Image 1: Shipping Containers are Paving the Way for Modern Farming Techniques
When you think of farming, you think of vast green fields under the heat of the sun. You wouldnt think of refrigerated shipping containers parked in some dank parking lot behind your apartment complex. Then again, thats exactly whats happening more nowadays. Container farming is fast becoming a trend among wannabe-farmers and the best part is you wouldnt even have to up and leave the city to fulfill this dream.
Agricultural Farming Made Possible in Urban Areas
Thanks to Shipping Containers
March 21, 2017
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Farming in a Container What makes shipping containers such a viable alternative to huge plots of land--that not everyone can afford to have anyway--is that it can be fitted with the right equipment that will simulate the optimal conditions for growing produce. From herbs to leafy greens, gardens and nurseries have already been tried and tested within the limited space of a container. Key to making it work is by installing efficient hydroponic systems, which essentially is farming but sans soil and within a tightly controlled environment. The technology certainly is a crucial element in container farming. Having the container is definitely important, but the work does not stop there. Practical Benefits If you need convincing whether container farming is something that youd want to do, either as a hobby or a business, here are some of the more obvious benefits that you can derive from it. Less Energy Consumption Farm lots need to invest in good irrigation systems in order to properly water the crops. According to data, agriculture makes use of as much as 80% of the countrys consumptive water use. Thats a lot of water spent on farming year on year. What must be considered here, however, is that farm water does have costs to it too, and these expenses constantly rise as well. With hydroponics in container farming, you can reduce water consumption by as much as 90% as compared to the more traditional farming methods. Critics may say that what you save in water is going to cost you in electricity anyway. However, the truth is that each container, only uses 30,000 kWh of electricity, and thats for the entire year already. Depending on your set-up, you can even use LED for even smarter energy use. Expandable Space In small plots, its very easy to expand farming space by simply stacking containers one on top of another. Since the expansion is likely to be vertical, however, ensure that you have the necessary safety permits and that the units will be stacked properly to prevent any untoward incidents.
Its best to get units guaranteed to be structurally sound or which can be further fortified, even if you dont have any plans of stacking as of yet. At the very least, at least youll have your materials already set and prepared by the time that you do decide to expand. About Equipment Management Services: We are a trusted provider of shipping containers, both new and used, for individuals and companies. We take great pride in having been recognized multiple times over with awards such as Depot of the Year from various international leasing companies. Sources: Meet a Baby-Boomer Couple Farming in Shipping Containers. Modern Farmer. One Freight Crate, Two Acres of Urban Farming. CityLab.