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Incubator for roof agriculture

ROOF FOOD was launched in 2014 to give urban dwellers access to healthy, local and seasonal food. From roof to plate. There’s no chain shorter than that.

The driving force behind this project, Sabien Windels, and her team now know perfectly well how to maintain a roof vegetable garden, which crops are best cultivated and how you can turn your harvest into a delicious and trendy catering opportunity. Now that the catering branch of ROOF FOOD has been put on the map, it is time for the next step: help others create and maintain their own roof agricultural projects. We have noticed that many people shy away from this type of agriculture because they worry about the cost and the added value on the one hand, and because they cannot find enough targeted support on the other. This project aims to eliminate these barriers by reaping all the benefits of the circularity of roof farming, thus boosting its productivity. We are convinced this is possible provided good model cases are developed and a one-stop-shop is set up for stakeholders. We aim to take care of the entire process on behalf of clients, from A to Z, through collaboration with specialised partners. These are the two key catalysts to boost the growth and number of roof vegetable gardens.

As part of this project, we will join forces with experienced partners, such as ILVO (the Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food), a partner specialised in sublayers and water management, and PRO Natura/INNEC, an expert in maintenance models and residual flows. The aim is to set up an incubator and develop a blueprint that can help all parties interested in planting and maintaining a vegetable roof garden. In addition to the project partners, we will also invite other relevant partners to join forces with us.

The lessons learned from two cases, as well as the project partners’ extensive experience, should encourage people to plant their own roof gardens and help eliminate any concerns they may have.


Partners Innec, ILVO (Instituut voor Landbouw-, Visserij- en Voedingsonderzoek), ProNatura vzw