Startup's 'Farm From a Box' kit grows enough food for 150 people - Curbed
The $50,000 portable container can be plopped just about anywhere. It comes tricked out with a 3kW solar-powered electrical system, WiFi,...
It is time to shift the focus from mass food production to food production by the masses, and reinvent the small farm. Let’s make healthy, nutritious food available to everyone.
An innovative off-grid toolkit for sustainable, tech-powered agriculture. It is the easiest and most efficient way to start and maintain a 2-acre planted farm.
The preinstalled modules make the system as plug-and-play as possible.
Let’s see what’s inside:
Includes micro-drip irrigation system ensuring precise water delivery. It’s easy-to-assemble and water efficient, which lowers labor and maintenance costs while saving water.
No grid access? no problem. Farm from a Box is powered by renewable energy, making it an independent, clean energy system that saves money.
Includes a solar-powered pump by Grundfos – the world's largest pump manufacturer – that can connect to different kinds of water supplies like ground well water or municipal line.
Each Box comes with a Wi-Fi enabled IoT (Internet of Things) system that helps to improve operational efficiency, optimize water and energy usage and provides the farmer with real-time data for decision making. Sensors monitor everything from solar panel performance and irrigation efficiency to soil conditions.
An reliable integrated technology from SMA, a leading global specialist for the decentralized and renewable energy supply, ensures energy is always available.
We've also packed basic hand tools into the Box including a broadfork, trowels and shovels, a seeder, wheel hoe, bed-prep rake and more.
The interchangeable components allow us to tailor the unit to different climates. Designed to conserve water, save energy, and help build a healthy soil, Farm from a Box enhances agricultural productivity with clean technology in a regenerative farming system. More production with less waste means more profit.
While Farm from a Box was initially designed as an alternative to food aid, the opportunity extended beyond aid and could provide an easy way to grow healthy food and earn an income.
Technology + sustainable farming = a smarter, better, more efficient production strategy.
We partnered with industry leaders in sustainability; combining “best-in-class” technology from globally recognized companies that ensure quality, longevity, and support. Including Netafim, pioneers of drip irrigation, SMA, a global leader in photovoltaic systems, and Grundfos, the world's largest pump manufacturer, and Cisco, the biggest networking company in the world.
Farm from a Box's patent pending design is engineered to expand a 20 ft. container to double in size upon deployment, without the need of any special equipment. The technology is pre-installed to make the system as plug-and-play as possible. The templated design and interchangeable components make it versatile and adaptable to different climates and users.
There are several containerized food production systems that we are often likened to. Most of those are hydroponic systems that grow leafy greens vertically, inside of the container. While vertical hydroponic systems are great, Farm from a Box has taken a different approach.
By providing the tools and technology to grow a complete farm outside, our system supports any kind of crop- creating greater options for the user. If nutrition is the goal it can support fruits, vegetables, and plant based proteins. If income generation is the goal it can support whatever high-value crops suit the local market.
Rebuilds soil and contributes to biodiversity
Supports any crop for more nutrients and market options
Local food has grown from niche market to a booming new economy. Fresh, local grown food is in HIGH DEMAND – government and private sector are jumping on board.
This is a $107 Billion Total Addressable Market. Farm from a Box can be THE go-to system to help stimulate and grow local food production and agricultural training.
We have 139 interested buyers on our pre-production waitlist: with your investment, we can streamline our supply chain, ramp up manufacturing and start filling orders.
Direct-to-consumer sales model allows us to reduce costly inventory, tailor-make units to order, and improve the consumer experience with a direct product-buyer relationship.
After a basic assessment, the product is made to order, and shipped to the buyer's location.
Business can be a powerful agent for change. Let's shift how business impacts the world. We believe business can solve problems, increase efficiency, and foster vibrant healthy communities, while making a profit! Farm from a Box is working to do just that.
While not as the foremost reason to invest, we offer nice perks in gratitude for your support, including our most exclusive perk – The Farm named after you!
Our prototype farm is a success! The technology works and the farm is productive and efficient, with a bounty of crops. In order to prepare for large scale production and begin filling orders, we are launching our 2.0 units to refine the technology and develop our training program. We will also streamline our manufacturing and supply chains and expand our operational capacity in preparation for production.
We were building a Youth Empowerment Center in Kenya, using modified shipping containers around a soccer field to provide basic resources in education, health, and sport. But accessing fresh, nutritious food was a problem. Then it occurred to us - what if we could use a shipping container to provide the tools to start a farm and grow food right there? An all-in-one kit ... a "farm-in-a-box."
We spoke with some of the best minds in agriculture, biodiversity, and sustainable energy, farmers, government officials, and some of the largest aid providers in the world trying to understand what was needed and what could be done better. Their answer? We want the infrastructure to support reliable crop growth and the training to do it better. So that's what we built.
Together, we can build an industry-changing business that provides locally grown, healthy food to communities around the world.
Sometimes the best solutions are the most obvious – let’s give people the tools.
For people, planet and nutritious food for everyone!
- Brandi and Scott
We are projecting each unit to cost roughly $40k; the product will retail at $60k, excluding local delivery and in-person custom training. This price point has been tested with our buyers and has been well received. When sales and production ramp up, our margin will increase with economies of scale.
The Farm from a Box system is patent-pending. Trademarks and Registration has been filed and submitted.
The capital raised from this offering will be directed towards the two 2.0 units that will help prep for manufacturing, development of the training program, streamlining the technology and supply chain and expanding the operational capacity of the business in preparation to fill orders and scale out. Our objective is start filling orders with a quality product.
We have the persistence, passion, and grit to lead this business. From technology to agriculture and manufacturing to government- we have built a network of global experts at our access. The founders skill sets complement one another, and we are going to build out the team to include roles in engineering, agriculture and logistics.
Farm from a Box was initially designed to offset standard food aid by providing communities with the tools needed to grow their own food locally. While the product still very much fits that need and the international aid/development sector, the first targeted market and buyer has changed. Originally we were going to run dual pilots in California and also Ethiopia. The political situation changed, and we ultimately decided to pull the launch. Rather than piloting internationally, Farm from a Box will focus its launch within the domestic U.S. market first. The domestic market poses less risk and greater opportunity for a broad customer base that can help the business generate revenue on a quicker and more reliable timeline. Once the manufacturing and supply chains are more firmly established, Farm from a Box will strategically scale out to meet international demand.
We expect the overall system to last for 10+ years. Every aspect of the Box and its components has been designed and selected with maximum durability and simplicity in mind. The container itself will last for 20+ years, with other hardware items such as the PV system, water pump, invertor and battery storage all having an expected lifespan of 15-20 years. Other components, such as the irrigation system, will vary and may require some replacement.
It could be moved, yes, but because it acts as the powerhouse and barn once on site and deployed, with many components operational in the field, it is intended to stay on site.
Yes! In addition to a basic operating manual, we are also developing a three-part training program that covers sustainable farming, technology use and maintenance, and farming-as-a-business.
We painted our first Box "Heartthrob Red" because we love it. We also named it "Adam". Ultimately, we will offer a few color options for the Box.
New ones. We did consider using old shipping containers, but we wouldn't be able to guarantee the quality and durability. Plus, the cost difference is very slight. Because we are going to manufacturing the units in a large quantity, it was also better to use a new "clean-slate" container.
Our current model is built from a standard 20ft. shipping container (20' x 8' x 8'6"). Upon deployment, it is engineered to expand and double in size, making the footprint 20' x 16'. The add-on greenhouse extends from the Box lengthwise an additional 10ft.
No, there is no organic material in the system. Selection of seeds depends entirely on what you want to grow.
Water is clearly a vital component to any farm, and our system is designed to conserve water and use it wisely. Because our system can adapt to different areas, the pump can operate in a groundwell system or hook up to a municipal line.
The majority of small farms around the world are on about 2 acres and less. We wanted to make it a broad solution for the masses. Plus, the power generated from the PV system is enough to evenly distribute the water throughout the field while also powering the internal technology.
Yes. Music is the best and we encourage it. (plants like it, too)
Farm from a Box successfully raised $135,543 from 231 investors on December 16, 2016
I believe that this is a great product especially for people living in urban areas.Baron HuntingtonInvested 29 days ago
I like the urban farming sector.Brad HinesInvested 29 days ago
This is such a great concept to help with food scarcity and food security. Well done and great concept that will help many.Daniel CotterInvested about 1 month ago
I am a female engineering student and economist who understands health starts with the quality of food available. I love the creativity and solution to world hunger which addresses environmental concerns, local economies and cultural relativism.Krena SolheimInvested about 1 month ago
I know Brandi, I love the cause, and I like money. Easy decision.Alan JenkinsInvested about 1 month ago
To be involved with equity crowdfunding, and to support the ag changes happening in the world.John MuellerInvested about 1 month ago
No farms = no food.Susan Lassiter-LyonsInvested about 1 month ago
I invested because off grid hands on farming is caring, feeding and nurturing a vision of planetary realization in living. Becoming stewards by planting new seeds loving the breast and mud from where we arose. I pray your vision grows & prospers.Mushin MWInvested about 1 month ago
I guess Farm from a Box can improve the living of many farmers in India and Africa - I want to see this happen. Best success!Henry LüInvested about 1 month ago
Seldom do you see a technology that is based around the fundamentals of reclaimed material that promises renewable, harvestable profit. To NOT invest in this technology would be in error.Aaron BarthInvested about 1 month ago
I believe.Nicolle PayneInvested about 1 month ago
Investing in my grandkidsSteve McCueInvested about 1 month ago
I believe in support local food producers. Also, I am buying a 2.5 organic acre farm soon.Leonardo HarrisInvested about 1 month ago
We all have to work for it but access to food is a basic human right.Ryan GaraygayInvested about 1 month ago
Because i care about the polar bearsJason GarelliInvested about 1 month ago
My wife and I are interested in farming. This seems like a project to help bring better farming practices and facilities and tools to more people.Kristian BjornardInvested about 1 month ago
Farm From a Box brings some much needed innovation to the agriculture sector. Growing food locally is a win-win for everyone.VIJAYA POTTIInvested about 1 month ago
I invested because this is an incredible opportunity to meet the needs of people around the globe who need access to healthy foods in a single, self-sustained package.Christopher RobyInvested about 1 month ago
This is the perfect solution for my dream project: creating a small family farm producing small batch specialty items and contributes to local CSA's. This project will also host classes and events promoting local, non-gmo, pesticide free agriculture.Alice AkridgeInvested about 2 months ago
Shouldn't we all have a smaller version of these kits?Julia KlineInvested about 2 months ago
Brandi is one of the most amazing and inspiring women I know. I know what she touches will turn to gold. So proud!Dana MoskowitzInvested about 2 months ago
I invested because Brandi and Scott are the real deal, Farm from a Box is a visionary off the grid tool even I could operate and a company I can get behind at the water cooler.Melissa MaundrellInvested 2 months ago
I love and or like passive income. People in general don't plan to FAIL they FAIL to plan, I love working SMART not HARD!Nahiem HoodInvested 2 months ago
Because Farm from a Box has the potential to change the world! One box at a time.Kristin HersantInvested 2 months ago
There are so many potential applications for Farm from a Box. It's an educational tool, a weapon in the fight against food insecurity, and an economic engine for small producers and communities. This product has the potential to help millions.Ronald SmithInvested 3 months ago
good space, unique product, seems like a genuine founding team.Abhinav ReddyInvested 3 months ago
I really like the idea of helping to feed hungry people. Farm from the box is a GREAT idea!! It is simple and easy to use. LOVE IT! I really hope you get 100% founded! Good luck to you guys!Beatka SzkopInvested 3 months ago
I think it is an interesting idea, and definitely has the potential to be transformational.Leo LibermanInvested 3 months ago
Support the effort Republic is making here.Tom MalloyInvested 3 months ago
I want to feed the hungry. There should be no one in the world without foodEric DunnInvested 4 months ago
I invested because the concept of having the essential items for your farm all ready to go in a box is a futuristic idea, that can help many people especially the poor. I am all for improving peoples lives through innovative ideas.Jacqueline CapatulaInvested 4 months ago
I deeply believe in the power of this idea.Rob KingInvested 4 months ago
I invested because this is the ultimate hedge, plus it's an interesting product that I could see being incredibly valuable globally and locally.Cameron WoodwardInvested 4 months ago
I like the prospect of helping the folks that don't have close access to farm fresh food.Max ParkinInvested 4 months ago
I invested in farm from a box because I believe in their project.Edward JaquezInvested 4 months ago
I would love to have my own farm fresh food for my family.Terry SmithInvested 4 months ago
I want to support and improve sustainable farming & food practices in America & throughout the world.Jonathan WilliamsInvested 4 months ago
I believe in the concept and I liked the founders' candor in talking about successes and failures (e.g., the Ethiopia experiment).Dan HeldridgeInvested 4 months ago
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