Why We Created the 'Swiss Army Knife' of Farming
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A wonderful crowd came out to the farm this week in honor of World Refugee Day and the ribbon cutting ceremony for our newest Box, “Karma" with the International Rescue Committee! We were joined by all five of Sacramento’s refugee resettlement agencies, local elected officials, community partners, and supporters who #standwithrefugees!
The event kicked off with farm tours, food and drink, welcoming speeches from partners, including the Mayor of West Sacramento, Chris Cabaldon, who celebrated the IRC’s New Roots program and the innovation that Farm from a Box brings in strengthening local food production!
For many, it was the first time that they have had the opportunity to see one of our units in action! From the renewable energy system and the drip irrigation, to the connectivity and IoT Data Controller- “Karma” was a hit! With the temperature reaching a blazing 107 degrees on the farm, the favorite part of the farm tour was the crisp, cool 40 degree internal cold storage unit!
The value of that addition was so clear, as anyone could see how crops grown in that kind of heat would be lost immediately after harvest. In fact, a lack of cold chain and storage is one of the biggest problems faced by farmers, so including solar-powered cold storage a part of our system can significantly help reduce post-harvest losses!
The IRC’s Kuchenu farm is brilliant example of how urban farming can support economic development of resettled refugees and strengthen local food production at the community level. The word “Kuchenu” is actually a Native American term for “using food as medicine.”
And that is exactly what good food is.
Sacramento is the #1 city in America for resettlement of refugees and SIVs. In 2016, Sacramento welcomed over 3,400 refugees and Special Immigrant Visa holders who served alongside U.S. forces. This is one of many reasons that we are honored to be working in the city of West Sacramento and with the IRC.
A HUGE THANK YOU to all of you that came out to join us! It was wonderful to meet you face-to-face and show you the system and what it enables! If you were unable to make it out to the Opening, we will have more events in the future and look forward to showcasing “Karma” and the IRC’s Kuchenu farm!
...but wait... there's more...
Just this past Friday, June 16th, we participated in TEDx Ogden, in Utah! TEDx Ogden is an independently organized event that brings local people together through thought-provoking speakers and mind-blowing conversation.
"HOW TOGETHERNESS & TECHNOLOGY CAN TRANSFORM OUR WORLD"
In this talk, we look at how using technology can strengthen local, community-based food production, and how togetherness is the bonding agent that can revitalize rural communities throughout the world, leading to greater resilience and prosperity.
The video should be released shortly, and we will be sure to share!
Thank you all for investing in our growth and for your support,
Brandi, Scott, and Team Farm from a Box!
By now you should have all received a personal email invitation to join us for our Opening Event of the IRC Refugee Box, "Karma!"
On June 20th, on World Refugee Day, we will have our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and farm tour from 5-7:30pm.
For more details and to RSVP, please go to our event page at: https://worldrefugeedayfarmfromabox.eventbrite.com
Meet with the IRC and community leaders as we honor the strength, courage, and contributions of refugees resettled in Sacramento, and tour Farm from a Box's Karma! Come celebrate with food, drinks and family-friendly activities.
The farm is located at:
IRC New Roots Farm
491 Regatta Lane,
West Sacramento, CA 95605
We hope you can make it and look forward to meeting you in person!
Brandi, Scott and Farm from a Box team
It is our great pleasure to introduce you to, our newest Farm from a Box system, "Karma!" Named by the refugees at IRC's New Roots farm, Karma is our 2.0 model, funded by YOU! It includes the new features we have developed that will boost the overall efficiency and productivity of the farm! From an internal walk-in cold storage system, to our complete IoT-enabled Control and Monitoring platform, this unit brings the best of technology to sustainable, locally grown food!
The IRC Sacramento farm is a 5-acre plot of vacant land within
a subdivision. One half of the land is currently divided into 34 individual
plots that are farmed and managed by each farmer, and their families. Farm from
a Box will help expand the farm onto the other 2 acres for growing additional
fruits and vegetables, including an herb garden, community plot, Native
American medicinal herb garden and an outdoor educational area for training.
Join us for our ribbon
cutting event on World Refugee Day! Meet with the IRC and community
leaders as we honor the strength, courage, and contributions of refugees
resettled in Sacramento, and tour Farm from a Box's Karma! Come celebrate with food,
drinks and family-friendly activities. Additional details to follow!
IRC New Roots Farm
491 Regatta Lane,
West Sacramento, CA 95605
"Farm from a Box: A Beautiful Marriage of Ecology and Technology" recently aired on An Organic Conversation. This weekly podcast and radio show is listened to by over 3 Million people in over 100 countries, and is ranked as the #1 Green Food Show in the United States. Click HERE to listen online!
We are so excited by the roll out of this new unit, and hope that you can join us for the Opening Event. If you can't make it, there will more events in the future! Including our Farm-to-Table dinner event!
THANK YOU for your support and investment in Farm from a Box! This will indeed be a big year of growth for us all!
Brandi, Scott, and Team Farm from a Box!
This is a quick post with some good news to share and request for your help!
Our Republic campaign video is a SEASON FINALIST in the Crowdfunding Video Awards (CVAs)! We won 1st place in Round 4 of the competition, and we are now in the running for the grand prize of $10,000! WOOHOOO!!!!
We are the only equity-based crowdfunding campaign competing in the finale, AND the only social enterprise, so we really want to represent and get the votes in!
Please take a moment and help us win the Grand Finale and the $10,000 prize! The link to VOTE is: http://bit.ly/CVAFinaleFarmfro...
Thank you so much! Let’s bring this home and WIN!
Brandi, Scott and Team Farm from a Box
P.S. Voting ends on April 30th at 9 PM PT / midnight ET so please take a moment to vote!
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
You are amazing and we want you to know it- social accolades coming your way
Powered by the people! You will get a personalized note of appreciation and serious social gratitude from the founders
Receive a custom FarmFAB Swag-Bag that will delight your senses and have you showing the world what you're a part of
You and a guest will receive an invitation to a private farm-to-table event held in your choice of two stunning locations
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 6 months ago
I like the urban farming sector.Brad HinesInvested 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months ago
I know Brandi, I love the cause, and I like money. Easy decision.Alan JenkinsInvested 6 months ago
To be involved with equity crowdfunding, and to support the ag changes happening in the world.John MuellerInvested 6 months ago
No farms = no food.Susan Lassiter-LyonsInvested 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months ago
I believe.Nicolle PayneInvested 6 months ago
Investing in my grandkidsSteve McCueInvested 6 months ago
I believe in support local food producers. Also, I am buying a 2.5 organic acre farm soon.Leonardo HarrisInvested 6 months ago
We all have to work for it but access to food is a basic human right.Ryan GaraygayInvested 6 months ago
Because i care about the polar bearsJason GarelliInvested 6 months 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 6 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months ago
Shouldn't we all have a smaller version of these kits?Julia KlineInvested 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 months ago
Because Farm from a Box has the potential to change the world! One box at a time.Kristin HersantInvested 8 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 8 months ago
good space, unique product, seems like a genuine founding team.Abhinav ReddyInvested 8 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 8 months ago
I think it is an interesting idea, and definitely has the potential to be transformational.Leo LibermanInvested 8 months ago
Support the effort Republic is making here.Tom MalloyInvested 8 months ago
I want to feed the hungry. There should be no one in the world without foodEric DunnInvested 9 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 9 months ago
I deeply believe in the power of this idea.Rob KingInvested 9 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 9 months ago
I like the prospect of helping the folks that don't have close access to farm fresh food.Max ParkinInvested 9 months ago
I invested in farm from a box because I believe in their project.Edward JaquezInvested 9 months ago
I would love to have my own farm fresh food for my family.Terry SmithInvested 9 months ago
I want to support and improve sustainable farming & food practices in America & throughout the world.Jonathan WilliamsInvested 9 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 10 months ago
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