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Gigrow Urban Farms invests $13 million to build its first farm


Food

August 6, 2021
By Maryam Farag


Industries

Gigrow Urban Farms, a new Québec company specializing in sustainable agriculture, announced an investment of $13 million for the construction of its first urban farm.

Located in the Varennes industrial park, this initial 24,000-square-feet facility will become one of Québec’s largest urban agriculture projects.

“Horizontal rotary cultivation is one of the most sustainable solutions for the future of agriculture,” said André Tremblay, President, Gigrow Urban Farms. “We are proud to offer a greener alternative with a carbon footprint as much as five times smaller than other farming methods! Our farms will be operated in a controlled environment that is available 365 days a year. This means we are not dependent on the seasons or the weather. This is a significant step towards Québec’s food autonomy.”

Using their partner Gigrow’s innovative Québec-developed technology, called horizontal rotary garden, Gigrow Urban Farms will eventually produce up to four million heads of lettuce a year, and other plant products, with a system that reduces water use and produces a year-round, contaminant-free and stable crop.

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“The City of Varennes wants to become a benchmark for sustainable development in Québec,” said Martin Damphousse, Varennes Mayor. “We are very pleased to welcome a company like Gigrow Urban Farms, whose mission is perfectly in tune with our city’s values.”