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A FREIGHT FARMERS JOURNEY: AGORA GREENS

Ian Brown and David Pendergast founded Agora Greens in the beginning of 2016 and quickly began building a successful business growing fresh produce year-round in Walpole, Massachusetts. Using the Leafy Green Machine, the two grow a variety of lettuces, herbs and specialty greens for local restaurants, country clubs and farmers markets.

 
 

CORNER STALK FARM

Shawn and Connie Cooney started their new careers as farmers back in 2013. They now operate the largest urban farm in Boston, Massachusetts, and are staple vendors at the Boston Public Market selling specialty agricultural products to city residents and visitors.

 

LOCAL SPROUT

Mitch Hagney is helping propel the local food movement in San Antonio, Texas by cultivating food right in the heart of the city. His farming business, Local Sprout, supplies residents and restaurants with a variety of sustainably grown produce year-round.

 

VET VEGGIES

Jerry Martin and Darryl Hill saw an opportunity to help people through a new business venture, Vet Veggies. Their mission is twofold: provide their community in Arkansas with the freshest produce available, and be a resource for veterans transitioning back from the war.

 
 

URBAN PASTORAL

J.J. Reidy and Christian de Paco are committed to using food as a tool for urban revitalization in Baltimore, Maryland. Through their business, Urban Pastoral, they are building ecosystems of integrated food and agricultural businesses on strategic sites across the city.

 

BOSTON LATIN SCHOOL

This project has given students hands-on learning experience outside of the classroom and allowed them to take ownership over a project from its infancy. These students are becoming experts on the science and engineering of hydroponic agriculture, and they are learning the business and responsibility of running a farm.

 

WEBINAR RECAP: A FREIGHT FARMER'S JOURNEY

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INTRODUCTION TO HYDROPONICS

Let’s start with the basics: Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil. Instead, a nutrient rich water solution is used to feed the plants, and there are many ways that this nutrient solution can be supplied to the plant roots. Here’s the breakdown of the most common hydroponic systems, and a look into some of the techniques used at Freight Farms:

 
 
 

VERTICAL FARMING VS TRADITIONAL FARMING

With this large network of farmers growing in the LGM we’ve been able to collect a lot of data. Everything from grow times and crop yields to business expenses and produce pricing. With that, we’re now able to move away from projections and provide real-life examples of what the farm can do. 

 

LABOR REQUIREMENTS FOR THE LGM

Farming can be a labor intensive endeavor, requiring many hours of man power and hard work, but what was once considered a staple to successful farming is now being seen as a time suck. The weeding, pest control, soil preparation, and the distribution of nutrients has either disappeared entirely from the LGM or has become fully automated. By stripping-away the nuances of traditional farming, we’ve created a system that requires only the core essentials: seeding, transplanting and harvesting.

OPERATING THE LGM AS A BUSINESS

We shared data on how the LGM compares to traditional farming practices, and now we are sharing the data we’ve been able to collect on crop yields, business and operating expenses, as well as revenue and pricing. 

 
 

IDENTIFYING CUSTOMERS: PART 1

Thinking about launching a Freight Farms project in your city, town, or community? Here are a few pointers for getting started, and 3 potential markets to sell into. 

 

IDENTIFYING CUSTOMERS: PART 2

As the community of freight farmers expands across the US, Canada, and the Caribbean, the diversity in each of their business models also grows. Here are four more pointers on how to get started in finding the right customers

 

HOW TO APPROACH YOUR MUNICIPALITY ABOUT SHIPPING CONTAINER FARMING

If you're looking to bring an LGM to your local community, you'll need to get familiar with your local zoning regulations. Here are 6 tips on how to navigate the zoning process. 

 
 

LOCAL, ORGANIC, HYPER-LOCAL: WHAT DO FOOD LABELS REALLY MEAN?

Here at Freight Farms we’re huge supporters of organic produce, and we’re also huge supporters of local produce. But we’re even bigger supporters and advocates of “hyper-local” produce. There are many different understandings (and even misunderstandings) of all three labels, which is why we feel it’s really important to share what we’ve learned about all three and what they mean. Our goal is to establish a common interpretation of all three terms in the realm of farming produce. 

HOW THE LGM OPERATES IN COLD CLIMATES

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.

 

COMPARING DIFFERENT INDOOR FARMING METHODS

There is no denying that food is a hot topic. Everyone is talking about food, from hip urbanites taking pictures of strange, delicious restaurant offerings to public health officials advocating for more fruits and vegetables in our diets. Ongoing changes to our world such as increasingly extreme weather and population growth  have led many people, particularly in urban communities, to take a long, hard look at food production and distribution. 

 
 
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PRODUCT BOOKLET

The Freight Farms platform enables you to supply local food at the scale you need today while providing you the infrastructure to easily expand in the future. So whether you’re building your own local produce business or looking for a cost-effective way to supply your campus, restaurant, or hotel with fresh and sustainable greens and herbs, Freight Farms has the tools you need.

 
 
 

LEAFY GREEN MACHINE ONE PAGE INFO SHEET

The Leafy Green Machine is a complete hydroponic growing system built entirely inside a shipping container with all the components needed for commercial food production. The system is designed and engineered for easy operation, allowing users of all backgrounds to immediately start growing.

 

FARMHAND PRODUCT SHEET

With an internet connection users are able to stay connected to their operation anywhere in the world, 24/7. Through the farmhand® app it’s possible to monitor and control all the environmental components inside the farm directly from an iOS device. Users can set parameters and receive notifications about in-farm system performance. Climate tracking, surveillance and data logging makes food safety and transparency a breeze.

 

CROP POSSIBILITIES 

The LGM is built and optimized for the growth of a wide variety of lettuces, herbs, and hearty greens. Below is a sample list of what can grow successfully.

 
 
 

FREIGHT FARMS TWO PAGE OVERVIEW

Freight Farms provides physical and digital solutions for creating local produce ecosystems on a global scale. The Freight Farms platform enables users to integrate local food supply at the scale needed today while providing the infrastructure to grow in the future. So whether you’re building your own local produce business or looking for a cost-effective way to supply your campus, restaurant, hotel with fresh and sustainable greens and herbs, Freight Farms has the tools you need.

FARM CAMP & LAUNCH SUPPORT OVERVIEW

Training with Freight Farms is encouraged for all new freight farmers. With a combination of in-farm lessons and classroom sessions, each new customer leaves feeling confident about getting started. 

 

GUIDELINES FOR LGM SITE PREPARATION 

Everything future farmers should know about prepping the site location of their Leafy Green Machine.

 
 
 
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Inside the Leafy Green Machine

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Grow Food Here: Baltimore, Maryland | Urban Pastoral

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Grow Food Here: Boston, Massachusetts | Corner Stalk Farm

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Grow Food Here: Springdale, Arkansas | Vet Veggies

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The Leafy Green Machine on Campus

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I farm inside a used shipping container

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Customer Spotlight: Freight Farms - Innovative Agriculture through the IoT

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Grow Food Here: San Antonio, Texas | Local Sprout

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Students Grow Outside the Classroom

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Urban Farming With the Leafy Green Machine

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Meet the Company Growing a Farm in a Shipping Container | Fortune