An IGA grocery store in Montreal unveiled a new project on its roof Wednesday, The Huffington Post reports. The store's roof has been converted into a garden that covers 25,000 feet, most of it shaped to look like the IGA logo.
According to their press release, all the produce grown in the rooftop garden is certified organic, and the water used for the irrigation comes from a resourceful dehumidification system. The roof will also be housing eight Alvéole beehives, which will produce an estimated 600 jars of honey this season, in addition to their usual duties as farm pollinators.
Inspired by customers' interest in supporting local economies and food production, they're the first Canadian grocery store to grow its own produce with this system. Richard Duchemin, the store’s co-owner, told the Montreal Gazette that they decided to act on that interest in an ecologically sustainable way.
“People are very interested in buying local,” he said. “There’s nothing more local than this.”
Duchemin also seems to think that the model this IGA is presenting could be taken to other grocery stores, or any place that relies on fresh food for business.
“Why don’t supermarkets plant vegetables on their roofs? Some restaurants have little boxes where they grow herbs,” he said. “We pushed it further because we know we’re able to sell what we produce here.”