Lufa Farms represents the reinstatement of urban agriculture in a food system like the one in Quebec, Canada.
The idea consists in sustainably growing fruits and vegetables where people live without contributing to greenhouse gases and agricultural-linked pollution. They offer a large variety of organic products such as meat, dairy products and « ugly » fruits and vegetables, like SecondLife. In 2011, Lufa is the first commercial farm in the world to be built on a rooftop. Their second greenhouse was built in 2013 on the rooftops of Montreal’s little sister: Laval.
« Through innovation and technology, we are striving to change the way cities eat »
The serial entrepreneur Mohamed Hage is surrounded by engineers, environmentalists, scientists and marketers in the creation of one of the most innovative and sustainable projects in Montreal. The project encourages:
- consuming freshly picked products
- a local agricultural production, which reduces useless transport of essential foods
- an organic production (without pesticides, herbicides, fungicides NI) and a better use of compost and organic matter
- the idea that there is no need to use/pollute more lands to grow crops
- agricultural autonomy and energetic efficiency (solar panels)
- the use of rain water, how it can be saved and recycled
Montréal: A sustainable example
To ensure an effective agricultural system, it is important to develop a certain expertise and adapted technologies based upon quantitative data. Adapting its technique over the years, Lufa Farms wants to set a worldwide example of how a sustainable, organic and commercially viable project can be set up in a city.
- Beautify and transform the urban environment
- Reducing Montreal’s urban heat island
- Recycling and shift towards a permaculture system
- Having access to cheaper and local products