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Europe’s first rooftop farm ‘Dakakker’ in Rotterdam shows the sky’s the limit for Urban Agriculture, connecting people with their food & their community, whilst also helping to cool down the city and manage rainwater in the smartest possible way.
The Dakakker in Rotterdam includes a smart-roof test site for water collection and management, while vegetables, edible flowers & fruit are grown and roof bees are kept.
The DakAkker is a model for other rooftop farms
The DakAkker is a 1000 m2 rooftop farm on top of the Schieblock in Rotterdam in The Netherlands. Vegetables, edible flowers and fruit are grown and bees are kept on the DakAkker — the largest open-air roof farm in the Netherlands and one of the largest in Europe. Some of its innovative features include a sensor-equipped smart roof, a much larger water storage capacity than is usual for rooftop gardens, and six beehives. The Dakakker adds multiple values to the city such as nature and biodiversity while acting as an insulation layer and drastically reducing the number of food miles. Brought to you in partnership with SustainableUrbanDelta.
Organic fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs are grown on the Dakakker and honey bees are kept in hives. Wouter Bauman, nature and spactial planning consultant at the Rotterdam Environmental Center and also beekeeper affiliated with the Ambrosius Beekeepers Guild, is responsible for the management of the DakAkker, together with a large group of enthusiastic volunteers. Source: Facebook/DakAkkers
For growing the crops, rainwater is collected and used. Bistro ‘Op het Dak’, located on the roof, uses the superfresh harvest of the Dakakker in the menus. Vegetables, fruits are also delivered to local hotels and restaurants. This makes the Dakakker a good example of adding green sustainable value to hospitality. Source:MS Fotografie
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