Rooftop vegetable farms with a view

Rooftop vegetable farms with a view

Rooftop vegetable farms with a view

Pascal Hardy dives into a dense, green forest of leaves. Basil, mint, and parsley sprout on his right in long columns more than two meters high. Heads of lettuce grow to his left. “This is the future of our cities,” says the 57-year-old agronomist and nips the last strawberries of the season from their stalks a few rows down. “No pesticides, low water and energy requirements, short distances to the consumer and zero additional land consumption,” says Hardy, while looking out over the sea of ​​houses in Paris from the flat roof of a municipal swimming pool.

The abundant harvest up here has spurred him on: Hardy is currently planning the world’s largest rooftop farm on the south-western outskirts of the city at the Porte de Versailles.