Ready, Set, Grow!
Our Freight Farmers come from all walks of life; many have never farmed a day in their life, while others have a rich personal and family history of soil farming.
Regardless of who you are and where you’ve been, you have arrived at Freight Farms because you believe in making waves, disrupting the food system, and providing fresh, local, and delicious produce year-round. We’re here to help you start a successful farming business to make your dream a reality.
PART 1 - RESEARCH, PLAN, AND COMMIT
Build Your Vision
To start a successful farming business, you need to be aware of who your customers are and where you can find them. This will allow you to determine what your ideal strategy should be. Common strategies include selling direct-to-consumer, at farmers markets, and wholesale to grocers and restaurants. Read more about finding customers here.
Once you know who you will be selling to, you need to think about what you will be selling. The Greenery is optimized to grow a huge variety of crops: Read our Growing Guide and start to consider which crops you want to sell.
Check out all of our resources for launching a successful farming business: Your Resources.
Find Your Site
This is an incredibly important step, so be proactive and start asking the right questions as soon as you start seriously thinking about buying your farm.
We’ve mapped out the zoning process for you, but – as always – give your account rep a call with any questions you have.
Make Your Investment
Take the plunge and join the Freight Farm family! We’re committed to helping you start a successful farming business: As soon as you start, we’ll introduce you to our Client Services team so you can get started sight away.
Last but not least – go out and celebrate! You’ve just gotten that much closer to actualizing your farming dream.
PART 2 - LEARN AND LAUNCH
Get ready to farm! Start on your path to success with one of our training options–choose the one that works best for you.
One option is to participate in a one or two-day intensive training at our headquarters in Boston, MA, where we combine in-farm sessions and classroom lessons. Another option is to learn remotely with our robust step-by-step online training course that allows you to learn on your own time.
Both training options cover everything you need to know! See the Farm Camp syllabus here.
Launch Your Farm
Your Greenery has arrived and you’re ready to go! Hook up your farm with the help of a trusty electrician and plumber, set up the farm WiFi, and – hooray! – you’ve launched your farm. Your Greenery comes fully-equipped with all components needed for immediate production, so you can start growing immediately.
PART 3 - GROW AND GO
After training, you will have all the tools necessary to successfully start your farming business. Don’t worry about making mistakes initially – it takes time to become familiar with all of the farming processes. Allow yourself three months to become a farm expert.
Thanks to the Greenery’s efficiency, you will be ready to harvest your first crops eight weeks after launching the farm. We estimate that you will need to spend about 20 hours a week to maintain the farm; these hours can be handled by one person, or split between a team.
Get to know your peers!
The best thing about being a Freight Farmer? You’re not alone! You belong to a great community for farmers from all over the world, and they can be the best resources for you as get started.
Read about the journeys of other farmers just like yourself:
Acre in a Box, Houston, TX
Brothers in Farms, Savannah, GA
Bees Greens Co, Waipahu, HI
Corner Stalk Farm, Boston, MA
Hammock Greens, Miami, FL
Karma Farm, Monkton, MD
Very Local Greens, Halifax, Canada
Learn more about the Greenery™
First things first! Start your Freight Farming project by downloading our product booklet for an in-depth look at all Greenery components, including a comprehensive specifications page.