We are pleased to announce the publication of the 5th economic fact sheets on container farming. The production of leafy greens and herbs in containers started around the years 2010 and since the number of container farms around the world has grown rapidly. This economic fact sheet, based on data and information collected from active farms, demonstrates that container farming can be profitable, with a return on investment (ROI) of about 7 years for the profitable cases studied.
Emerging urban agriculture fields include rooftop farming, microgreen production, mushroom production, edible insect reading and indoor food production, and are a particular focus of the the Carrefour de recherche, d’expertise et de transfert en agriculture urbaine (CRETAU).
In order to guide people who wish to start an urban farm project or decision-makers and financial institutions who wish to support them, the CRETAU has developed, over the last years, economic fact sheets in collaboration with dozens of enterprises. Based on business case analyses as well as on data collected from these producers, in various contexts, these fact sheets provide basic information on the potential costs of establishing and operating such a farms. Now five of them are available in English:
Container farm production :
Rooftop production :
Mushroom production :
Microgreen production :
Edible insect production :
Les versions françaises sont disponibles ici : cretau.ca/index.php/ressources/publications/fiches/
Laboratoire sur l’agriculture urbaine (AU/LAB)
For more than 10 years, the Laboratoire sur l’agriculture urbaine (AU/LAB) has established a research and actions platform to mobilize professionals, researchers, decision-makers and entrepreneurs on the subjects of urban agriculture and food. Along with the Carrefour de recherche, d’expertise et de transfert en agriculture urbaine (CRETAU), a research, expertise and knowledge transfer center run by AU/LAB and focussed on commercial urban agriculture in Québec (Canada), the AU/LAB have a provincial (state) and international reach, especially among worldwide francophone communities. The CRETAU is funded by Québec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ).
The translation of these publications have been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.