Paris will be home to the Europe’s largest urban farm in 2020

You’ve already heard about many of the plans to add green spaces to the rooftops of Paris, specifically for reducing heat.

The City of Light’s latest plan, expected to be completed by Spring 2020: installing a giant 14,000m² farm in the 15th arrondissement…or rather, above it. In fact, it’ll be located on the rooftops of the Parc des Expositions. Cause it’s the only Parisian complex capable of accommodating a farm with this surface area.

 

As you sow, so shall you reap

The hope is that this farm will have the capacity of producing a ton of fruits and vegetables per day*.

This vegetable garden will contain nearly 30 different plant species, all cultivated through organic farming.

Pesticide and chemical-free crops for promoting biodiversity, according to Pascal Hardy.

The founder of Agripolis, the urban agricultural company behind the project, plans to use these crops to meet the needs of locavores from neighboring municipalities. The goal is to supply nearby stores and cafeterias in the southwestern part of Paris.

 

It’s a great initiative that will result in:

  • an economic gain whose exact amount has not yet been disclosed.
  • savings on logistical costs from choosing locavore channels- particularly with regard to reducing the carbon footprint and maintaining a stable level of self-sufficiency.
  • the development of organic farming. Indeed, the issue of ecology has never been as important as in the past ten years. And public authorities are implementing concrete measures to take the environment into account and return to nature.

 

Be your own farmer

Pascal Hardy thus reaffirms the guiding principle of this farm. And of that of the smart city which is to “contribute to strengthening the environmental and economic resilience of tomorrow’s cities”.

This large farm is proof. Residents are not just beneficiaries of this project. They’ll be able to access this atypical space via educational visits through the City Hall of Paris and through plots of land available for rent.

It’s also worth recalling that urban and peri-urban horticulture (UPH), though still not well-recognized, tends to develop in expanding cities and especially in smart cities.

 

The smart city will eliminate the differences between urban cities and rural towns

When we talk about smart cities, we all too often associate them with urban ideologies… As if this concept could only be considered within the framework of an urban network.

However, we see today that to be a smart city, there needs to be a return to fundamentals. To be smart, you must be green. In other words, to be smart, we should be ecological!

As proof, in France and around the world, we no longer count the number of projects whose vocation, beyond providing green space, is to introduce inclusive agricultural projects in the heart of the city. Let’s recall the most significant projects in The Hague, Detroit and Shanghai. And in France, to name just two:

  • the vertical greenhouse in Romainville (opening in late 2019)
  • the rooftop gardens at the Gare du Nord (expected to open in time for the 2024 Olympics)…

 

If France isn’t a pioneer in this domain, we can at least say that gardening culture is on the rise in the French capital!

 *(This estimate is on the high end)

To read: Gare du Nord, a Smart City project within Paris