Freight Farms designs containers for urban farming

Freight Farms designs containers for urban cultivation and harvest delivery directly to consumers. A technology startup headquartered in Boston developed hydroponic farming system called The Leafy Green Machine to build agro-industries inside containers. They apply sophisticated technology to turn the ship's cargo box into agriculture unit.

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Each farm occupies an area of 320 square meters where Freight Farms claims each produces a food equivalent of two hectares of land. Seedlings are planted in trays and under LED lights, then transferred to vertical hydroponic enclosures and nutrient-rich fertilizers from roofs that flow into artificial root systems.

Freight Farms says restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, the food industry and the general public can install Leafy Green Machines in place to instantly access fresh and cheaper products.

This technology-based approach to food production is known as controlled-environment agriculture (CEA). Farmhand smartphone applications are used to monitor and manage conditions in agriculture such as the level of illumination, temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide are controlled remotely.

The company claims the Leafy Green Machine is not affected by climate and seasonal factors which has become the biggest challenge in traditional farming. The system allows the production of food throughout the year at any location where the outside climate has no impact on the conditions inside the container.

The trend of urban agro-industry has attracted investment and innovation in recent years, such as the design by Infarm and EkoFARMER, given the proportion of people living in the city growing exponentially. Freight Farms says the CEA system is becoming commonplace in urban areas in the future.

City farmers harvest abundant food crops throughout the year and provide direct benefits to urban communities that have no access to fresh local produce. The integration of technology and vertical agriculture has the ability to reduce waste, cut distribution chains and require no large area.