A new way of farming is coming ! Only available in the USA for the moment, At Pepitas And Co we love the concept.
So, What is it about ?
A Complete off-grid toolkit for tech-powered agriculture !
Farm from a Box provides communities with the tools required to grow their own food and earn an income. Built from a modified shipping container, each unit contains a complete ecosystem of smart farm technologies to enhance agricultural productivity; from renewable power and micro-drip irrigation, to Information and Communications Technology.
Building Local Food Economies
The need to provide a sustainable food supply both domestically and globally is significant and riddled with challenges. From dwindling natural resources, to a lack of infrastructure that can support reliable crop growth, we have to provide communities with the tools to grow their own food locally and earn a livelihood.
In response, Farm From A Box developed a comprehensive solution that acts as the “Swiss-Army knife” of sustainable farming; a single, deliverable unit that contains all of the core components needed for a 2-acre farm. Powered by renewable energy, Farm from a Box is ideal for any application that requires a comprehensive system that enables sustained local food production, without need for an existing grid.
Using regenerative agriculture techniques with precision farming technology, Farm from a Box has developed the most efficient and easy mechanism for starting and maintaining a planted farm. They use regenerative farming practices to grow seasonal, regionally appropriate food.
As a turnkey farm kit, Farm from a Box is ideal for a variety of uses:
Community Sustained Agriculture initiatives (CSAs)
Food and science education in schools
Addressing the nutritional needs of urban food deserts
Farm-to-table food for employees, restaurants, and businesses
Support not-for-profit organizations
Turn unproductive land into a farming enterprise
Custom Tailored with Tools, Technology and Training
Each system can be tailored to fit the needs of the end user, available resources, and local climatic conditions. Every unit comes equipped with a renewable power system, internet connectivity, basic farm tools, micro-drip irrigation system and water pump that can be adapted to fit either a groundwell or municipal water supply.
Every Farm from a Box unit can be customized with optional components including sensors, water purification units, and even remote monitioring technology.
Included in the system is a 3-part training program:
Sustainable Farming Practices
Technology Use and Maintenance
Farming as an Enterprise
Farm from a Box is a for-profit social enterprise that is using a market-based approach to bring struggling communities the farming capabilities that they need to grow their own food and generate an income.
Farm from a Box works to create an enabling mechanism to:
- Increase yields and extend growing season
- Build a regenerative, sustainable production system
- Provide access to power and clean water
- Bridge the technology “access gap”
- Improve and contribute to local economies
- Build community resilience to challenges
- Foster greater gender equity and empowerment
Smart Farm Technology
They created a collaborative platform that combines the “best of” technologies into a shared and complete solution. Farm from a Box harnesses the power of green technology and pairs it with sustainable farming techniques to empower communities. From off-grid weather systems and sensor technology, to geo-spatial mapping software and market information, we ensure that we provide access to timely and accurate information for improved agricultural production.
Sustainable, climate smart farming starts with restoring and maintaining healthy soil. Healthy soils produce higher yields. Techniques like composting, crop rotation and diversification, cover cropping, and no till practices nurture the soils fertility and helps produce a healthier crop.
Farm from a Box integrates an agroecological farming approach that actively regenerates life and biodiversity, using natural resources wisely.
If your are interested, do not hesitate to contact them !
text photo and video credit : Farm from A Box