Discover in-depth articles on operating the Leafy Green Machine, the indoor hydroponic industry, and how to start a business with the LGM.

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Introduction to hydroponics

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:

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Vertical farming vs traditional farming

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. 

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labor requirements for the lgm

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.

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operating the lgm as a business

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. 

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identifying customers: part 1

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. 

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identifying customers: part 2

As the community of freight farmers expands across the US, Canada, and the Caribbean, the diversity in each of their business models also grows. Here are four more pointers on how to get started in finding the right customers

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How to approach your municipality about shipping container farming

If you're looking to bring an LGM to your local community, you'll need to get familiar with your local zoning regulations. Here are 6 tips on how to navigate the zoning process. 

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Local, organic, hyper-local: what do food labels really mean?

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. 

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how the lgm operates in cold climates

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.

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comparing different indoor farming methods

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.