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Huge Greenhouse Taking Shape Atop Two-Storey Office Building In Montreal

November 11, 2010: 09:22 PM EST

Construction of a 31,000-square-foot commercial greenhouse atop a two-story office building in Montreal, Canada, is almost finished. Developers of the project say planting could begin in January and the first harvest reaped six weeks after that. Urban farming, including rooftop gardening, are not a new phenomenon, but the large scale of the Montreal project sets it apart from previous efforts. The idea is to provide fresh produce for the community all year long, regardless of weather conditions. One of the entrepreneurs working on the project says food shipped thousands of miles is handled at many stages. The shipping affects taste and freshness. "Our goal simply is to be a neighborhood food source and raise the bar on the issue of traceability,” he says.

Leslie Guevarra, "A Vision for a Commercial-Scale Rooftop 'Farm' Nears Completion", GreenBiz, November 11, 2010, © GreenBiz Group
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