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When Farm & Grocery Store Merge

Touch the Soil News #999 (Feature photo – The Duchemin Brothers who merged their rooftop organic farm with their grocery store – photo courtesy of IGA Extra Famille Duchemin)

A grocery store that grows the produce it sells on the roof of the store is a first for Canada. It came about when the IGA Extra Famille Duchemin grocery store was – as a part of a larger urban effort – required to install a green roof. Located in the Burrough of Ville Saint Laurent in Montreal, Canada, the urban farm is now making news.

According to the Montreal Gazette, the owners of the grocery store decided to make an organic urban farm on the roof. Now, more than 30 different kinds of produce are grown on the 25,000 square-foot roof – and all of it is organic. You can read the full story here:

http://montrealgazette.com/business/local-business/an-iga-in-montreal-is-growing-its-own-vegetables-on-the-roof

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