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.
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Hydroponic farming is a method of growing plants without soil. Instead, a nutrient-rich solution feeds the plants, and there are many ways build a hydroponic system. Here are some of the most common types, and a look at some of the vertical farming techniques used at Freight Farms.
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.
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:
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.
We’d like to formally introduce you to Jerry Martin, owner of Vet Veggies and our first Veteran freight farmer.
With so many new farmers signed on this summer, we've SOLD OUT of the LGM Base model for the year. From now until the end of 2015 we only have the LGM Premium model available for purchase.
We’re thrilled to finally announce the first university campus to integrate the Leafy Green Machine into their dining operations. Stony Brook University in New York is already a leader in sustainability, but decided to take things a step further by growing food right next to its dining hall.
This week is National Farmers Market Week and the timing couldn’t be better, as we celebrate the local food marketplaces strengthening communities across the US, we’d also like to highlight one incredible project that was launched here in Boston.
Locally, we’re seeing the benefits of these new approaches to learning. Two Massachusetts schools are leading the charge: one school operates their own Leafy Green Machine, and another is enabling students to envision, create, and test their vision for creating a more sustainable food system.
Addressing challenges from climate change and food security to hunger and obesity prevention, there's no denying the benefits of bringing food production back into the city.
Last week was jam-packed as Freight Farms represented at two events in Boston and Las Vegas, showcasing our innovations in ag-tech and provoking conversations on how to harness them for the greater good.
K-12 teachers are creating new, forward-thinking curricula that focuses on tremendously important topics like a sustainability, climate change, and food.
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.
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.
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.
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!