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The container turned farm by LED and other high-tech cultivation of vegetables than organic more gold.
- May 23, 2017 -

The Freight Farm, a Boston-based agricultural technology company, will convert refrigerated goods containers to farms, re-use LED lights and other high-tech support, in a limited space planted the equivalent of several acres of farmland crops.



Vertical development with energy-saving technology:



Into the inside of the Freight Farm container, comes with a comfortable temperature, humid air filled with the smell of the soil. Each 320-square-foot container is equipped with 256 vertically-stocked racks, with lettuce, vanilla and green leafy vegetables on the shelf enjoying pink light.


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In addition to 128 LED lights, there are circulating water systems in the container, 8 gallons of liquefied fertilizer troughs, and propane tanks that provide carbon dioxide. The above equipment requires only 10 gallons of water and 80 degrees of electricity per day. Under normal circumstances, vegetables from the seed to harvest only 6 weeks. According to the statistics of Freight Farm, each container can harvest an average of 48,568 can sell mini-lettuce per year, which is equivalent to 2 acres of farmland.


Freight Farm has been investing $ 5 million since its inception in 2010. According to the AgFunder report, agricultural and agricultural science and technology startups totaled $ 4.6 billion in 2015, nearly double the figure of $ 2.36 billion in 2014. For many agricultural start-ups, the sale of products is a big problem, but Freight Farm's business model is very different, the company did not set up commercial farms, but to provide the necessary food infrastructure and tools. Freight Farm's containers can return a series of data such as temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide to the company's central server.


Freight Farm offers buyers a two-day training course, as well as internal online forums, discussing topics such as crop selection and marketing concepts with other buyers, as buyers of many container farms are novice farmers.

Freight Farm has sold more than 60 containers so far in 22 states and two Canadian provinces, from the longer winter to the hot Texas. Freight Farm estimates this year is expected to sell 150 container farms, each priced at $ 80,000. What makes Freight Farm happier is that the container is gradually stationed on traditional farms, and many buyers buy containers as additional supplementary income for crop off-season.


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Vegetables are more hot than organic:
Most of the container farms are placed in the city's unusually empty space, sometimes even with the restaurant. "We planted in the morning and usually became a salad on the consumer's plate at noon," said Bobby Zuker, co-founder of Green Line Growers, a cultivator.


"The fat from the farms of the container farms is higher and the sesame leaves are better than those packaged in the wholesale market," said Mike Betts, a Boston-based private chef who buys green lettuce, kale, paprika and vanilla at Green Line Growers. "However, the price of fresh vegetables is also higher, Green Line Growers mini-lettuce each priced at $ 1.25, more than the average organic shop more than doubled.


Since the container farms are not subject to geographical environment and climate constraints, can they replace traditional agriculture for watching the day? Giraam Greens co-founder and CEO Viraj Puri said, unfortunately, the indoor farm and can not replace the traditional agriculture.


"Water plants and greenhouse agriculture are only suitable for some fruits and vegetables, such as perishable green leafy vegetables, salad and vanilla, as well as vines such as tomatoes, cucumber and eggplant, etc. If you plant cereals, rhizome vegetables and tropics Fruit is not cost effective. "


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