In Paris, organic farming takes over vacant parking lots – City Farmer News Urban Planning

The underground car park has clear advantages over limestone cavities for mushroom cultivation, since the weather is permanently and precisely controlled and the thermal stability is improved. [photo: Aline Robert]

With the start-up project “La Caverne”, Cycloponics recovers these urban areas and uses them to grow a lot of organic vegetables.

By Aline Robert | translated by Daniel Eck
February 12, 2020


Although growing 200 kilos of organic vegetables a day for delivery to local grocery stores in Paris is quite a challenge, Jean-Noël Gertz and Théo Champagnat have been taking it on since 2017.

At the Porte de la Chapelle in Paris, the two built a 3,500 m2 urban farm underground on a former parking lot.

In Strasbourg, however, the young man initially had the idea of ​​using underground facilities. “There are bunkers everywhere. I started with a room of 150 m2. But the Strasbourgers hesitated to give up their parking spaces? Said Jean-Noël Gertz, one of the two founders of Cycloponics.

Gertz and Champagnat therefore replied to tenders from Paris, whose empty parking spaces were occupied by consumers and crack dealers. It’s been more than two years since “organic crack replaced” and about fifteen jobs have been created.

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