Urban rooftop farming as a source of inspiration and learning …
In this video you will learn some rooftop farming tips from the experts at PAKT, in the centre of Antwerp, a mid-size European city. PAKT is a unique collaboration between creative entrepreneurs and urban farmers. Together, they have set up a vibrant ecosystem in, around and on top of a series of renovated warehouses in the heart of Antwerp.
PAKT inspires communities, companies, schools… with innovative, low-tech, circular and edible greenery. PAKT narrows the gap between urban consumers and their food sources, create more green spaces in the city and promote awareness. By contributing to the realisation of new urban greenery in various cities, PAKT cultivates a breeding ground for urban growth. PAKT was founded by 3 entrepreneurs. In 2006, they fell in love with the derelict warehouses hidden between the centre of Antwerp and the old military hospital (nowadays “Groen Kwartier”). Before the start of the renovations, they decided to make the location available to various artists and musicians, resulting in a colourful and lively atmosphere. Inspired by similar places in Berlin or New York, they created a unique ecosystem where work is combined with sports, leisure and … urban farming. In 2017, a mix of 25 businesses established themselves on the new PAKT site. Chefs, brewers, baristas, coffee roasters, models, sports enthusiasts, digital centipedes and sustainable initiatives found their way to the site. A different universe was born in the heart of Antwerp. In 2017, some 100 people from the neighbourhood started to grow their own vegetables and herbs on the rooftops. Soon, other urban farmers joined the cooperative. Today, some farmers are working together to sell their local products in Antwerp, using PAKT as their base.
We’re hoping you get inspired by these practical rooftop farming tips from the experts in the centre of a large city. Urban farming tips as an inspiration for adventurous city dwellers.
For more info https://www.pakt-antwerpen.be/en
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