Do you want to sell your product where there is a constant demand? Do you want to make sure that your product could be easily transported and unloaded? Create a production based on a standard freight container. As you may have guessed, we will talk about the organization of the garden in the transported cargo container. This is a great idea to start a farm business.
Perhaps in the near future on our roads will drive real farm and provide us with fresh vegetables all year round. American Company Freight Farms (freightfarms.com) believes that in this way is our future. Two enterprising young people from the company decided to create a green garden inside the cargo container. Thus the idea was transformed into a business.
Vegetable garden is now possible to carry over any distance, and to deliver the goods even the most distant buyer.
Inside the container is a modern farm on the basis of hydroponics, which can be grown all year round greens and vegetables.
This garden in a container can be placed in any city right next to the store. Now you can deliver products directly to the store, bypassing the middlemen and transportation costs.
Income and expenses of your farm business
How much does a bunch of dill? About $10 per kilogram or $1 per pack. How many bunches of dill fit in a big box? Not less than 3000 units (as it is written by the manufacturer). In monetary terms, this is 3000 x $ 1 = $ 3,000 per harvest. A year can be collected at least 10 crops dill. That is, from one garden in a container can receive an income of $ 30,000.
Of course, the required expenses for electricity, water and maintenance. Let us give you more accurate figures for income and expenses.
Freight Farms sells container gardens for 76,000 dollars. This amount includes not only the container with shelves, but clever system, which itself grows almost the entire crop. Plus software and mobile application with which the owner of the farm can watch your farm remotely (i.e. not need to hire caretaker).
13 thousand dollars is expended on electricity per year. Pays off a container for 2-4 years. Long? But true.
You can reduce the cost of electricity through the use of alternative energy sources. Solar panels and wind turbines will be able to give a part of their electricity. But the mobility of such systems decreases significantly and the installation will take too much time.
Freight Farms founders say their main customers – the people who every day go to work and at the same time want to have extra income. It’s like a mobile home. Expensive purchase and live just 50 years, but it soon will start to bring a stable income.
Moreover, the money it brings year-round, regardless of location.
In my opinion, a great boxed business. This garden (container with farm inside) should certainly more expensive than if the client can manually create a similar system (although not a fact – in mass production), but it is already fully staffed and can be used immediately. And while saving the entrepreneur will have to manually configure your hydroponics, another happy buyer farm in a container already planted the first seeds.