|Lufa Farms- The Perfect Example of an Ecopreneur|
|Written by Madiha Boolani, Four Green Steps|
|Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00|
The business dictionary defines an ecopreneur as an “Entrepreneur who creates and sells environmentally friendly products and services including organic food, recycling efforts, or green construction.” One such ecopreneur is Mohamed Hage. Mohamed Hage had a vision. He wanted a city full of rooftop farms. And so to fulfill this vision, he founded Lufa farms.
Lufa farms is a privately held company that grows high-quality produce, year around, for sale & delivery to neighbourhood consumers within 24 hours of harvest. What sets LUFA farms apart from other farms is their farming method. Their produce is grown in urban greenhouses constructed on leased rooftops of commercial buildings. The greenhouses provide a controlled environment comprised of light, temperature, water soil and nutrients. The produce is grown organically and no herbicides or pesticides are used.
Lufa farms are a perfect example of a green company. They make use of rooftops which would have otherwise been lost to urban development. Greenhouses on rooftops help combat the warming of our cities. They also produce local fresh food hence reducing transportation time and their carbon footprint. Furthermore organic farming methods are used and hence food baskets that are sold to consumers are organic and chemical free! The greenhouses are so constructed in an eco friendly way to minimize heating costs and energy usage.
It’s a win-win situation for the rooftop owners, Lufa farms and the individual consumers and restaurant chefs who live, work or shop in Lufa greenhouse neighbourhoods.
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