Downstairs is the crowded Culture and Sports Square while upstairs is the greenery of fruits and vegetables. Such a big contrast appeared in Xinxiangyuan Community, Loumen Street, Gusu District. On February 16, a group of urbanites picked vegetables in the 100 square meters “city roof farm”. 12 species of vegetables like carrot, lettuce and crown daisy made everyone’s mouth water.
“Making use of the rooftop to raise green plants or fruits and vegetables can maintain the rural feelings in the city and improve the urban environment.” Xu Qianzhi, Party Secretary of Xinxiangyuan Community, said that the “roof farm” was opened on September 25, 2014 and was the first of its type in Gusu District. As soon as the farm opened, it became popular among the residents in the community. The farm adopted organic soilless planting technique, continuously offering organic fertilizers to the vegetables. The light soil and the planter boxes made of abandoned tyres and stone blocks do not apply much load on the roof.
Most of the vegetables picked on February 16were sent to the old living alone and other disadvantaged ones in Xinxiangyuan Community.