This “Farm In A Box” Can Provide Enough Food To Feed 150 People For An Entire Year

 Farm From A Box
The Farm From A Box system is designed to feed 150 people per year, and includes drip irrigation, all of the tools, and its own renewable energy setup.

How are we going to feed 9 billion people by 2050? The answer to this question — or the lack thereof — is one of the biggest issues in agriculture today. Experts estimate that we need to grow 60 percent more food than we currently produce. And as a result, there is a push to constantly create more. More miracle crops. More monocultures. More monocrops. More seeds. More food.

As urban populations continue to rise, innovators are looking beyond traditional farming as a way to feed everyone while having less impact on our land and water resources.

Using regenerative agriculture techniques with precision farming technology, we have developed the most efficient and easy mechanism for starting and maintaining an off-grid 2-acre farm. Healthy food, locally grown.

A local food system makes a lot of sense to me, because the money stays in that community and we can create thousands of jobs. We are losing rural farmland and rural farmers. So what we need to do is not only grow soil, but grow farmers, train farmers to be able to farm a different kind of way. Not like our fathers and grandfathers farmed, but this new kind of farming where you are thinking about square footage and growing in unusual places inside the city inside buildings and on rooftops.

What’s driven me is to be a part of ending world hunger. The United Nations stated in 2010 that the only way to end world hunger is through local food systems. It benefits everybody to have a local food system. My energy and the energy at Growing Power goes into creating and quantifying these things because people don’t believe that you can grow a significant amount of food inside a city. It is not the total answer. It’s going to take a renaissance of farmers as well as urban farmers to develop this sustainable food system.

Going off-grid has a myriad of challenges, and this can be compounded for those who are looking to do so in a larger scale such as an entire community. Aside from providing power, water, sewage and the other basic services many are accustomed to, there is also the issue of being able to grow enough food to be able to provide for everyone or at least make a big enough dent to reduce the need for any outside assistance.

“Based on extensive field research, we found that rural communities often lack the resources and infrastructure needed to access nutritious food. We developed a toolkit that contains all of the core components needed to grow your own food, on a two acre plot of land, without the need for an existing grid. Imagine the good it can do by growing local, organic food for a school, or helping jumpstart food production after a disaster. ‘Farm from a Box’ enables and empowers communities to provide for themselves.” – DeCarli

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That can be used to build a stronger local food system, especially in food deserts and in the developing world, where infrastructure can be spotty and unreliable at best, and possibly even non-existent. The system is described as being “food sovereignty in a box” that can be a “Swiss Army Knife” for off-grid farming, and while there is a basic template, each unit can be customized to fit the particular situation.

Farm From a Box is a kit designed to make it easier for all types of organizations to start growing sustainable food. Nonprofit humanitarian agencies, schools, community groups, and even individuals can buy a $50,000 kit, which comes with a complete water system including a solar-powered pump and drip irrigation system. Together, those features help conserve water by using it more efficiently, delivering water directly to the roots of growing plants. All of the kit’s components are solar-powered, so the kit also includes 3 kW of solar energy capacity which is enough to power the water pump as well as WiFi connectivity that makes it possible to monitor the farm conditions remotely. Because the built-in solar power technology generates more than enough energy to power the farm’s equipment, the farm is suitable to run completely off the grid.

When civilization collapses, he predicts, the world will go back to barter.

Urges everyone to have a disaster-preparedness kit containing enough food, water and other supplies to last 72 hours. This is sensible advice, and prepares have a point when they mock those who ignore it.

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  1. Dave Loyie says:

    I have come up with an idea to recycle the Depleted Oil &Natural Gas Well Locations and transform them into Renewable Energy Powered Greenhouses. The Costs would be offset by selling Solar Electricity to the Grid. My idea involves using the heat from the Well Boreal_Centre to heat Aquaponic Systems that would be housed in converted SeaCans. I would like to learn more about your Systems and possibly exchange some ideas and thoughts with you. I’m not trying this to make money but instead to get the Hundreds of Thousands of Contaminated Sites cleaned up without it being a burden on the citizens of my home province Alberta, Canada.

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