This 10,000-square-meter farm in Chongqing may look ordinary at glance, but it actually occupies a factory rooftop.
The factory official Lu Xiaoqing said that the company came up with the idea because “It would be a waste if we left the big rooftop unused.”
“That’s why we created a farming project that involves our staff,” Lu said.
According to China Daily, the building is perfectly capable of supporting the weight of the farm and has been waterproofed to prevent any possible leaks.
The factory’s staff members grow crops and raise livestock and poultry. Volunteer employees are in charge of different parts of the farm, and as soon as the vegetables and fruits are ready for harvest, they can take them home for free.
Land resources in China’s large cities continue to diminish due to urban development, resulting in limited land space to be used for gardening.
A number of cities have tried out rooftop greening with great success. The gross area of green rooftops in Beijing reached up to 1.2 million square meters in 2012, the Beijing Rooftop Landscaping Association said.
The trend is not only reserved for farming. An elementary school in Zhejiang province last year installed a 200-meter-long running track on its roof as a way to save space.
By Tanto Chen
[Images via ECNS]