Here in Vancouver, on a rooftop between pizza slice joints in the downtown core, an EasyPark parking garage prepares to balance its ecological mandate by converting its roof to a 5,700 square foot vertical garden able to grow over 80 variety of of leafy greens for human consumption.
It was reported this week that the rooftop farm is expected to produce more than 150,000 pounds of pesticide- and herbicide-free food annually; not only that, but it will use less than 10% of the water required for field farming, and all of its excess water of that will be recycled. Protected against environmental and man-induced factors that yield other methods of safe food growth useless, the plants will be able to flourish year round in rain or shine or rain…or rain. Once its crops yield product, the produce will be sold to Vancouverites under the brand Local Garden.
Written by Jessica Linnay