Our Company

When was Freight Farms founded?

We were founded in 2010 by co-founders Brad McNamara (CEO) and Jon Friedman (COO).

 

What does your company do?

Freight Farms manufactures high-volume crop production units made from up-cycled freight containers. Using advanced growing technology and automation, it’s easy for anyone looking to grow a local food economy to get started – no matter their background or geography.

 

Where are you located?

Our offices are headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

Our Product

What is a container farm?

Container farms are pre-assembled hydroponic farms inside up-cycled intermodal freight containers. Our farms are capable of producing yields at commercial-scale in any climate and any season.

 

Where can I put a container farm?

Anywhere! With methods of soilless agriculture and advanced environmental controls, the system is able to deliver consistent harvest yields regardless of the geographic features. 

> Finding the perfect home for your container farm

 

Can I grow in extreme hot or cold climates? 

Yes to both. There are Freight Farms operating in Southern hot climates like Texas, Arizona, and Florida, as well as really cold Northern climates like Minnesota, Wisconsin, and parts of Canada.

> Extreme farming with Freight Farms

 

Do you sell the parts separately?

Not exactly, but we do sell a lot of hydroponic supplies and growing products on our farmhand Shop. We've curated the top vendors in the hydroponic industry in one place to make it easy for you to re-stock your growing operation!

> Start shopping for hydroponic supplies

 

 

Energy Use

What do your container farms run on?

A standard single-phase 120/240 volt 100 amp connection, or three-phase 120/208. As for the water, no hard-plumbing is necessary — just access to potable water (via garden hose, water jugs, etc.) is all you need.

 

What happens in the event of a power outage?

Our units do not come with a backup generator, so for those located in regions that frequently experience power outages we recommend having a 15+ kW Generator to be safe. When installing your farm, have an electrician look at provided electrical schematics for the farm and create a switchover for the generator.

 

Do Freight Farms operate using solar power? 

It's possible, yes! While we do not offer a solar option, some freight farmers are powering their units via solar energy.

State incentives for renewable energy and efficiency may also reduce the costs of starting or operating your container farming business. The Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is currently operated by the North Carolina Solar Center at NC State University, with support from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, and is a partner agency of the U.S. Department of Energy.

>Visit DSIRE's website here (external link)

 

Do the plants get sunlight?

No (well, not in the traditional sense). Our farms provide high-efficiency LED lighting with deep red and blue hues to mimic sunlight. The lights automatically cycle on and off to simulate periods of day and night for the plants. Both the spectrum of light and day/night periods are optimized for healthy and vigorous plant growth.

How do I get my supplies?

With farmhand® Shop, you can purchase all of your growing essentials — fertilizer, nutrients, seeds — and have them delivered directly to your door. We've aggregated top brands in the hydroponic industry to make shopping for your supplies quick and easy.

 

Can container farmed produce be certified organic?

It is absolutely possible for our growers to pursue organic certification, but be sure to check with your state’s organic certifier to see if you would qualify. Even without organic certification, our crops are herbicide and pesticide free, and are not harmful to soil structures since we’re a hydroponic closed environment system!

 

 

Operation

What type of training is involved?

To ensure the success of each of our farmers, we offer an intensive two day training at our Headquarters in Boston, MA. This involves both in-farm lessons and classroom sessions which cover all operations of the farm. 

 
 
 

 

How much labor is required to operate a Freight Farm? Can I run it by myself or do I need to hire a team? 

Once you get up and running, we approximate that it takes about 15-25 hours per week to operate (but that varies depending on seed sites, transplanting and harvesting). While a container farm can be managed by one person, it’s just a little easier with more hands to help. Watch this video to learn how Freight Farms makes farming more accessible.

> Labor Requirements for container farming

 
 

 

As a Business Platform

What is the ROI in ownership?

While we wish there was a magic formula for this, honestly there are too many variables that prevent us from making a blanket statement on this. Our sales team will work with you on an individual basis to determine your unique opportunity.
 

Where do I sell the produce grown in my Freight Farm?
You can work with local food distributors, wholesalers, restaurants, food co-ops or markets- it’s entirely up to you.

> Finding Customers

This sounds like an amazing platform for urban farming, right?
We think so!

> Urban Farming

I’m sold. Where can I order one?
Excellent. Go to our contact page and fill out the form!
 

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