Vertical Field:

First farm installed in Russia

“It is unique that our technology can grow produce in the middle of the desert and also in the middle of Russian winters,” says Noa Winston, Marketing director at Vertical Field. "We are very excited to launch this project, enabling Russian consumers to access the freshest produce possible, all year long. Everyone deserves the…

Colorado-based creator of indoor farms in shipping containers

Are high-tech containers the future of farming?

FarmBox Foods, based in Sedalia, has spent the last four years developing automated farms in shipping containers to grow gourmet mushrooms, organic leafy greens, and culinary herbs. The company is focused on helping feed those living in food deserts while empowering local communities and providing jobs…

US (CO): Prototype of hydroponic system turns heads at high school

Valor Christian High School’s project-based learning environment is helping to lead the next generation of agriculturists to the greener pastures of the future. The Applied STEM Program, led by director Rick Russon, enables students to put into practice what they learn in the classroom, preparing them…

Ongoing shipping logjam makes a case for decentralized food supply

A post-pandemic resurgence in sales across multiple industries has put an unprecedented strain on shipping, and the logjam shows few signs of easing. It’s only in times like these that massive shifts in behavior manifest themselves, and the idea of decentralizing the food supply chain begins to look…

Jake Felser on hydroponic agriculture and container farming

Earth911 talks with Jake Felser, chief technology officer at Freight Farms, about the company’s “complete farming system inside a box.” It’s a very big box that includes climate controls and monitoring systems to make farming easy for anyone to do. Freight Farms builds and delivers shipping containers…

The Growcer

CAN: "We need a variety of vertical farming solutions at different scales"

It’s been two years since Virginia Muswagon and Ian Maxwell started growing fresh produce for Norway House Cree Nation using a hydroponic container garden. Together they are co-managers of Life Water Gardens (Pimâtisiwin Nipî Kistikânihk) and they seed, harvest, and deliver fresh produce to their local…

Contain announces finance arrangement with Edible Beats

"We feel this is just the beginning of what we can grow”

Contain is pleased to announce a financing agreement arranged between Edible Beats Restaurant Group and a prominent lender for a controlled-environment container farm, FarmBox Foods. Edible Beats is a locally owned Denver-based restaurant group. Edible Beats will be able to grow herbs, leafy greens,…

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CAN: Funding for Indigenous agriculture makes food security project grow into fresh produce

A Prince Rupert container farm has become an overwhelming success with partial financial assistance through B.C. Agriculture Development Funding of which a new round is available, announced the Ministry of Agriculture Food and Development, on July 5. The nearly $5 million funding is available through the…

By Natural Grocers

GardenBox: hydroponic farm to grow in-store

Natural Grocers is bringing local hydroponic, organic produce grown just steps away from its customers with the launch of its new hydroponic GardenBoxTM. A variety of GardenBox lettuces such as Hampton, Brentwood, Alkindus, Tropicana, Muir, Marciano, and Truchas will be sold at the Green Mountain…

Urban Crop Solutions

Providing tailored crop recipes, so clients can hit the ground running

“You could best divide our products and services into three parts, being: external research and in-house contract research in our R&D labs, providing total indoor farming solutions, and collaborating in research projects,” explains Maarten Vandecruys, co-founder and CTO at Urban Crop Solutions (UCS).  The…

BrightBox Farms:

Gideon Saunders sees Alaska’s farming future in hydroponics

Nestled alongside an otherwise ordinary house on Kodiak rests a shipping container. It seems out of place, but even more conspicuous is the garden inside of it. BrightBox Farm’s growing area looks like a prop from a movie about space exploration. Using this shipping container has enabled Gideon Saunders…

US (IN): "Creating jobs is going to be a big part of the quality of life"

CASS Gardens is now selling its first harvest. It’s an offshoot of CASS Housing, which helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live independently. The vegetables are cared for by three of the CASS House residents and teach them new skills as well as offers a way for them to earn…

Perfect spot for vegetable-growing entrepreneurs? A shipping container

A shipping container. A sliver of land along a rail line. Two entrepreneurs with a plan to grow food year-round. Derek Panzer and Richard Cane are hatching a plan to make use of a vacant piece of property by producing vegetables in a hydroponic, vertical garden inside a steel box. It’ll lay the…

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Sweden: Growing food in Umeå

Ellen Bergström and Daniel Remes are growing food in Umeå, Sweden to create a resilient and sustainable local food system. Although they had little agriculture experience, the realization that their community needed a dependable food supply chain that offered fresh, quality produce even through the long, dark winter months, led…

Growtainer

US (PA): Container farm to be delivered to school in Oakmont

CEA Advisors announced today that they have delivered another custom-built 40’ Growtainer® Vertical Farm to the Riverview School District in Oakmont, PA. Unlike other school’s container farms that can only teach one method of production, this farm is specifically designed to teach the students about…

Growing insects in a shipping container

Better Origin, the Cambridge-based agritech business, has a solution to the broken food chain. By using both nature and AI, they’re addressing the global food security problem. Their solution to food waste increases food security and improves animal welfare and sustainability. Their product – the Better…

UrbanaGrow

UrbanaGrow to tackle Chile's rising food prices concern

Chile: New modular farms with two separate growing areas

With the goal to overcome agricultural challenges in Chile, the four partners and founders of UrbanaGrow decided to introduce a new solution of its kind. UrbanaGrow, a startup based in Santiago, Chile, developed a new modular farm model, with the option of two separate growing areas. The separation…

Suitable growing tray for Danish trolley developed

Beekenkamp Verpakkingen B.V. brings another novelty to the market. Until now, only the plant raising tray and the 60×40 cm growing tray were used to transport young vegetable plants from grower to production grower. Both solutions are very suitable when you work with the right trolleys. Especially in…

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US (KY): Elliott County High School receives new container farm

Students at Elliott County High School will soon be able to help grow food – not only for themselves but for the entire region. Each retrofitted shipping container acts as a hands-on agricultural classroom for students, allowing them to grow and provide fresh leafy greens to their classmates and those in…

Brick Street Farms

Brick Street Farms expands through Florida and East Coast

"We are as much a technology company as we are a farm operator”

“We really wanted to bring food production to the point of consumption, so we’re focused on embedding our farms in urban areas,” says Shannon O’Malley, CEO and co-founder of Florida-based container farming company, Brick Street Farms. The company was founded by Shannon and her husband Bradley, who…

Vertical Field

US (CA): Vertical Field to provide demo unit to senior living homes

Vertical Field has signed an agreement with Calson Management to supply assisted living homes with on-site vertical farming units. According to the agreement, Vertical Field will provide a demo unit to the Glen Cove senior living lodge in Vallejo, California, and after a successful pilot will expand to…

Corey Ellis (Growcer)

CAN: Squamish Nation grows with hydroponic container farm

A big bright orange container has just landed in the Squamish Nation community of X̱wemelch'stn in North Vancouver. While the outside of the 40-foot container is rather striking, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. The container is a Growcer hydroponic modular farm that will support the community's…

Greeentech

Delivering to Prague, Dubai and Shanghai

Czech startup introduces new container farm to the market

A container farm supplied by GreeenTech will soon be parked in Prague's Smíchov district. The hydroponic container farm will grow herbs, vegetables and small fruits. The other two containers will go to Dubai and Shanghai.  "We bring a unique and modern approach to agriculture. With vertical hydroponics we…

"Ditching the soil and bringing a laptop"

A new veteran-owned farm in Moneta is revamping traditional farming with advanced technology to serve up the freshest greens all year long. Ditching the soil and bringing in a laptop, there’s a new hydroponic farm in Moneta. Using selective lighting, Vittone Farms is growing 6,000 greens a month in a…

Credit: Vertical Future

Vertical Future and Crate to Plate plan shipping container farms

Each of the 'container farms' will be able to produce up to five tons of leafy greens and veg each year with minimal carbon footprint, the firms claim.  Urban farming companies Vertical Future and Crate to Plate are together gearing up to rollout a fleet of indoor container farms in London, with each capable…

IKEA / Urban Crop Solutions

in collaboration with Urban Crop Solutions (Belgium)

IKEA launches vertical farming pilot at Malmö store

“We are continuously exploring how we can contribute to a better, greener and tastier future. By making healthier and sustainable food more accessible and affordable for many people,” said Sara Segergren, Project portfolio leader at IKEA, Ingka Group Sustainability. In collaboration with Urban Crop…

Facebook: CASS Housing

Housing nonprofit cultivating farmers

For a few moments early Friday morning, an 80-foot-by-40-foot shipping container the size of a semi hung high in the air, suspended by a huge crane. The construction site off Constance Avenue just north of Turnstone's adaptive sports complex is a bit different from most – the shipping container isn't for…

Amplified Ag

"The new system has optimized our production in the same square footage"

Grant Anderson, Better Fresh Farms' founder a client Amplified Ag, said, "Our AmplifiedAg farm replaced two existing models that were fairly inefficient for our goals. The new system has optimized our production in the same square footage."  AmplifiedAg has increased leafy green production by over 50% for…

Photo by Aaron Lacan

When a shipping container becomes a farm

The Hudson Valley is quite familiar with what it means to be farm-to-table, but what if the farm is also practically right next to the table, even in the more urban and metro areas? Here in the Hudson Valley, a 20 by 20-foot shipping container is being used to grow up to 400 pounds of fresh produce a…


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