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25 september 2019

Urban agriculture: how cities are reconnecting with the soil

In Aubervilliers, Seine-Saint-Denis, the association Espaces undertook to cultivate crops on the roofs of shopping centres. Two years after the first harvests, it has just extended its cultivable area to 1,500 m²...

Culticime - inauguration passerelle

Urban agriculture passed a milestone in Seine-Saint-Denis on 9 September. The Espaces association, which has been farming on the roof of a shopping centre for three years, has opened a structure that allows it to expand. With the support of the Veolia Foundation, a footbridge has been installed above the inner courtyard of the Fashion Center so that Espaces’ urban farmers can move from one sky terrace to another and develop their business.
 
The aim of CultiCime is both environmental and social. Since 2016, 29 people on social insertion schemes have been working on the site and developing their urban market gardening skills in accordance with organic farming specifications: board preparation, sowing techniques, crop maintenance and harvesting, produce sales, etc. Some 40 varieties of vegetables, fruit and edible flowers have emerged from the ground. A success that is seen in other places too... Espaces also operates an urban micro-farm in Morangis, in the Essonne region.

RESSOURCES :

> Aubervilliers: an urban farm on the rooftops of the Fashion Center (Le Parisien, IN FRENCH)
> Culticime in Aubervilliers