Turning Shipping Containers Into Portable Hydroponic Farms

in #food3 years ago

A growing number of people today are reportedly looking to consume organic, ethically-sourced, and sustainable products. And a great deal of folks are willing to pay more for their items if they feel confident that they are purchasing something that's a superior product.

This has given rise to a myriad of growing trends over the last several years, including a surge in interest surrounding aquaponics, hydroponics, underground greenhouses, and more. People are interested in making the most that they can with their space and with hydroponic farming, that allows people to grow vertically instead of needing to have many acres of land to farm. Not only that, but it enables farmers to grow indoors, requiring less water and land than traditional farming methods.

Hydroponic farms have become wildly popular in recent years, and you can now find a variety of kits for sale that will enable you to get your very own vegetable or herb-growing operation started etc, right in the comfort of your own home.

The hydroponic market is now expected to reach $400 million in the next few years, with strong interest for hydroponic farming seen growing throughout Europe and the United States.


In Miami...

One hydroponics startup known as Box Greens has been doing things a little different and they've been using old shipping containers to grow and house their produce for local consumers.

The company retrofits the shipping containers (see image below) so that they eventually become portable farms that are able to grow non-GMO goods, the container is then placed at a location that's close to where the produce will ultimately be consumed.


With hydroponic farming, the food is grown without any soil, though they do use organic nutrients as a part of the growing process.

Many of these grow operations are taking place inside, and the plants are being fed an exact amount of nutrients that gets delivered straight to the roots of the plant. Growing inside also allows farmers to move away from overloading their crops with pesticides, herbicides, and other poisons.

Box Greens was started by sisters Lisa Merkle and Cheryl Arnold and it marks Miami's very first hydroponic incubator that is currently seeking 501(c)(3) status. Merkle is a cancer survivor who had been diagnosed back in 2016 but she is now living cancer free. The team behind Box Greens are dedicated to growing and harvesting quality food products that will go to feeding undeserved communities and others.

Box Greens is dedicated to delivering local, organic, and fresh ingredients to people throughout the city. You can find a myriad of hydroponic operations taking place, from New York to California. From shipping containers to old fallout shelters, many farmers and entrepreneurs have been getting creative with where they grow.

There are many areas throughout the U.S. that have been described as “food deserts” where it's very difficult for people to get fresh produce and these containers would help to address that problem.

For Box Greens, the amount of food that they are able to grow using their shipping containers, is estimated to be around the same amount that they would be able to grow if they had almost 2 acres of land (1.5 acres). They've been growing lettuce, kale, microgreens, and more. They expect that their first containers will be ready by December of this year.

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pic 2 Instagram/boxgreens
pic 3 = Instagram/boxgreens

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The food of the future! I agree that there are a myriad of trending growing methods. On our homestead we are considering aquaponics simply because our South African home is 4 years into a drought and our already downscaled veggie gardens need more water than we can spare. Thanks to @lenasveganliving for resteeming your excellent post @doitvoluntarily

thank you for your feedback, if you do get into the aquaponics i hope to see you post about it on steemit :) or dtube? etc..

Most certainly I'll be posting. Our homestead has a very very sloooooow and unreliable internet connection so I barely watch dtube let alone post

This is a brilliant idea; I hope we will see it soon here in Toronto!

and in many other places:)

@doitvoluntarily thank you very much for sharing this excellent news, the demand for healthy foods will be growing more and more, the farming has to be prepared for the great growth of the demand of these products, this seeding methodology can become theoluccion
I wish you a great day dear friend

thanks for stopping by @jlufer

The truth is that if organic food has become very common although in my country we do not have that culture, if you see organic products but there are not so many advances or projects, we are a little behind but this idea is good

My friend is keen on hydroponics, constantly reading articles on this topic.

that's cool, does he have his own operation set up?

How fascinating concept my friend I would enjoy learning more about the process thanks so much for sharing

Thanks for the great news! This represent a appropriate response to the big AG disaster we're facing. Being able to build modular units for food production is huge. Now if we could only get municipalies and cities to get on board with 100% renewable energy....

If people start tasting real food, who knows what would happen. Maybe there would be a mass migration to the country where underutilized or over mechanized lands would once again receive the human attention and intelligent design required for a truly sustainable food system. WE'll see. Thanks again for the inspiring news tidbit!

What is really sad is that these people can't grow these things in the ground in an organic farm.

It has gotten so bad out there, with regulations, zoning, HOAs, and BigAg that many organic farmers are just doing everything portable.

Chicken coops on wheels.
Growing plants in palletized raised beds.

Where you can simply pick up the whole farm and move it.

Wow this is very interesting and exciting, I must admit that I am a lover of soil and love to grow my food in soil, but this really deals with a lot of issues that growers face in small and even non existent places.
In saying that I have grown wheat grass this way very successfully. obviously very small scale though. It is so impressive the volume of greens that can be grown inside the container, thanks for this xx
Yet another great use for storage containers

what technology does with agriculture this is successful, great topic friend and interesting

wuao had not seen and I did not know about this hydroponic crop is really interesting, I think you work less than on the ground and the vegetables look very good, I like that is really incredible