Open a few days ago, Nature Urbaine is part of a global race to develop eco-farms in the city, one more step to give an ecological change to the life of Parisians and provide fresh local fruit and vegetables to a population that is finally more attentive to the environment .
Strolling through the vertical crops and gardens, you will discover ra lot of kinds of vegetables. All in a sustainable view and to the most advanced cultivation techniques. Baskets in hand, visitors can pick their favorite vegetables and herbs on their own, eat them directly in the farm's meadows and flower beds, or pack up their groceries and take them home.
Green-fingered Parisians can also rent small gardens in which to grow their own vegetables: citizens have at their disposal small portions of land, on which to try their hand at all sorts of crops, with the support and advice of professional gardeners.
Fourteen thousand square meters of vegetable gardens, orchards, plants and flowers. All this, on the roofs of Paris. Nature Urbaine is the name of the largest metropolitan farm in the world, located in the 15th Arrondissement, on the roofs of the pavilions of the Expo Porte de Versailles exhibition area.
The Metropolitan Farm of Paris
We are talking about an immense green space, capable of producing a thousand kilograms of fruit and vegetables per day, to supply both local businesses and citizens. Not only that, as in all spaces rich in nature, in this urban farm you can also go for a trip to switch off, to walk, relax, admire the fragrant flowers and the view of the Villa Lumiere from above, take a picnic with the Eiffel Tower in the background.
The idea behind it was to create a place that would improve the daily life of the French, giving them a large cool, quiet area, away from traffic, with a view of the city and plenty of clean air to breathe. In fact, the project was created to give citizens and tourists greener, with plants of all kinds, promoting biodiversity and bringing an oasis of peace to the capital.
In fact, Paris is not exactly a natural paradise: it has the highest population density but at the same time the lowest percentage of parks and gardens of any European capital.
Urban agriculture is, of course, not a new phenomenon.
The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, aims to have at least 100 hectares of roofs, walls and facades in the city covered with vegetation in a couple of years, with several urban gardens scattered around the capital. There is also a program called Les Parisculteurs, which invites locals to present green projects to make the capital more liveable. A new, ecological and natural way of imagining the city of tomorrow. In short, a green future lies ahead.