The Only 100% Organic Soil Based Container Farm
What Can Grow?
We are currently growing the following leafy greens, but the list of what we’re capable of growing is much longer. As a standard, the best type of produce for our containers has a short grow cycle, is relatively short (about 12″ or less), and is prone to spoilage quickly. Since we bypass spoilage, this makes our container an ideal option. Such produce would include leafy greens, herbs, microgreens, and lettuces. We also offer grow trellises in our environment for growing vine produce such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers. Not recommended for our containers are stalks, trees, large produce such as melons, and root vegetables. Though root vegetables can be grown, their already inherently long shelf life does not make them a viable option in a competitive market.
40 types of produce have been grown and more are continually being added. Our interest is in developing an environment where the taste palettes of different cultures and communities can be enjoyed throughout the world.
Depending on the variety of produce grown, production translates to anywhere from 300 to 750 pounds of produce per week for a single container, depending on container size. That’s 1,200 to 3,000 pounds every 28 days!
Quantity-wise, this equates to about 3,500 plants in a 20-foot container, 7,500 in a 40-foot, and 10,000 plants in a 53-foot container per month. Again, variety of plant is a factor. For example, where 7,500 romaine lettuce heads may be expected in our 40-foot container, you can also expect about 9,500 basil plants in the same space.
The overall field equivalent is about 2-4 acres in a year’s harvest, per container. Remember, multiple containers may be utilized as space allows and stacked up to two units high.
Vegetables, Fruits & Herbs
Demand for organic food continues its dramatic climb with double-digit growth in the organic food market over the past 10 years. While growth explodes, the supply in the United States grows far slower than the demand. This is causing an ever-widening “gap” between growing demand and languishing supply.
So why aren’t more organic farms utilized in the U.S.? The answer is simple – time and costs. To be qualified for organic certification, a farm must go through a process that takes 3-5 years. During this time, they’re required to put their farms into “organic mode” and the transition is costly. Once qualified, there are increased labor costs and supply costs to maintain an organic farm. Farmers are paying more for smaller fields and less volume. It simply does not add up. Even though organic produce is valued 30% higher than regular produce, the expenses involved out way the return.
That’s why Soil Based Containers are such a viable and necessary solution. Our containers are not subject to the 3-5 year certification process, and qualify for organic certification immediately. We also do not require an increased labor force. One entry-level grow operator is all that’s needed to manage a container, and the average supply cost of our standard 40′ container is $7 per day. Take into consideration that we can grow more produce per square feet, and our grow rates surpass that of conventional farms. The return is immense.