Container farming is the perfect platform for creating community-focused programs targeting better nutrition, increased employment, effective therapy, well-rounded education, and much more.
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Horticultural therapy, practiced since the Ancient Greeks, is still used today as a therapeutic method for helping at-risk and/or special needs individuals. Container farming provides many of the same benefits.
One main benefit is that farmers spend hours working with their hands. Calm and methodical work while using your hands can increase happiness by promoting feelings of vitality and effectiveness. This, in turn, can reduce stress and depression and relieve anxiety
Our farms are excellent educational tools for all ages. Use them as a platform for teaching nutrition, as inspiration for STEM students, or as practical work experience for young or at-risk kids.
Freight Farming can be used for educational purposes in the following categories:
Leafy greens are a cornerstone of a healthy and balanced diet. The vitamins and minerals found in kale, spinach, collard greens, and other plant varieties can help prevents many chronic conditions such as: obesity, vitamin deficiencies, high cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, and high blood pressure. By pairing education with access, people at risk of developing these chronic health problems can change their eating habits more effectively.
One of the key advantages of container farming is the ability to bring fresh food to underserved communities and food deserts in urban or rural locations. Both nutritious and delicious, the greens from the farm are rich in nutrients and can be harvested with their seedling plugs, which extends the plant's shelf life up to two weeks.
Since our farms require 15-25 hours of labor per week, it can provide meaningful part-time employment to help achieve your programs goals. At-risk youth and adults can gain valuable work experience while making a living wage, or the farm can be operated for profit to create jobs in the community. Container farming can also provide a revenue stream for other parts of a non-profit organization.
Freight Farming is a sustainable alternative to traditional farming methods. Using 95% less water than soil farms, our 320 sq. ft. farm can still grow up to 2 acres* worth of produce. This means a farm operator can harvest up to 100 lbs of produce a week, and 2–4 tons* of produce a year.
On top of using significantly less water than traditional farming methods, our hydroponic farm also produces little waste water (if any at all) because it is designed to recycle water back into the main tank. Any leakage that does occur can be easy collected and repurposed, or safely absorbed into the ground, as there is no run-off of harmful herbicides or pesticides that can threaten surrounding water sources.
Container farming is a great way to build community identity, involvement, and health by forging lasting interpersonal connections and a sense of purpose. Whatever your mission is, the community can volunteer, support, or benefit from the work being done in the Freight Farm.
* Data is crop dependent
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