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.
You may be wondering how exactly the LGM can grow in such frigid temperatures. Here are 5 features of LGM that enable our freight farmers to grow in cold climates:
On January 15, 2016, Freight Farms delivered a brand new Leafy Green Machine to Clark University Campus in Worcester, MA. This university deployment was so unique because it holds historical significance for both Freight Farms and its co-founder, Brad McNamara.
We’ve all been there - stuck in a gastronomic rut of some sort. Maybe you joined a CSA and have what seems like an unreasonable amount of cabbage and beets in your share...for the third week in a row. Or maybe you’ve just surfaced from the depths of culinary habit to realize you’ve only been eating three dinners on rotation for the past month. When I find myself in a creativity hole of any kind, I like to back up to basic methods of cooking.
We shared data on how the LGM compares to traditional farming practices, and now we are sharing the data we’ve been able to collect on crop yields, business and operating expenses, as well as revenue and pricing.
With this large network of farmers growing in the LGM we’ve been able to collect a lot of data. Everything from grow times and crop yields to business expenses and produce pricing. With that, we’re now able to move away from projections and provide real-life examples of what the farm can do.
Today there are over 108 freight farmers, in 2 different countries, operating in drastically different climates, growing an enormous amount of local food for their communities.
LaGrasso Brothers Produce is a wholesale produce distributor that has been operating in the city of Detroit for over 100 years, serving restaurants, schools, hotels, healthcare facilities and more all across Michigan and Northern Ohio. Earlier this fall, the company’s warehouse became home to the first Leafy Green Machine in the state. Their commitment to high-quality food and to fulfilling customer's needs led them to start this bold initiative to grow their own produce right in the city.
To our network of freight farmers, our community of supporters and the dedicated people that make up this team, we are so grateful for each and every one of you.
Today we deployed a second Leafy Green Machine to yet another university campus in Massachusetts. Welcome UMass Dartmouth to the Freight Farms network! Are you sensing a trend here? We are too and it’s awesome. With consumer tastes changing and student demand for locally grown produce rising, more and more food service groups are starting to think outside the box (or inside the box in this case) to satisfy their clients needs.
Earlier this week, Worcester State University installed a Leafy Green Machine on campus to begin growing all local lettuce...year-round. Spearheading the Freight-Farm-to-Table concept, their goal is to provide the freshest food possible to the student body while continuing to encourage and inspire students to be more sustainable.
We’d like to formally introduce you to Jerry Martin, owner of Vet Veggies and our first Veteran freight farmer.
Who is Andrew? This well-travelled adventurist has sailed across the seas (literally) and landed himself at Freight Farms only to continue traveling. Always on the go, Andrew works directly with our new freight farmers to help launch their farms wherever they’re located. His deep appreciation for good food, people and cultures is contagious, making him a great fit for working in the LGM and with our farmers. This passionate foodie will get you thinking about food in an entirely new way, so get to know him a little better here:
Who is Jaime? Think modern farmer + yogi + scientist + holistic healer all rolled into one. Her passion for farming and love of Boston led her to work at Freight Farms, where she gets the best of both worlds. She works in our Leafy Green Machine at FFHQ collecting data and experimenting with new crops and growing techniques. On top of that, she gets us all a little healthier by sharing her knowledge of herbalism and the beneficial properties of plants...she’s kind of like our resident hippie. With the nickname Dirt Worshiper in college, it’s pretty cool that she’s now a hydroponic farmer. To get to know her even better, we asked Jaime to answer a few questions: