What is a modfarm and why would I want one? A modfarm is essentially a commercial-scale farm in a shipping container. We combine an after market shipping container, vertical hydroponics, LED horticulture lighting, and climate controls. Just add seeds and water and you are ready to farm. Depending on what you are growing, you can harvest up to 2,000-4,000 plants a month. We've even added our own technology that allows you to keep tabs on and control your farm from your smartphone or any other mobile device. We make farming one of these as simple and efficient as we can. We know you have never farmed before.
We understand not everyone can handle the scale of a modfarm. We also offer custom-built vertical hydroponic offerings for wall spaces of any size. Or forget the wall space altogether and use a wheelable cart to move around which is our easiest entry option. We include the same components: vertical hydroponics, LED horticulture lighting,and smartphone monitoring. Just add seeds and water and you are ready to farm. Start small and build up your walls to scale. Please contact us below and ask us about the services we can provide operating your walls. We know it's easy to farm, but understand if you don't have time to operate it.
Any industry that buys or grows produce for distribution or consumption could be a good candidate for something like the mod|farm:
No matter what the weather is doing outside,
Our farms use a recirculating water system. Water gets pumped 24/7 through the channels and the plant's roots. They only take the water they need. The rest goes back to the reservoir to be reused.
Not only are modfarms secure to keep people from getting in them, they also keep the bugs out. So therefore no bug control, no pesticides. Plus, since hydroponics uses no soil, no have no weeds either!
For you farmers who are just starting out, you can't predict where you will be in 5,10,20 years. Unused farm land is getting scarce and expensive. These technologies ensures you can keep expanding with a minimal footprint and if you stack them, no additional footprint.
Consistant environmental conditions bring a consistant, healthy product. These babies get exactly what they need all day, all night which induces faster growth rates. Customers will know exatcly what they are getting every time.
Keep track of your environmental conditions everywhere you go. Set your target variables and your farm will follow. Have comfort knowing will be alerted if things go awry.
We know that the romance of traditional farming does not appeal to our growing needs as a population. We are importing too much food and putting too many miles in between where the food gets eaten while over-utilizing our lands. Let's get smart about farming and get food production back into the cities and near our plates.
The word, "Hydroponic", comes from Latin and means working water. Simply put, it is the art of growing plants without soil. When most people think of hydroponics, they think of plants grown with their roots suspended directly into water with no growing medium. This is just one type of hydroponic gardening known as N.F.T. (nutrient film technique). There are several variations of N.F.T. used around the world and it is a very popular method of growing hydroponically. What most people don't realize is that there are countless methods and variations of hydroponic farming. In this section, we explain the most common, including the pros and cons of each along with an abundance of great, general information about hydroponics.
That's simple. If you give a plant exactly what it needs, when it needs it, in the amount that it needs, the plant will be as healthy as is genetically possible. With hydroponics this is an easy task; in soil it is far more difficult. With hydroponics the plants are grown in an inert growing medium (not soil) and a perfectly balanced, pH adjusted nutrient solution is delivered to the roots in a highly soluble form. This allows the plant to uptake its food with very little effort as opposed to soil where the roots must search out the nutrients and extract them. This is true even when using rich, organic soil and top of the line nutrients. The energy expended by the roots in this process is energy better spent on vegetative growth and fruit and flower production. If you grow two genetically identical plants using soil for one and hydroponics for the other, you will almost immediately see the difference this factor makes. Faster, better growth and much greater yields are just some of the many reasons that hydroponics is being adapted around the world for commercial food production as well as a growing number of home, hobby gardeners.
The answer is yes, however the very definition of hydroponics, the USDA does not recommend organic certification. It's basically up to the inspector. Because of the popularity of commercial hydroponics, there is a big push for the USDA/NOP to recommend certifications given compliance with other items.
It can be but it doesn't have to be. Hydroponics can be as incredibly simple as growing a single plant in a hand watered bucket or nursery pot, using any number of inert growing mediums. No automation, electricity or grow lights required. Of course, the potential to go high tech is limited only by your imagination and budget. Virtually every aspect of garden management can be automated and should you so desire, monitored and controlled with your laptop or cell phone from the other side of the world. Dare to dream. Most hobby oriented hydroponic systems are somewhere between the two extremes mentioned above. The average, home hydroponic system usually consists of a few basic parts: a growing tray, a reservoir, a submersible pump to water the plants, a simple timer and an air pump and air stone to oxygenate the nutrient solution. Of course, light (either natural or artificial) is also required.
This farming technique solves a few of the issues we face in our world today: Water scarcity, diminishing soil quality, and over development / lack of potential new land for agriculture. Hydroponics allows crops to be planted closer together and vertically stacked, allowing for significantly more crops per acre with significantly less water resources.
Hmmm... Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Peppers, Herbs? you decide. Each side is built as a separate system to allow farmers to offer more variety if they choose. Unique floating shelves provide easy access to the plants and maximizes aisle width. For a modfarm, the only on-site requirements a client needs is 320 square feet of outdoor space, and access to electricity and water.
Lettuces & Brassicas
Romaine, Redina, Butterhead, Green Leaf, Red Leaf, Kale, Chard, Spinach, Arugula
Basil, Cilantro, Mint, Fennel, Parsley, Dill, and more
Micro greens are used like sprouts, as a garnish, gourmet salad, or sprinkled over entrées. Baby Arugula, Radish, Kale, Cilantro and Basil to name a few.
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