. For Agropolis, the work is a way to help the city become more resilient by producing more food locally; adding greenery to the roof can also help the city in dealing with increasing heat waves.
Image courtesy Valode & Pistre Architectes Atlav AJN and Agropolis