Aiming to expand operation into $7.5 million farm

US (OK): Tulsa container farm operator believes music boosts plant growth

Food on the Move, a new container farm based in Tulsa, has landed in Oklahoma, and it has a rather unique feature: a set of surround-sound speakers. And William Woods likes to play oldies for the plants. “It sounds kind of hippie-dippie,” Woods said Tuesday. But the results speak for themselves. 

This new container farm is an early phase of Food on the Move’s plan to build a full-scale “urban farm” in north Tulsa. The music, of course, can’t take all the credit. Woods and the rest of the Food on the Move crew have worked hard to find just the right mix of nutrients, hydration, lighting, and temperature control to maximize efficiency. 
“People think, ‘Well, this is an automated farm. You just do the seeding and come back and harvest in a few weeks,” Wood said. “But you can’t take the human factor out of things. You still have to be a farmer. You still have to be involved.”

While the container garden has been in use for three months, officials didn’t officially cut the ribbon for it until Tuesday. Food on the Move launched the garden with help from the Public Service Company of Oklahoma and EPRI, an independent nonprofit energy research and development institute that has piloted more than 20 container gardens across the United States.

Food on the Move, founded by pop singer Taylor Hanson, plans to expand the operation into a $7.5 million farm that will use hydroponics and aquaponics technology, allowing it to operate inside a warehouse-style building the group will build near Tulsa Community College’s Northeast Campus.

Read the entire article at Tulsa World  

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