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Commercial rooftop garden in Montreal is world’s first

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Lufa Farms’ rooftop greenhouse will start planting in January and its first harvest will be ready six weeks later. Photograph by: Handout, Architect’s concept

Nearly $2-million, 31,000 square-foot project

By Alison Macgregor
The Montreal Gazette
October 28, 2010

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If all goes well, urban locavores will have a year-round source of non-GMO, pesticide-and-herbicide-free produce by early 2011.

Lufa Farms, a Montreal company, plans to unveil the world’s first commercial-scale rooftop greenhouse atop of a two-storey office building near Marche Centrale.

The nearly $2-million, 31,000 square-foot project should be completed before the end of the year and is expected to be ready for planting in January.

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October 29, 2010   3 Comments

Bill would exempt Detroit from Right to Farm Act, allow stricter regulation of urban agriculture

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An abandoned Detroit lot produces food instead of tax revenue. Photo by Andy McGlashen.

To support urban agriculture, the city needs a full-scale exemption from the Right to Farm Act

By Yang Zhang
Great Lakes Echo
Oct 28, 2010

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LANSING – Legislators from Detroit and Greenville have teamed up in an effort to ease restrictions on Detroit under the state farming laws.

A bill by Reps. Gabe Leland, D-Detroit, and Mike Huckleberry, D-Greenville, would exclude Detroit from the Michigan Right to Farm Act, which limits the legal right of neighbors to sue farmers about noise and smell complaints.

“By exempting Detroit, the city would be free to apply practical rules to urban agriculture,” said Joe Taylor, Leland’s chief of staff.

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