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Sustainable Urban Farming at Sky Towers

Planting of winter crops in the raised garden beds within the Sky Towers greenhouse

In the midst of the multiple crises Lebanon is going through, achieving food security for urban dwellers has become a priority. However, it’s important that this food is produced in a sustainable way that preserves natural resources and boosts biodiversity.

Gardening beds being prepared

Back in June 2020, FHF in collaboration with ESDU and CIBCO (Real Estate Beirut) initiated work on a sustainable urban farming project in the Sky Towers residential complex in New Doha. The project aims to  showcase sustainable farming in an urban setting, and includes different farming components such as the production of fresh fruits and vegetables, aromatic plants, free-range egg production and compost.

FHF team assessing the site in the early stages of the project

The sustainable project will also involve hiking trails in the pine forest around the complex and is expected to offer workshops on permaculture and organic production to amateurs. The residents of the towers will not only have access to healthy greens, but will also contribute to compost making by sorting their trash after receiving a training from FHF experts.

The sustainable urban farming project is expected to be completed in early 2021.

Clearing of debris in the pine forest on the project site
Composting unit on the project site
Public seating area in the pine forest surrounding Sky Towers
Gravel path leading to the entrance of one of the greenhouses
Raised garden beds in between Sky Towers and the greenhouse
Greenhouse vegetable garden on the project site
Sustainable gardening beds on the project site
ESDU agricultural engineer Towfik Gharzedine looking after the greenhouse vegetable garden
Plant irrigation system on the project site
Organic tomatoes growing in the greenhouse
Green chili peppers growing in the greenhouse

The Food Heritage Foundation receives the Green Phoenix Trophy of Sustainable Development

The Green Phoenix certificate 2016
The Green Phoenix certificate 2016 

On May 26th 2016, the Food Heritage Foundation was awarded the Green Phoenix Trophies of Sustainable Development for its food tourism project darb el karam.

This award is part of the 2016 Lebanese Sustainable Development Contest organized by LEBA association – France in collaboration with the Union of Jezzine Municipalities and ESIB (Ecole Supérieure des Ingénieurs de Beyrouth.

The ceremony was held at ESIB in Mansourieh where the competing finalists presented their projects. FHF president Eng. Mabelle Chedid, accompanied by the food trail coordinator in West Bekaa Mrs. Petra Rassi, attended the event and received the award.

The Green Phoenix Trophy 2016
The Green Phoenix Trophy 2016

darb el karam – Food Heritage Trail is a network of 9 villages in the West Bekaa and Higher Shouf promoting food and agricultural heritage through tourism. The network aims to highlight the seasonality and locality of foods and crops, the traditional processing methods and most importantly, the generosity of the hosts.

This generosity trail invites its visitors to meet the shepherd, the farmer and the food producer, participate in harvesting and pastoral activities and taste local culinary specialties. darb el karam aims to raise awareness about the origin of a food product or a traditional dish and its cultural and emotional ties to the destination.

On darb el karam, meet the farmer and eat traditional food
On darb el karam, meet the farmer and eat traditional food (Olive season in West Bekaa)