We've tallied up some numbers to see where we stand at the end of the year, and we're thrilled to have over 100 Leafy Green Machines operating across the globe, to have 11 new team members serving our expanding network of farmers, and to have collected an unbelievable amount of data on all LGMs. And that's just the beginning...take a look below at the rest of the highlights from 2016.
During the Question and Answer section of the webinar, we got quite a few questions geared directly towards Agora Greens and others for Freight Farms specifically. Below find the top 14 questions we received:
Last week we held a webinar with two freight farmers so they could share their journey to launching a small business with the LGM. We covered everything from market research and financing to what crops to grow and how to reach new customers. Here's a recap!
Both Horticoop and Freight Farms are excited to bring Europe into the rapidly growing network of existing freight farmers spanning across the United States, Caribbean, and Canada. Our vision to create local produce ecosystems on a global scale is quickly coming to fruition and we are eager to empower more freight farmers around the world
Kimbal Musk just recently announced that he will be launching a new business in the fall — Square Roots. An urban farming accelerator program focused on training young entrepreneurs to grow non-GMO, fresh, tasty, food year-round, Square Roots will be leveraging the Freight Farms technology to create campuses of climate-controlled, indoor, vertical farms.
Shawn and Connie Cooney started careers as farmers in 2013 because they wanted to do something different. After purchasing four Leafy Green Machines, the husband and wife duo launched their new business, Corner Stalk Farm, and became the largest commercial urban farm in the city of Boston.
Mitch Hagney is helping propel the local food movement in San Antonio, Texas by cultivating food right in the heart of the city. His farming business, Local Sprout, supplies residents and restaurants with a variety of sustainably grown produce year-round.
Farming can be a labor intensive endeavor, requiring many hours of man power and hard work, but what was once considered a staple to successful farming is now being seen as a time suck. The weeding, pest control, soil preparation, and the distribution of nutrients has either disappeared entirely from the LGM or has become fully automated. By stripping-away the nuances of traditional farming, we’ve created a system that requires only the core essentials: seeding, transplanting and harvesting. What some might consider a part-time job, 20-25 labor hours a week, is now the amount of time it takes to run a revenue generating farm.
There is no denying that food is a hot topic. Everyone is talking about food, from hip urbanites taking pictures of strange, delicious restaurant offerings to public health officials advocating for more fruits and vegetables in our diets. Ongoing changes to our world such as increasingly extreme weather and population growth have led many people, particularly in urban communities, to take a long, hard look at food production and distribution.
Meet the pioneers changing the way we think about our food. They are reshaping the landscape in their local communities, and advocating for positive change in our food system by choosing to grow.
Let’s start with the basics: Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil. Instead, a nutrient rich water solution is used to feed the plants, and there are many ways that this nutrient solution can be supplied to the plant roots. Here’s the breakdown of the most common hydroponic systems, and a look into some of the techniques used at Freight Farms.
One of our newest farmers is no stranger to farming and the importance of locally grown food. For Kim Curren, owner of Shaggy Bear Farm in Bozeman, Montana, becoming a freight farmer seemed like a natural next step for her, and her farming venture is a culmination of everything she’s done.
As the community of freight farmers expands across the US, Canada, and the Caribbean, the diversity in each of their business models also grows. In last week’s blog post we gave some pointers on how to get started and identified three potential businesses to sell to, and as promised, here are four more!
Thinking about launching a Freight Farms project in your city, town, or community? Here are a few pointers for getting started, and 3 potential markets to sell into.
Since it's such a hot topic, we feel the need to share this fun fact: Kale grown in the LGM by our freight farmers is actually very different than the kale on the shelves today at your local grocery store or farmers market.
What do you picture when you hear the word “farm"? We bet you’re imagining a pastoral scene of rolling hills, maybe some grazing cows and a big red barn, right? Typically that isn’t the case for our freight farmers…until now
Here at Freight Farms we’re huge supporters of organic produce, and we’re also huge supporters of local produce. But we’re even bigger supporters and advocates of “hyper-local” produce. There are many different understandings (and even misunderstandings) of all three labels, which is why we feel it’s really important to share what we’ve learned about all three and what they mean. Our goal is to establish a common interpretation of all three terms in the realm of farming produce.