The world's largest rooftop greenhouse just opened in Montreal

Aug 26 2020, 10:19 am

Montreal is now home to the largest rooftop greenhouse in the world.

Saint-Laurent’s Lufa Farms has unveiled their fourth commercial rooftop greenhouse, and at 300,000 square feet, it is the largest on the planet.

Lufa Farms now harvests 10 varieties of tomatoes, three kinds of eggplants, and now yields over 25,000 lb of produce every week.

The new greenhouse follows Lufa Farms’ responsible agriculture practices, according to the company’s press release, which includes growing polyculture with no synthetic pesticides, capturing rainwater, recirculating irrigation water, and the “passive energy savings of simply being on an urban rooftop.”

“Growing food where people live is our mission and this greenhouse is an acceleration of that mission, the timing of which couldn’t be any better as we respond to an ever-growing demand for fresh, local, and responsible foods,” says Lauren Rathmell, co-founder and greenhouse director.

Rathmell says that as the world responds to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, local food systems are proving to be essential. She says Lufa Farms doubled its demand since March 2020.

“Growing food locally on rooftops and sourcing from local farming families allowed us to swiftly adjust and respond to this demand. We saw what the future looks like and it’s all about local and sustainable,” says Mohamed Hage, co-founder and CEO.

Since the pandemic, Lufa Farms has launched a seven-day service, tripled its home delivery capacity, welcomed over 200 new employees, and struck deals with 35 new local farmers.

 

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Lufa Farms says its mission is to create a better food system by growing food sustainably on city rooftops while partnering with hundreds of farmers and food markets to give customers fresh, local, and responsible food.

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