The 2015 LGM has officially arrived!

The 2015 LGM has officially arrived!

After putting the first freight farms in the hands of our customers, we did a whole lot of listening — we had a lot to learn from these pioneers of local food who were spearheading the  urban agriculture movement. The insight gained has been used to improve the farming experience and allow for easier integration into a local food supply. 

We spent countless hours testing and developing to make the newest model of the Leafy Green Machine sleeker, more energy efficient, and easier to use. Our goal is to allow anyone who wants to be a farmer to get their operation off the ground and get growing with a freight farm.  

Co-founder insights part 2: New Era for Indoor Ag

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Co-founder insights part 2: New Era for Indoor Ag

The growth of the industry has allowed us to focus on what we’re doing to grow more local, pesticide-free food and create a general acceptance of hydroponics as a viable growing technique. I’m happy to see that the mainstream has all but stopped crediting each new product as the inventor of hydroponic growing, accepting that it’s a long established technique to grow food and has now focused on how all of us are working toward solving larger problems around food and water. Even more, the customer base is eager to educate themselves on new ways of farming, which is opening up a new era for indoor ag that is sure to change the way we all interact with our food.

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Co-founder insights: What is AgTech?

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Co-founder insights: What is AgTech?

 Back in 2010 when Freight Farms was just beginning to establish itself, “Ag Tech” hadn’t gained much traction as an industry...fast forward 5 years and it’s become a rapidly-growing industry that we’re thrilled to have pioneered.  As team members prepare to head to the 3rd Annual Indoor Agriculture Conference in Las Vegas, it’s sparked conversations about how significantly the space has developed. Years ago, our co-founders remember joking over coffee about how to classify what they were doing, so we’ve decided to share Brad’s experiences building the Ag Tech industry that we know today. Get ready, because this is just part one of a series of posts about our experiences in the Ag Tech space!

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Boston Students Get Hands-on Agricultural Experience

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Boston Students Get Hands-on Agricultural Experience

If you work in a k-12 school these days you can’t avoid discussions about hands-on and expeditionary learning, systems thinking approach, interdisciplinary teaching, 21st century skills, Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), or STEAM (with Arts added).  The Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards are starting to shift the way we teach and schools are responding by training their staff, purchasing engineering technology and creating new partnerships that connect their students with projects in the community.  

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Inaugural stop of the LGM Tour: Gettysburg College

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Inaugural stop of the LGM Tour: Gettysburg College

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  You may be thinking, why did Freight Farms choose Gettysburg, Pennsylvania as the first stop on the LGM tour? Well, The National Association for College and University Food Service, otherwise known as NACUFS, gathered all of the folks responsible for bringing food into schools in one place for a conference last week, so few of us travelled down with the LGM to talk with them. The showcase was abuzz with conversations around responsibly and sustainably-sourced food, and Freight Farms fit seamlessly into this discussion. The enthusiastic response towards the LGM was overwhelming.

 

Students from universities and colleges around the country are demanding more sustainably sourced and locally grown food in their dining halls. If you’re not familiar with the Real Food Challenge, I encourage you to check it out. Currently, there are 30 schools across the country who have signed onto this challenge, which means that the school has pledged to commit to sourcing locally at least 20% of the food served on campus by 2020, and countless more student groups are urging their campuses to source locally without the RFC.

 

We at Freight Farms strongly believe in the goals each group and university is working to accomplish. But we also understand the obstacles and limitations of sourcing locally in most climates, year-round - especially if local farmers aren’t able to meet the volume required by larger institutions.

 

That’s where we want to help.

 

Freight Farms provides a tool for schools to make an immediate impact on their local food supply - simply place one on campus and get growing! Not only would campus chefs get to choose what produce to grow and how to incorporate it into daily menus, students would also learn the full story of their food, from farm-to-table.

 

Personally, the thing that gets me most excited about having Freight Farms on college campuses is the engagement opportunities it provides. Bringing the farm on campus allows students to get involved in the process of growing, fostering new and exciting conversations around food and innovation.

 

Let’s say a university has an agriculture program. Classes can promote hands-on learning with the LGM, teaching new methods of hydroponic and indoor growing. What about sustainability groups? It can be used to demonstrate how the school is reducing its carbon footprint by growing food where it’s being consumed. How about urban planning or architecture departments? Inspire students to design smarter cities that incorporate food production right into the infrastructure of a building.

 

All in all, it’s a pretty awesome way to integrate sustainable food production into school operations, making high-quality food a staple of the culture. And I’m thrilled to say that everyone at the NACUFS conference was very excited to tour a farm and explore the possibilities of having one on their campus in the near future.

 

More exciting things to come from the 2015 Farm on Tour!

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2015 LGM ON TOUR

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2015 LGM ON TOUR

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Did you hear? We’re rolling out the green carpet...

Freight Farms is unveiling the newest model of the Leafy Green Machine (LGM for short) and we want to loop you in with the newest and greatest features of the system!

 

We figured there's no better way to introduce the new LGM than to take it on tour. It’s a “first” for the LGM … and we're happy to say its initial appearance went off without a hitch! Earlier this week the LGM landed in Pennsylvania for the NACUFS conference at Gettysburg College. Our team showcased the LGM to universities and colleges looking to step up their local food game … stay tuned for a recap of the team’s experience! 

Now back to the 2015 LGM...

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The 2015 LGM looks sleeker than ever, and the outside isn’t the only thing that got a facelift! Over the past year we’ve refined our design and taken feedback from our current farmers to improve the system, increase operational efficiency and streamline workflow.

What are the most notable improvements?

Well, that depends who you ask. A few of us might say the surround sound speaker system, but our Head of Farming may say the irrigation system refinements. Overall, these new farms are strong at the core and have optional add-ons that make operations even more fun.

 Want to know about the other new features?

Just head to the contact form on our website, here, and fill in your contact information. We’ll get in touch with you ASAP to get the conversation started!

Is the 2015 LGM available to purchase?

Yes! We can’t wait to hear how you want to use the Leafy Green Machine, so be sure to let us know!

Got an event you think the LGM should attend?

We’ve got a diverse lineup planned for the next year, so stay tuned...but if you know of an event that the LGM or Freight Farms should make an appearance at, please get in touch!

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