Philippines: FarmTop take urban agri to new heights

Doing its share to help the country achieve food security while addressing environmental challenges, Robinsons Offices, one of the country’s leading providers of quality, flexible workspaces, has partnered with lifestyle brand FarmTop for the development of “sky farms” or soilless vegetable gardens on building roof-decks.

The joint initiative promotes technologically enhanced but sustainable agriculture. It also adheres to the “Farm-to-Plate” concept, where produce is grown as close as possible to where they are consumed, typically within a 5-kilometer radius, to minimize the carbon footprint that traditional farm-to-market routes would typically entail.

The project envisions the setup of strategically located sky farms atop office buildings around the country, where crops are cultivated through hydroponics or soilless farming in a controlled environment. The method, which also does away with conventional pesticides, is also described as “post-organic” as it reduces the risk of attacks from soil-based pests and weeds.

Company officials led by JG Summit president and chief executive officer Lance Gokongwei formally unveiled the project’s first rooftop farm—and enjoyed its first harvest—on Oct. 10 at Robinsons Cyberscape Alpha in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.


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