Urban Farming 2.0

November 7, 2017, 8:00 am
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Supermarkets are finding new ways to show their commitment to locally-grown food.

Delhaize, the leading retailer in Belgium, has launched a vegetable garden and greenhouse on the rooftop of one of its stores in the Brussels area. The produce will be sold in-store and offer customers an opportunity to buy locally. Five kinds of lettuce are currently being grown and tomatoes, eggplants, and zucchini will be added next year. The farm will also serve an educational purpose, offering workshops to schools in 2018.

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Capital Growth – a food growing network – and Food Growing Schools London. Capital Growth supported the creation of 2,012 new food growing spaces in London by the end of 2012. It is now one of the largest urban food growing networks in the world.

It offers training, support and practical help to Londoners wanting to grow their own food.

There are now over 2,500 Capital Growth food growing spaces in London, and over 100,000 Londoners involved in food growing through the network.

Read more at the Capital Growth website.

The winter purslane at the five star Rosewood Hotel in Holborn is excellent. Served immediately after picking, it is sweet and fresh. Amandine Chaignot, the hotel’s Executive Chef, tells me it’s the best crop they’ve ever had. However, I’m not eating it in the marble-walled serenity of the restaurant, but in the wind and drizzle on Rosewood’s roof, where it is grown in one of Bee London’s rooftop gardens.

The Rosewood London is one of three rooftop farms in the part of London that is calling itself Midtown – the pocket of buses, offices and chain food outlets between Bloomsbury, Holborn and Clerkenwell. Another is sandwiched on a terrace on the first floor of an office block and a third is perched on top of Le Cordon Bleu cookery school, which overlooks the gently peaked roof of the British Museum.

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