2009, Montreal, Canada
| Mohamed Hage (Founder, CEO)
Kurt Lynn (Founding Member, Vice President)
Lauren Rathmell (Founding Member, Greenhouse Director)
Yahya Badran (Founding Member, Director of Engineering)
Subscription-based food ecommerce
Lufa Farms is an agricultural and technology company located in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville neighborhood of Montreal, Quebec. It is reputed to have built the world's first commercial greenhouse on the roof of a building. The company's first Montreal greenhouse began operations in early 2011. Its second greenhouse, located in Laval, opened in late 2013.
Lufa Farms Wikipedia
Lufa Farms specializes in new agricultural technologies in urban zones. In 2009, Mohamed Hage founded the company and brought on a team consisting of Lauren Rathmell, Kurt Lynn, and Yahya Badran, which built the first rooftop greenhouse in early 2011. Lufa Farms' headquarters is located beneath its first greenhouse at 1400 Antonio-Barbeau Street, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Covering an area of 31,000 square feet, Lufa Farms produces vegetables year-round for more than 3,000 people in the greater Montreal area. The farms produce forty varieties of vegetables grown without synthetic pesticides, capturing rainwater, and recirculating irrigation water. The company delivers more than 2,000 baskets per week, or about 700 pounds of produce per day.
Lufa Farms' relies on a direct-to consumer business model, which minimizes the transport of food. Unlike traditional greenhouses, Lufa Farms recreates several microclimates to provide the quality and productivity of cultivars. According to the founder of Lufa Farms, Mohamed Hage, "If we were using the roofs of 19 shopping centers in Montreal, we could make the city self-sufficient."
A second greenhouse of 43,000 square feet opened September 2013 in Laval. This facility was built in conjunction with the Dutch greenhouse manufacturer KUBO. Lufa Farms plans to export the model to the United States in the near future, targeting cities including Boston.C2-MTL, Creative answers to commercial questions contest.
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