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Farms in Shipping Containers, and NASA Wants to Launch Them to Space

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A NASA concept image with an indoor Mars farm that looks something like the inside of a Leafy Green Machine.
NASA

This Boston-based sustainable agriculture company grabbed NASA’s attention along with Elon Musk’s brother, Kimbal.

By Alice Sweitzer
Popular Mechanics
Jul 7, 2017

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If we built farms in space, they’d look nothing like the vast wheat fields of Kansas. But they just might look something like urban farms being used today—modular closed-loop hydroponic farms, actually. These compact, efficient grow houses could be the life-giving answer to keeping astronauts fed, a solution The Martian’s Mark Watney could only dream of. The idea is less science fiction than you might think, too.

Freight Farms, based in Boston, is trying to revolutionize the global food system with its Leafy Green Machines. These shipping containers filled with racks of planted crops, grow lights, and environmental control systems can be installed anywhere in the world and make fresh produce available in even the densest urban neighborhoods.

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July 14, 2017   No Comments

New Zealand: New little farm on the block situated on the fringe of inner city New Plymouth

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The Freeman family, Carl, Kati and River mucking in at their urban garden.

Over the past six months Kati and Carl Freeman have transformed their Frankleigh Park piece of dirt into a flourishing urban farm that produces spray-free fruit and vegetables.

By Christine Walsh
Taranaki Daily News
July 7, 2017

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Carl is Melbourne born and bred, his green-thumbed organic expertise was gained from working on organic vegetable farms, supplying artisan salad mixes, heirloom tomatoes and baby vegetables to some of Melbourne’s top restaurants.

“I’m really enjoying living in Taranaki. Everyone has been so supportive of our growing enterprise,” said Carl.

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