Vancouver rooftop farm announces first retail grocery customer

Alterrus Systems Inc. has announced the first retail grocery customer of its Local Garden produce, which is being grown in North America's first VertiCrop urban ...

Alterrus Systems Inc. has announced the first retail grocery customer of its Local Garden produce, which is being grown in North America's first VertiCrop urban farming system on the rooftop of a downtown Vancouver parking lot.

SPUD.ca, a local online grocery delivery service with locations in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, will be offering Local Garden produce to its Vancouver customers within the next few weeks.

"We're impressed with not only the produce but the way it's grown," said SPUD.ca CEO Peter van Stolk. "Through this partnership, we truly meet our own objectives of sourcing local, sustainable produce."

Local Garden, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alterrus, has also made commitments to supply its produce to several Vancouver-area restaurants, including:

  • Hawksworth;
  • Whet;
  • Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill;
  • Fable Restaurant;
  • Boneta; and
  • Cibo.

Construction of the rooftop farming system began in August.

Alterrus' Local Garden greenhouse uses less than 10% of the water required for traditional field agriculture. Excess water is recycled. Because of this and the fact its customers are local, the company calls its carbon footprint "minimal."

ecrawford@biv.com

@EmmaCrawfordBIV

comments powered by Disqus

Also Read

More From Agriculture

Golden Mile winery owners defended their properties against a fast-moving wildfire

Read Article

Bremner Foods gets $50,000 to market itself through new branding and advertising

Read Article

Early harvest after hot, dry months is sweet for some growers, sour for others

Read Article

Trans-Pacific Partnership will put industry at disadvantage, stakeholders say

Read Article

Many blueberries burst following sudden rain though weather was great for potatoes, vegetables

Read Article

Subscribe to our mailing lists

* indicates required

Newsletters

* You can modify your newsletter subscriptions at the bottom of any newsletter you receive.
×