container farms are changing how we eat
The local food trend isn't going away anytime soon. As demand increases, traditional supply channels are faced with the challenge of providing fresh, hyper-local food year-round. This is in direct conflict with how accustomed we’ve become to an endless variety of produce available on store shelves, regardless of the season.
So, in order to feed the rising demand for local food while meeting the nutritional needs of a growing population, we need to marry year-round availability with growing methods that can produce local food even mid-winter. This is where indoor farming–specifically inside of shipping containers–comes in!
There are a variety of indoor farming methods, including home growing, retrofitting warehouses, rooftop farming, and of course, container farming. If you want to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of these practices, read our article on Comparing Different Indoor Farming Methods. We’re going to focus specifically on shipping containers, and how they’re the perfect platform for making access to local food possible anywhere in the world, 365 days a year.
Local Food 101
The number of U.S. farms has dropped by roughly 70% since the 1930's. As a result, the majority of the food we is eat is shipped from hundreds, or even thousands, of miles away. You would think the growing demand for local (projected to be a $20B market by the end of 2019) would change this. Unfortunately, while "local" food conjures up images of small farms, pastoral scenes, or community urban farming operations, the reality is that Big Box retailers are elbowing their way into the space and capitalizing on the trend.
In the meantime, farms are continuing to disappear. Studies show that only about one-third of small farms has a designated successor in the family, in part because many young people are unwilling to make the significant financial investment in an industry that requires them to work long hours for meager rewards.
The Container Farming Solution
The Greenery™, our hydroponic vertical farm is fully climate-controlled and built inside of a compact 320 sq. ft. container. This makes the Greenery uniquely qualified to not only meet the demand for local food (you can put it anywhere, even in the middle of the city), but to also provide the same level of fresh all year round.
Furthermore, the automation inside the farm makes container farming less labor intensive than traditional agriculture and other indoor growing techniques, meaning that you have more time to grow the business side of your operation or pursue your other interests and entrepreneurial endeavors.
A complete farming system inside a box
Unlike other indoor growing methods, the Freight Farms Greenery™ comes fully assembled to allow you get growing as soon as it is delivered.
Turnkey: The Greenery is a complete hydroponic growing system in a box. Meaning, Freight Farmers can perform every farm-related task from seeding to harvesting and packaging right inside the container!
Climate Controlled: Intuitive climate controls automatically respond to air and water sensors inside the farm to ensure an ideal growing environment for your crops.
Automated: Inside each farm is a central brain that is programmed to automatically adjust all the components inside the farm so that it's creating the perfect environment and the farmers can focus on growing crops and their business.
Remote Monitoring and Control: The farmhand® mobile application allows our freight farmers to remotely monitor and control the climate components inside the farm such as the lights, temperature, and humidity, so they can know what's going on inside the farm, even when they're not there.
Scaleable: The modular and stackable design of the Greenery allows you to quickly scale up your farming operation or start a new business from scratch.
Container farming works well in both urban and rural settings and can function as a stand-alone business, or an accessory to an existing farm or restaurant. Beyond food production, a container farm is an easy way for small businesses and organizations to incorporate sustainable practices, educational curriculum, community engagement, or job programs.
See how our farmers are using shipping container farms to change how their communities enjoy local and fresh food!