What is urban farming?
Urban farming is all over the media, it’s all the rage at the moment. Born in Detroit in the USA, urban farming* can be defined as a set of actions whereby abandoned land can be farmed to create community vegetable gardens.
In Rout Lëns, it’s the “Merci Raymond” community group that will be in charge of this kind of farming. The goal is to create a fertile ecosystem in which farmers can feed a neighbourhood with as short a supply chain as possible. This plot of land of about 6,000m2 that has been set aside for this purpose will be developed to supply a proportion of the population with fruit and vegetables. The urban farm also plays an educational role, offering workshops and training courses.
The market garden project is designed to be ecological and sustainable. That’s why it will be using permaculture. This approach is designed to establish a resilient, autonomous and productive ecosystem by bringing a number of specific living species together.
At the heart of it all: healthy land
Creating an urban farm on a brownfield site requires a number of precautions. The first step involves checking the quality of the soil to make sure that the food produced is going to be safe.
Can we be sure that the fruit and vegetables grown will be edible and comply with the right standards?
This is not something that can be taken lightly, which is why we called upon the Lingenheld Environnement and Microhumus consortium. Microhumus, a Lorraine-based company specialising in soil engineering and phytomanagement, fully understands the issues relating to sites once used by the steel industry and the agronomic regeneration of degraded soil.