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Shipping Containers used as Urban Farms

Friday, August 26, 2016

Urban farming is a growing trend and is gaining popularity all over the world. Did you ever imagine farming taking place in a densely populated urban area? Is this the farm of the future? Is it a matter of “before you think outside the box, think inside of it?” Start-up Urban farms in the U.S. did just that. Daniel Kuenzi, an entrepreneur from Washington DC., is transforming derelict shipping containers into freight farms. Not only is he repurposing the surplus containers stacked in ports all over the world, but he is also giving momentum to fresh food grown locally. Let’s take a glimpse inside an Urban Farm and find out what the hype is all about.

Urban Farms – Their mission

According to the article posted in The Australian’s Business Review, The US. Food Tech Urban Farm exhibited the brussel sprouts nurtured and grown in recycled shipping containers at the Collison technology conference in Las Vegas. Caroline Katsiroubas of Freight Farms stated that;“Our mission is to create a more connected and sustainable food system.” “Everyone wants to be more, local, know where their food comes from and has a relationship with people growing their food.”

Urban farms offer freshly picked and reasonably priced vegetables and fruit. They bring the best produce to you in a used container that is highly engineered and equipped to allow crops to thrive and grow in your local community or just about anywhere.

Cultivating produce in recycled shipping containers. Where did the idea originate from?

Shipping containers are durable, versatile and stackable and can be relocated just about anywhere. Due to the abundance of unused shipping containers, it can be refurbished or recycled at a reasonable cost. As opposed to the traditional greenhouse construction, shipping containers gives you the flexibility to have a farm up and running in a shorter space of time. You can install and retrofit these containers within weeks rather waiting months or years it takes with its traditional counterpart.

Hydroponic method of cultivating crops:

Each of these farms uses the newest indoor agricultural techniques. These containers are installed with equipment to control carbon dioxide levels, temperature, nutrients and air flow in the water to nurture the crops.

The nutrients required by plants are water-fed through the artificial soil. The outcome is a remarkably higher yield in a shorter period than traditional production methods. According to Katsiroubes, it also uses 90 percent less water. Moreover, there is an application that allows container farms to be controlled and monitored from further afield.

These insulated shipping containers are modified to produce an optimum environment for nurturing and growing crops. In the future, with further advances can provide a container that is more energy efficient and ultimately become self-sufficient.

Restaurants use fresh, high-quality ingredients, ready to use. Urban Farmers can tap into the market and choose to grow crops that are in demand. They have the added advantage as the weather, climate and soil are not of concern.

Do you want to be at the forefront of urban farming? For more information on purchasing shipping containers contact our friendly experts.

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