The Boston-based founders of Freight Farms have found an urban farming solution that can work anywhere and for just about anyone. These amazing recycled shipping containers are outfitted with climate and system controls that allow even the most inexperienced person to grow virtually any kind of produce at any time of year. A subsistence farmer? Grab one shipping container. The neighborhood green-grocer? Why not grab a few? In any case, pesticide and herbicide-free freight farms can be stacked anywhere, creating an scalable, sustainable solution to our pressing food challenges.
Freight farms have numerous benefits. In addition to being very easy to implement, they increase the amount of fresh food available in any given city, enhance the local economy, and keep food miles to an absolute minimum. They are also designed to be as self-sustaining as possible and use natural pesticides (like ladybugs) instead of nasty chemicals. Rainwater is harvested and then filtered for use on the produce.
LED grow lights keep overall energy use low, though what little energy is required to maintain an optimum interior environment is mostly provided by photovoltaic panels placed on the top of the shipping container. Jon Friedman and Brad McNamara have listed this truly groundbreaking Freight Farm project on Kickstarter, in order to get the funding they need to lift off the ground. They are doing quite well already, but if you feel like pitching in, feel free to visit Kickstarter for more information.