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Sky’s the limit for Montreal rooftop farm project


MONTREAL, QUE. Javier Campos, assistant director of Lufa Farms, drops basil seed into mini-pots at one of the rooftop greenhouses at Lufa Farms. To his right (and in the left foreground) are other growing herbs and behind him are tomato plants. The company is planning to open four new rooftop greenhouses in Laval, Montreal, Boston and Toronto over the next year. Photo by John Kenney.

Lufa Farms, which opened a 32,000-square-foot greenhouse near the Marché Centrale last year, plans to open two more greenhouses in the Montreal region in 2013

By Monique Beaudin
The Gazette
October 30, 2012

Excerpt:

“Ever since we launched this project, we’ve been overwhelmed with demand from the public,” Hage said. “We believe that by adding our next two farms in Montreal we’ll be able to turn a large number of consumers toward local agriculture.”

Lufa’s existing greenhouse produces between 1,000 to 1,500 pounds of food each day, and delivers 1,000 boxes of food to customers every week. Boxes of food cost between $22 and $42.

The Laval greenhouse would serve 5,000 people per week, while the new Montreal greenhouse would be about the same size as its existing greenhouse or smaller, Hage said.

Hage said Lufa Farms hopes its new kind of urban agriculture can be used in cities around the world.

“We want to show that this is a model not only for Montreal, but for other cities also,” Hage said. “Eventually our vision is to grow produce in multiple cities in multiple countries.”

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