Growtainers, a Hydroponic Portable Farm
Imagine an option for growing food in challenging climates, such as a desert or the arctic, and presenting a cost-effective solution that local communities would have the opportunity to invest in.
Imagine a healthy and sustainable food production option that can be applied anywhere in the world.
These are the kinds of challenges that are being faced by a constantly evolving agricultural market.
Some people may be skeptical of ideas like hydroponic portable farms but there has been a recent history of new innovations like vertical farming and net zero structures that show how these methods are becoming a practical and viable option.
Remember when cell phones/smart phones came out? You might have thought that they were cool, but what’s the big deal? You might not have initially seen a need for the technology or the desire or use or own one yourself.
Some of you might remember when bottled water first came out?
I remember everyone saying that nobody would ever buy bottled water – it’s a scam!
That was one idea that actually seems to have backfired from a health perspective in the long run.
At the time, it was hard to foretell the environmental impact that bottled water would have.
Allowing corporations unlimited access to our natural resources, with operational impunity, has had devastating consequences to the environment. Millions distrust the quality of our drinking water. Bottled water for the most part actually contributes to the problem rather than the solution.
Can You Trust Your Grocery Store Produce?
This same process has been happening with our food.
Do you trust the food you see in your grocery store? More and more consumers are saying ‘no’.
Pesticides, GMO’s, herbicides, fungicides, glyphosate, salmonella, and e-coli are becoming mainstream issues and are the direct result of producing and consuming mass-produced food.
Can You Afford Grocery Store Produce?
The cost of food is rising on a continual basis. Which is leading to lower income families not being able to afford healthy food which would normally be available.
This is where Growtainer comes into the conversation. Growtainer has the ability to feed a growing market by converting insulated, recycled shipping containers into high density food producing eco-containers.
Local, Organic Food, Anywhere on Earth
That’s the motto of Growtainers.
With its customized, crop-specific vertical production, you can grow almost anything, almost anywhere.
A full-sized Growtainer costs approximately $90,000-$100,000, with the smaller version costing around $3,000.
A Growtainer includes a utility area that contains all pumps, tanks and environmental equipment, including its proprietary ebb and flood “HydroCurve” VPD water and nutrition delivery system. Each chamber is a positive pressure environment, which creates a natural barrier against pests and disease entering the production chambers.
The exterior of each unit has been treated with a ceramic paint developed by NASA for enhanced climate control. Each Growtainer conforms to many of the USDA and APHIS standards for approved greenhouses.
Also included is a pre-entrance and a disinfectant foot wash.
Yield Analysis of a Growtainer
Each of the five levels of the growing racks include one level dedicated to propagation and four levels for production, which grow 75 plants each or 300 plants per Growrack.
The ebb and flood system also consists of eight Growracks, each with four production levels that can produce a total of 5,520 plants in each 30 day cycle for a total of 66,240 plants per year. It also includes one level for propagation.
“We have found that LED lit, climate-controlled vertical farming is perfect for the production of herbs and leafy greens. Products can even be grown in a supermarket parking lot. Just a few of the advantages of this type of production are that products are much fresher. There is more control. No pesticides and more opportunity to produce smaller quantities of gourmet and ethnic products. There are operating units in the USA in Dallas, Texas and New York City.”
Growtainer Co-Founder & President