It’s a lot easier than it sounds.
Container farms allow you to farm out of a box container, also known as shipping containers.
These micro-farms use soil-less farming methods, such as hydroponics, to cultivate crops.
Hydroponic systems save water and space.
Features of hydroponic systems vary, but generally, they use nutrient solution and a growing medium to replace soil.
These systems circulate and collect water throughout. The collected water is then reused in the next cycle.
Container farms use only 1/10th of the amount of water field farms use in order to grow the same amount of plants.
As a result, we only need 5 gallons of water per day for one farm!
This makes a farm in a box a great addition to areas experiencing water shortages and droughts.
This way, residents can still have fresh, locally sourced produce without sacrificing their limited water supply.
Vertical farming techniques are one way a farm in a box grows enough crops to profit.
Vertical farming allows indoor farms to maximize the amount of plants they grow in such a small space.
In vertical systems, farmers grow plants in stacks.
Some container farms use towers or moving racks to farm vertically.
But these limit the size of crops and are prone to uneven water distribution and plant damage. Our Container Farms use a stationary tray system which are easy to use, ensure even water distribution, and are more efficient.
Container farms also employ controlled environment agriculture (CEA) technology.
Locally sourced produce is in high demand, but climates and seasons make it impossible for local farms to supply this demand year-round.
That’s where CEA comes in.
CEA technology allows farmers to control aspects of the farm’s environment, in order to simulate ideal outdoor growing conditions, such as temperature and humidity.
As a result, crops are grown all year, despite the weather and time of year.
Pure Greens Container Farms use a smartphone app to monitor and regulate the CEA system.
This aspect, combined with the soil-less features and size, make container farms an easy agricultural solution to food shortages.
In 2018, 37.2 million people were food insecure in the United States, meaning they didn’t have access to enough affordable, nutritious food.
The ability to place a high-yielding farm in the middle of a low-income urban area, means transportation to customers doesn’t have to be included in the cost of produce.
This brings affordable produce close to those who need it the most.
Similarly, because a farm in a box is a shipping container at its most basic form, it’s easy to move.
Therefore, it can be placed in remote, rural areas facing famine or high prices as a result of shipping costs, as well.
Plus, container farms help preserve natural farmland.
The agriculture industry is facing a land shortage due to soil erosion.
Soil erosion depletes the top layer of soil of its natural nutrients, making it unable to grow plants.
Half of the topsoil on earth has been depleted in the last 150 years.
In sum, container farms save water, lives, and soil!
There are a few different options out there for container farms, but it’s still blossoming industry.
Our Pure Greens Container Farms are excellent for entrepreneurs and organizations.
They come turnkey with free two-day training, so you don’t even have to be an expert to get started.
Some people opt to make their own farm in a box.
But this requires a lot of knowledge of both construction and hydroponic farming. It also requires a lot of time and resources that can be avoided by purchasing a prefabricated one.
Our farms are easy to use for beginners and pros alike!
To learn more about how you can start your own farm in a box, visit our website or call us at 602-753-3469.