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TerraFarms – An Expansion of Shipping-Container Farming

Touch the Soil News #897 (Feature photo – courtesy of Local Roots) A company in Los Angeles, California called Local Roots has been working on refining what they call TerraFarms. They are old shipping containers retrofitted to be indoor farms for “greens”. The retrofitted containers can produce a volume of greens that would normally come off a five (5) acre farm. Interestingly, Local Roots just sold some TerraFarms to the United Nations World Food Programme. This agency is at the forefront of mitigating hunger in crisis areas around the world. The World Food Programme, while it deals primarily in staples such as rice or beans, says millions of impoverished people…

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Developing New Farmers

Touch the Soil News #724 (Feature Photo – Kimball Musk – cofounder of Square Roots, and brother of Elon Musk of Tesla – CC SA 3.0 GNU Free Doc License) For years, the USDA has been publishing statistics that farmers are getting older and the children are not coming home to the farm. Many young people, who are not farmers, do want to come home to the farm, just not the industrial farm in the hinterlands. Welcome to Square Roots. It’s a company dedicated to cultivating new farmers. Only these new farmers do not have a farming background, they are staying in the city and their getting set up into…

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Is Shipping Container Farming for You?

Touch the Soil News #711 (photo courtesy of Alescalife) Chinese startup Alescalife is promoting shipping container farming. Their business model is to create and sell what they call the EDN (Every Day Nutrition). They refer to the EDN as the all-in-one solution optimized for growers of every size. Alescalife boasts that its shipping container farms can be operated by one person working about 2 hours a day. The farm comes with a one-year guarantee. The company does not publish a price. Alescalife recently came into the news because of the enormous agricultural problems China has. Estimates are that one fifth of farmland in China is compromised by chemicals and toxins.…

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