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Lufa Farm is building a third greenhouse in Montreal starting this year

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Second Lufa farm in Laval. Lufa Farm’s urban rooftop greenhouse uses state-of-the-art technology and design to use 50 percent less energy than a ground-level greenhouse. See more photos here.

“By the end of 2014, we’re hoping to feed 7,000 people each week in the greater Montreal area.”

by Gerry Weaver
The Produce News
March 27, 2014

Excerpts:

“We’re building a third greenhouse in Montreal starting this year. By the end of 2014, we’re hoping to feed 7,000 people each week in the greater Montreal area. We’re planning to deliver to more than 200 locations, including new pick-up points within a 30 mile radius of the farm,” said Figlioli. “Our next Montreal project will allow us to feed an additional 4,000 people year-round, and we are looking to expand to several new cities in the next few years.”

The second greenhouse is 43,000 square feet and located in Laval, Quebec. Lufa Farms, Le Groupe Montoni Division Construction, Inc. of Laval, and KUBO, a greenhouse manufacturing company from the Netherlands, collaborated on the construction.

“The structure uses an innovative venting system to control pests and temperature and to optimize vital sunlight. The greenhouse also has a recirculating irrigation system for water and surface condensation,” said Lufa Farms spokeswoman Lisa Figlioli.

The company applied the lessons they learned from opening the world’s first commercial rooftop greenhouse in 2011, particularly in the areas of greenhouse design, efficient resource consumption, polyculture crop management and alternate distribution channels. Lufa’s rooftop greenhouses use controlled environment agriculture and hydroponic growing methods. One hundred percent of water is recirculated, no synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides are used and greenwaste is composted on-site.

The urban rooftop greenhouse uses 50 percent less energy than a traditional greenhouse.

Read the complete article here.