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.
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.
Zach Bain of Lowell Lettuce launched his urban farm in the summer of 2016 in Lowell, Massachusetts, and is growing mini-head lettuce, kale, wasabi arugula, and salad mix year-round. Zach is an urban farmer, entrepreneur, and marketing consultant all rolled into one.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.