Urban farming company Lufa Farms boasts the world’s largest commercial rooftop greenhouse in Montreal, Que. and workers at the facility have just unionized.
Lufa built its first greenhouse in 2010 and the company now operates four commercial rooftop greenhouses in Quebec, the latest, a 163,800 sq ft operation in Saint-Laurent that opened last August.
Approximately 15 employees working in the facility have agreed to unionize with the United Food and Commercial Workers.
The latest greenhouse, larger than the other three greenhouses combined that the company operates grows tomatoes and eggplants, producing more than 11,000 kg of food per week.
The urban farming operation operates on responsible agriculture practices; growing polyculture with no synthetic pesticides, capturing rainwater, recirculating irrigation water and maximizing energy efficiency using energy curtains, anti-light pollution blackout curtains, double glass on the perimeter and the passive energy savings of simply being on an urban rooftop.
The new union members are interested in occupational health and safety, promotions, wages and opportunity to have a say in the company, says Sami Dellah, local 501 representative.