Freight Farms, a Boston-based manufacturer of commercial-grade hydroponic farms built inside shipping containers, announced a corporate expansion to the South End Exchange neighborhood of Boston.
"Local food is in high demand, and schools and businesses are prioritizing health, wellness and engagement now more than ever. The Leafy Green Machine (LGM) fits seamlessly in with their goals, and we are re-focusing to meet the demands of a new market -- it's a very dynamic time to be in ag tech," says Brad McNamara, co-founder and CEO.
"There are significant environmental benefits to farming in a hydroponic system, which allows farms to use 90% less water than traditional methods," says Jon Freidman, president and co-founder. "The contained environment also eliminates the need for herbicides or pesticides, and the ability to farm anywhere reduces the impact of food transportation. As our user base expands to larger organizations, we look forward to seeing sustainable produce spread to new markets."
The Leafy Green Machine contains all the components needed for commercial food production, equipped with the most advanced growing technology and engineered for easy operation, allowing users of all backgrounds to immediately start growing fresh food produce year-round. The 40-foot container can produce 2-4 tons of produce a year, comes equipped with 256 vertical growing towers to maximize space and production, features 3,600 seedling sites and 4,300 growing sites and operates in climates between -40°F and 120°F 365 days a year.