US: Chicago is home to an artsy container farm

How often do you see a hand-painted shipping container in the middle of a metropolis like Chicago? What was once a nondescript shipping container is now a magical hydroponic farm.

Mary and Jacqueline Scala own this business in the Fulton Market District. The hydroponic farm allows them to grow fresh, organic produce year-round. Some of their enticing greens include bok choy, arugula, and bright lights swiss chard.

Mary says that she and Jacqueline grew up in Chicago and wanted to bring something to the city that would benefit all communities. They continue to work with urban developers, nonprofits, and the city of Chicago to eliminate food deserts and hunger in Chicago.

There are many reasons why container farming works. Hydroponic farms use 98% less water while yielding several acres of produce in a contained area. In addition, this type of farming utilizes low energy consumption, grows the most nutrient-dense produce, and builds community.

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