Galeries Lafayette: strawberries on the roof

Paris’ Galeries Lafayette has imported a little bit of nature into one of the busiest areas of the city. The department store has teamed up with Yohan Hubert, agricultural engineer and founder of pioneering company Sous les fraises, to set up a 1000 square-metre surface of soil-less cultures on its roof.

Not a drop of pesticide, herbicide, or chemical fertilizer is to be used, and three beehives harbour 120,000 bees and bumblebees, so the flowers and plants can be foraged daily. This vertical garden is populated by over 150 varieties of edible plants, showing that cities do not have to remain sterile environments.

Strawberries represent the majority of the cultures, and will be sold to a long list of restaurants whose chefs are mindful to help create sustainable cities, while ensuring their ingredients’ provenance is irreproachable.

– Laurence Pasquier

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