Thursday, August 24, 2017
A Montreal IGA store has created Canada's largest organic supermarket green roof garden. The store is also the first Canadian grocery store to sell its own roof garden-grown organic produce.
Located in the city's Saint-Laurent borough, the 25,000-sq.-ft. garden sits atop the IGA extra Famille Duchemin store and is laid out in the shape of the IGA logo so that it can be seen by air travellers.
At a Glance:
- Over 30 different varieties of organic produce certified by Ecocert Canada are grown on the roof – including lettuce, peppers, herbs, tomatoes – and are now available on store shelves until fall.
- The roof is also home to eight Alvéole bee hives, set to produce roughly 600 jars of honey to sell.
- It’s the very first store to use an irrigation system with water recovered from the store's dehumidification system.