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Benefits of Container Farming

April 2016 marked the 60th anniversary of the first voyage of the Ideal X, the origin of modern container shipping. This expansion played a critical role in driving the global economy. The modern shipping container has improved much more than the shipping industry. It has entirely transformed supply chains, improved domestic and international economies across the globe while driving trillions of dollars in yearly trade. But that was the beginning; now, shipping containers are used for homes, agriculture, and art installations. Let's look at the benefits of container farming. 

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6 Benefits of Vertical Farming

Producing large quantities of quality crops year-round using advanced vertical farming methods is becoming increasingly popular. Whether it's in a container farm, indoor grow, or greenhouse, growing up instead of out is a viable option. Let's examine why vertical farming plays a considerable role in the future of global food production.

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Container Farming Basics

Despite a desire for locally grown produce, almost half of the fresh fruits and vegetables bought by American's last year were grown outside of the United States. According to the USDA, in 2008, organic produce grown in the US accounted for less than one percent of total crop acreage, and improvements have been slow.

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Customer Highlight - Thrive Containers

 

In November 2020, Thrive Containers launched its new intelligent container technology to disrupt the commercial farming industry. With COVID-19 and climate change creating strains in global food accessibility and supply chains, the founders of Thrive Containers rethought the world's agriculture systems. By enabling local growers to provide fresh produce within their community, the St Petersburg, FL manufacturer has impacted the gap in accessibility to fresh produce. 

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CropBox -  Vertical Crop Consultants

South of the North Carolina state capital of Raleigh is the small rural town of Clinton, N.C., the headquarters for Vertical Crop Consultants, or Cropbox. 

Tripp Williamson, Owner, and Founder started VCC in 2016, after years of working for the family business, Williamson Greenhouses, and finding his passion and success. Tripp had the vision to create more innovative and sustainable ways to grow local produce. He also wanted to provide insights to all indoor growers, not just the shipping container market.

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Container Farming

 

Success Stories: Brick Street Farms

Growing produce in retrofitted shipping containers has received notable buzz over the past five to ten years as produce is grown locally and organically, in most cases. The fully insulated contained structure allows for year-round growth regardless of harsh, exterior environments. Container farming has many benefits, including reduced water usage and the lack of need for harmful pesticides.

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