Tomatoes on the roof

terredemonacoTerre de Monaco is launching a crowdfunding campaign to cultivate roof gardens in Monaco.

Jessica Sbaraglia, founder of a new business that envisions growing lettuce or tomatoes on building rooftops in the Principality, says; “The campaign will last 60 days and I hope to raise €25,000 to fund all the basic materials needed for these urban gardens.”

In 2014, Jessica took a photo of Fontvieille from above and saw that the business district with all its flat rooftops would be particularly fertile ground for Made in Monaco agriculture. And the bulk of plots could be used for local consumption.

Educated in Switzerland, where her parents have 1000m2 of land that during the summer harvested enough produce to live off, Jessica finds gardening therapeutic and it teaches her patience. She explains that the urban garden trend, as seen in Paris, Singapore and the US is “very fashionable”.

Terre de Monaco is one of ten projects that emerged from the second edition of Startup Weekend Monaco in 2015.