It seems like a scene straight out of a science fiction movie from the 50’s. Installing farms in the middle of urban environments, using no energy sources but the sun, or growing fresh produce in the middle of a winter storm all seem like far-fetched fictional ideas. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Garden containers are now becoming a rage in big cities in North America, and should soon see their way here.
What started out as a lease, a container can now be bought as a way to bring the garden to the city, to the bush, or to just about anywhere else it’s needed. The container farms are a new business idea being brought to life by some industrious entrepreneurs who see the problems of the future, and are willing to stand up and do something about.
It’s just a fact that the world’s population is increasing every year, and more and more of those people are migrating into the city to seek jobs and a better life. This takes away from the farm land surrounding the cities and makes it harder to produce fresh, local food. The solution of container farms represents a new way of attacking the problem: Bring the farm to the people, and not the other way around.
How Does a Container Farm Work?
The basic premise, although it’s different in each model, is that the container is modified to accommodate life. It is fitted with Led lights to simulate the sun, climate controls to regulate heat and humidity, and timers and pumps to keep everything automatic and optimal. The entire set-up can even be run off the grid with solar panels attached to the roofs of these containers to keep the costs low.
The plants are arranged in vertical rows, suitable for hydroponic systems to grow any type of fruit or vegetable desired. The pumps and timers regulate the light, temperature and nutrients being fed to the plants. All of this promises to see a harvest within the first 6 weeks of plugging the whole system in.
Who Would Use the Farm Container?
Lease an apartment in any big city, and it’s soon apparent that green space comes a high cost. Most apartments do have access to rooftop terraces or other common areas, but they often only have a few trees or planted pots. Residents of urban environments can see the benefit to having their own garden in city, and they can produce their own food in a sustainable way.
Restaurants have been noticing this trend as well. As consumers demand more sustainable, organic food, these mobile farms promise supply their needs in any season, just by owning the container.
To lease these farms can be costly as the concept is still being tested. It’s an exciting and innovative way to consider the problem facing everyone and coming up with potential solutions for them.