Chinese school boasts organic rooftop farm

An elementary school in Hangzhou, China is growing a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables on its roof. The organic rooftop farm covers an area of more than 2,000 square metres.

The rooftop farm was designed by a team under the supervision of Professor Li Bojun from the Zhejiang Province Agricultural Academy, reports CCTV News on its Facebook page. The farm includes arable land, paddy fields and even an orchard. The fresh produce is used daily in the school canteen to provide the students with pesticide-free meals.

Professor Li told CCTV News that the school’s roof was designed to support the weight capacity of the organic farm: “It can bear 1,000 kilograms per square metre while ordinary apartment roofs can only hold 100 kilograms per square metre.”

The roof garden has the additional benefit of reducing room temperatures in the building’s top floor by 5 to 10 degrees Celsius.

 

Photo credit: CCTV News

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