Meet Jon Friedman, the founder of Freight Farms, a company that makes farming possible around the world.
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In agriculture, only certain crops can grow in certain climates. Thanks to modern advances in refrigeration and transportation, many places have been able to circumvent this problem. Much of the food we get in our supermarket is only available to us because it has been carefully refrigerated and transported from where it was created.
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However, communities around the world do not always have access to certain cultures. Freight Farms allows using shipping containers to create vertical farms that can fit anywhere.
“We use a shipping container to create a turnkey grow facility that can ship anywhere in the world and grow exactly the same in any climate,” Friedman told In The Know.
The company also offers training, tools and resources for those interested in operating one of its farms. Freight Farms’ flagship product is Greenery S.
“This is a fully customized 40-foot shipping container for the increasing precision levels of hydroponic vegetables,” Friedman said. “So you can put one in any environment in the world, and it will grow 365 days a year, over a thousand heads of lettuce a week. It actually does over 500 different crops.
The Greenery S can produce pumpkins, watermelons, peppers, flowers, tomatoes and more. What makes the Greenery S so innovative is that you don’t need access to a large land mass or even water.
“We take the water out of the air and bring it back and filter it into the tank. Really, Greenery S is a way to democratize access to agriculture,” he said.
The shipping container creates an instant, controlled environment at a much more affordable cost than a greenhouse or warehouse. Its simplicity makes it possible for almost anyone who wants to grow to use the Greenery S, as no science and engineering skills are required to operate it.
This can go a long way in solving problems such as food shortage caused by environmental damage.
“The need for alternative agricultural solutions is really driven by the terrible depletion of land, the scarcity of water resources, the risk in our supply chain – centralized production and distribution does not really support all people in the world and all the places that need access to it.” Friedman said.
“With the Greenery S, we’ve linked that to renewable energy distribution, so it’s really the most sustainable way to grow. And we need to make that change as a global population.
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