Freight Farms, founded by Boston-based Jon Friedman and Brad McNamara, are recycled shipping containers transformed into high volume crop production units that have created an urban farming solution, allowing fresh food to be grown in any environment by anyone.
Their units are fitted with climate and system controls, which lets them grow virtually any kind of produce at any time of year. They can be stacked anywhere, creating a sustainable innovation in the food production model. They use natural pesticides, LED grow lights and filtered rainwater, and there are a number of benefits:
Freight Farms are easy to use systems that increase local fresh food access, create a local food economy, keep money in the community and decrease the carbon footprint of food production. The system is designed to be largely self sustained and be as automated as possible. Solar energy will provide the majority of electricity that is needed while a traditional connection will allow the unit to be plugged in when/if necessary.
This Freight Farm project has reached its goal on crowdfunding site Kickstarter, enabling them to start building a 53′ x 8.6′ unit in March and allowing them to donate their entire first harvest cycle.
Check out their pitch video below: