More people are living in cities than ever before, and some believe that 66 per cent of the world’s population will be urban by 2050. As urbanization increases, encroaching onto rural areas currently used for agriculture, researchers are looking for ways to create more livable cities and boost local food supplies. On the rooftop of the Palais des congrès de Montréal, researchers are experimenting with new techniques in urban farming at the Urban Agriculture Lab. Situated on 33,500 square feet…
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Local food in an urban setting: Why a rooftop vegetable garden makes sense
Neatly tucked away under a tidy pergola, rows upon rows of fresh green herbs peek up from their pots and arch towards the clear downtown sky. Basil, thyme, rosemary, lavender, parsley and myriad other herbs bask in the heat of their new home, high atop the roof of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It started as a bit of a dream, which became a concept, and then a project. Just a few weeks ago, the doors to the roof were opened and the rooftop garden was finally planted.
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