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By Jade Boivin

After watching a documentary about global warming, I’m sitting on my couch with my glass of wine and I feel powerless. Even though I’m glad to wear my cute boots and my leather jacket earlier each spring, I can’t help but to be overwhelmed with guilt. I know that this hot weather in winter time—which has become a regular thing for the last decade—is one of the many signs of global warming. Plus, it is generally accompanied by smug, a real problem for the elderly and asthmatic people.

So, after these depressing thoughts, what can I do to improve the world, to make it a little greener? What can I change in my daily life in order to stop polluting?

These are the same questions the founders of the Lufa Farms asked themselves. Sustainable and local agriculture was their answers. In 2011, the company was the first ever to build a commercial rooftop greenhouse. Their goal was to improve people’s eating habits by growing food locally. Their two farms, both on Montreal’s rooftops, are based on the principle of sustainable agriculture. It means that the company uses recycled water, while optimizing energy use. Plus, they don’t use any synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fungicides.

Maybe you are like me and you love strolling around farmers’ market to buy local products but you don’t have much time to do it on a weekly basis.

Well, Lufa Farms is a great option for you. They sell baskets with fresh products grown on their urban rooftop farms and harvested the morning you receive it. Plus, if you want to discover more local products, you can add teas, coffees, different types of honey and other goodies to your basket. How does it work? You don’t have to harvest the fruits and vegetables yourself. They have many points of delivery in every part of the city. You sign up online and choose what will be in your basket and you just pick it up to the closest drop out point in your area.

Like Aladin and Jasmine would say :

The salvation of local agriculture is really a needed if we want to make a change. If enough people put their mind to it, we can truly make a difference. The farm-to-fork initiative in Detroit is a great example. After the city was devastated by the recession, the citizens started to grow their own food. What began as a small-scale initiative is becoming a movement.

So don’t underestimate the difference your daily decisions have on our planet. One basket at a time, we all have the power to make a change !

If you don’t live in Montreal, there are other similar initiatives like this one in Brooklyn, in Tokyo and even in Rotterdam. More and more local farms are created and if you google them, I’m pretty sure you could find one close to home.

Apart from eating nice veggies and fruits and making a difference one little step at a time, what do you have to lose?

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Photos credit: Lufa Farms’ blog

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March 23, 2017