Sustainable Agriculture in Shipping Containers
As a provider of ship chandler services in South Africa, the Link Ship Chandlers team has a keen interest in all types of technology pertaining to the shipping container trade. While our professional focus lies on ocean-bound containers, it’s always wonderful to see how entrepreneurs around the globe are utilising this multifaceted trade tool to create inspiring spaces and, increasingly, sustainable tech solutions.
Cue: Freight Farms, the brainchild of co-founders Brad McNamara and Jon Friedman, who saw a need for urban agriculture to emerge as a competitive industry in the food landscape. The pair originally focussed on rooftop greenhouses when they established their business in 2010, but soon realised that they needed to find a more modular and scalable solution if they wanted to achieve their goals. This is when they realised that housing their tech in shipping containers would not only cut down on costs and logistics, but also allow these micro-farms to exist in areas that aren’t suitable for traditional methods, such as Canadian wildernesses, Middle Eastern deserts, congested urban areas, and everything in between.
Today, there are Freight Farmers from all around the world and all kinds of different backgrounds, all with one goal in mind – shortening the ever-growing distance between farm and fork. With this shipping container technology, small-scale farmers have the ability to grow high-quality, sustainable produce 365 days a year.
But how does it work, right? It’s fairly complex (check out the intricacies of the system here), but here’s the gist of it. The Greenery™ is a versatile, turnkey farming solution that combines dynamic aisles with plant panels and LED technology to boost yields and create streamlined operations for the farmer. Bright, directional light provide plants with triple the light energy of conventional sunlight, which results in larger crops in less time; while the 5-channel plant panel design unlocks more growing space (93 878 in total!). It also comes equipped with climate automation courtesy of the farmhand® app, which allows farmers to monitor and control the climate within the container remotely. In short – it’s pure magic.
So there you have it – a concise look at the shipping container farms that may very well change the accessibility of urban farming the world over. For more helpful tips and info from inside the Link Ship Chandlers camp, keep an eye on the blog in coming weeks and months. We always have our ear to the ground and take pride in sharing the latest shipping news as it becomes available.