Montreal-based agricultural company Lufa Farms is bringing a rooftop greenhouse to the neighbourhood of Saint-Laurent. The company claims that the next rooftop greenhouse in Montreal will be the largest rooftop farm in the world.

The greenhouse will cover 163,800 square feet, the equivalent of nearly three entire football fields. It will also be built on top of an industrial rooftop.

"With each greenhouse, we hold ourselves to an ever-higher standard for sustainable design," Lauren Rathmell, co-founder and greenhouse director said in a release.

"Our new farm will be the most energy efficient to date and integrate all our learnings from the last ten years to responsibly grow more vegetables for Lufavores year-round."

The company's main goal for the greenhouse, as stated in their press release, is "growing food where people live and doing so sustainably."

According to Lufa's website, the company does not intend for rooftop greenhouses to replace traditional farming, and they continue to work with local farmers to sell products through their online marketplace.

The newest greenhouse will have waste-reducing features such as closed-loop irrigation and on-site composting systems. They will also grow eggplants and more than 10 kinds of tomatoes without the use of synthetic pesticides.

"This rooftop greenhouse will double our growing capacity and allow us to feed 2% of Montreal with fresh, local vegetables," Mohamed Hage, co-founder and CEO of Lufa said in a release.

"It's an unbelievable step forward for hyper-local, sustainable urban farming."

Alan DeSousa, mayor of Saint-Laurent, expressed his excitement at the latest greenhouse project, saying, "This greenhouse will facilitate residents' access to local, sustainably-grown products and further promote healthy habits."

Montreal is, of course, a city that loves its food. Canada's first Time Out Market opened there on November 14.

McGill University even had a major controversy over something you might not suspect: samosas.

It's also apparently one of the best Canadian cities if you're the kind of person who eats at restaurants alone.

Lufa's newest Greenhouse project was started in September 2019 and coincided with the company's tenth anniversary.

Construction on the rooftop greenhouse is expected to be completed by March 2020


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