If you are stoked about investing in a Modular Farm but you are unsure if it is the right fit for your business goals, romaine calm! Whether you are a first-time framer or your family is filled with multi-generational growers, getting involved in modular farming is an exciting opportunity with bountiful rewards, although it is also a big commitment. It is never been easier to get growing, but before you do, make sure you understand the spatial, structural, electrical, water and other technical requirements of each system.
Both Primary and Macro Modules require a small amount of space around the perimeter to allow access to external equipment, like HVAC. If you choose to add on a Vestibule or Sprout Module to your farm, you will need even more extra space available on either side of the door. Each Modular Farm is unique, and requirements can vary depending on the site. Generally, the combined ‘pad’ dimensions should measure 15 m long x 9 m wide.
It is important to make sure you have a level surface for your new Modular Farm. Substrate/pad materials can include gravel or trap rock, railroad ties (creosote free), Sonotube or concrete slab. Just stay away from softer surfaces like soil and grass to avoid sinking your farm.
Depending on your market size, there are a range of modules to fit your needs. When choosing the best option, the following requirements may make or break your decision. You must ensure your potential area is spatially suited for a Modular Farm and can withstand the much-needed weight.
Each Module requires a three-phase, 50-amp service and 130 amps usage at peak. Separate metering is recommended to track electrical usage but is not required if a dedicated/direct hydro service is being provided.
Water supply to your Modular Farm can be provided via soft (garden hose) or hard (pipe) lines. Even if you live where temperatures drop below freezing, a soft, portable, and water-safe garden hose is recommended. Frozen pipes? Oh, kale, no. Frozen lines are a liability with the potential to create unmanageable costs for new farmers. Your desired location should have optimal water supply, so it is smart to test the quality of the water before your farm is delivered. This will help determine any water management protocols needed for your crops, and reveal any potential issues with pathogens, bacteria, or harmful elements.
If you have confirmed all of the above requirements for a Modular Farm, yours can be transported to you by land or sea. Your farm will arrive on a flatbed transport or semi-truck. A crane with spreader bar equipment is required for the unloading process, which typically takes three to five hours. Modular Farm Field Agents are available for encourage-mint and to ensure a smooth transition so you can get planting as soon as possible.
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