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25 Jun

Freight Farms Named One of America's Brilliant Companies Featured

Inside this shipping container is a bountiful hydroponic garden! Inside this shipping container is a bountiful hydroponic garden!

 

Freight Farms, a Boston company that produces hydroponically grown vegetables in freight containers, has been named one of America's 100 most brilliant companies in the June issue of Entrepreneur magazine. 

Founders Brad McNamara and Jon Friedman, who debuted their product in November, 2012 in Worchester, Massachusetts, have enjoyed two very successful quarters with over $500,000 in sales since the beginning of this year. Their stackable gardens have been such a hit in Massachusetts that the company is planning to deploy 15 to 20 containers throughout the state and into Minnesota for restaurant and commercial use.  

Each shipping container is 320-square-feet, but has the production potential equivalent to a one-acre farm. The duo sells their up-cycled shipping container gardens through their website for $60,000, with hopes of integrating diaster-relief programs, community-based initiatives, farm cooperatives and commercial wholesalers into their market reach. Three models are under development, leafy greens, fungi, or vine-based crops; however only leafy green hydroponic facilities are currently available for purchase.

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