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Downtownfood, the Leaf Ninja’s, A.B.C and GreenGate Garden Centres have joined forces to take sustainability to a new level. Their mission is to collaborate on a fully integrated urban rooftop garden in order to showcase the versatility and benefits of urban agriculture for our health, community and planet. They have joined to form Calgary’s first urban-agricultural project. Their mission is to create a fully integrated urban rooftop ecosystem in order to showcase the versatility and sustainability of urban agriculture.

The YYC Urban Agriculture Project will feature over 500 square feet of garden complete with a rooftop apiary, solar powered drip irrigation system and over 30 different herbs, vegetables and fruits.

“Our goal is to showcase the capacity for biodiversity and food production that can exist in urban spaces. It is our hope to inspire others to engage in urban agriculture not only for the sake of our health but for the growth of our community and planet” Darren MacLean Chef and owner of downtownfood.

June 11th we placed 2 colonies of honeybees on the rooftop garden! We are excited to have bees on the site and support the project!

More information at www.yycurbanagproject.ca, or on twitter @urbanagproject

 

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    Posted at 01:10h, 20 June Reply

    […] The second hive, Calgary Food Tours Inc. #2 – A Tasty Bees-ness, was installed as part of the rooftop garden at the restaurant Downtown Food. Beekeeping in an urban jungle is not a new thing; there have been rooftop hives in cities such as New York and Paris for years. However, there are still special considerations in urban cores, such as wind tunnel effects and access to vegetation, which require hives to be closely monitored to ensure that the bees are not struggling unnecessarily. This hive should not have any issues though, as it is in a relatively sheltered location and is less than a kilometer from both the Bow and Elbow river valleys, not to mention many park spaces. It is also part of the important YYC Urban Agriculture Project which features over 500 square feet of garden complete with the rooftop apiary CFTinc’s bees are a part of, a solar-powered drip irrigation system and over 30 different herbs, vegetables and fruits. This is described in more detail here. […]

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