In the framework of Parisculteurs, the city of Paris, the real estate subsidiary of the RATP and the start-up Aéromate have inaugurated a new urban agriculture project in the 12th arrondissement of Paris.
Urban agriculture is gaining ground in Paris. In the framework of the first call Parisculteurs the objective of which is to devote 33 hectares for urban agriculture, by 2020, a new farm has been inaugurated on 11 July 2017 in the 12th arrondissement of the capital. Penelope Komitès, assistant to the Mayor of Paris in charge of green Spaces, Nature and Biodiversity, Catherine Baratti-Elbaz, the Mayor of the 12th district and Guillemette Karpelès, Director of the SEDP, a real estate subsidiary of the RATP, presented “The Farm Lachambeaudie”.
The RATP, with the SEDP, its subsidiary engineering and management real estate, has responded in 2016 at the first call for projects Parisculteurs by proposing to the terrace roof of the medical centre of Lachambeaudie.
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From march 2017, the start-up Aéromate, specializing in urban agriculture, occupies 450 m2 of vegetable crops in hydroponics, while increasing biodiversity. “The wide variety of crops : fruit, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers allows the development of many pollinators“, explained the project managers. They also stated that this production must be “sold to the agents RATP site as well as the merchants and restaurateurs of the area“. The cultivation and harvesting are performed in part by persons in vocational and social integration formed by Aéromate. The expected production is of 31 tons of fruits and vegetables per year.