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Ecological Urban Greenhouse

build a pilot greenhouse for ecological urban market gardening

Committed to environmental protection, the Air Liquide Foundation is helping to build a pilot greenhouse for ecological urban market gardening through the association La Ferme du Quartier.

Project Identity 

Project initiator: La Ferme du Quartier Year of support: 2015
Location: Senlis, Picardie, France Air Liquide sponsor: Marie-Emmanuelle Serain, Air Liquide CO2 Europe


Local market gardening: an ecological challenge for the 21st century

The pollution caused by conventional farming, the population's high level of urbanization, and food waste encourage the development of environmentally friendly local market gardening using organic waste.

Urban farming greenhouse pilot project

According to the dynamics of a circular economy, La Ferme du Quartier wants to combine aquaculture and integrated farming within a 100 m² urban farming greenhouse. Freshwater lobsters are placed in trays under the plants and fed with organic waste from collective catering in particular. The nutrients produced by the crustaceans are then absorbed by the plants, which helps them grow. Small-scale prototypes have already been successfully experimented.

This experiment is being carried out in the premises of CEEBIOS (Centre Européen d’Excellence en Biomimétisme - European Center for Excellence in biomimetism) on its site in Senlis, north of Paris.

The contribution of the Air Liquide Foundation

The Air Liquide Foundation is contributing to the pilot urban greenhouse project by financing its construction, and by buying among others irrigation and heating systems.