A while ago I went to visit Lufa Farms Headquarters in Montreal, Quebec. In 2011, Lufa Farms built the world’s first commercial rooftop greenhouse. They now have two rooftop locations in Montreal and are looking to build a third. It was really awesome to go visit the greenhouse and hear how everything works. First off, they don’t use soil to grow their fruits and vegetables. They use coconut fibre! Due to the fact that they don’t use soil, their products are not considered organic in Canada, because the mined nutrient salts used in hydroponics are nonrenewable. Secondly, they recirculate 100% of their water as well as use rain and storm water. Thirdly, instead of using pesticides to take care of pests, they use biological controls. This method works by having living organisms throughout the greenhouse. For example, they use ladybugs to control aphids that damage plants. Lufa Farms also saves energy, reduces fossil fuel consumption, and composts to prevent waste from ending up in landfills.
What I love about Lufa Farms, is that everything is fresh and local. You order all your fruits and vegetables online and they will pack it at 5:00am the same morning that you receive your basket. They do not deliver directly to your home, but there are hundreds of pick up points all over Montreal. I’m lucky enough to have the greenhouse 10 minutes away from my home, so I can pick it up there!
For more information about Lufa Farms visit their website: http://montreal.lufa.com/en