We live in an age of rapid technological advancements. A day doesn’t go by without headlines about self-driving cars, new uses of digital currency, and lab-grown meat. Such innovations have the ability to not only transform our daily lives, but disrupt entire industries. They also have the ability to address some of the world’s toughest problems. With a changing climate, resource constraints and people still going hungry every day, we must work to crack open traditional silos and form creative collaborations that provide access to technology to those who need it most.
Several years ago, my business partner and I were building a Youth Empowerment Center in Kenya using modified shipping containers around a soccer field to provide basic resources for 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 brightest minds in the field of agriculture, biodiversity and sustainable energy, as well as farmers, government officials, and humanitarian agencies. Their answer? Provide the infrastructure to incentivize sustainable and stable crop growth and the training to do it better. So that's what we set out to build.
Fast forward to present day, Farm from a Box has developed into a complete, off-grid toolkit for localized food production. Built from a modified shipping container, it comes equipped with all of the core components needed to start and maintain a 2-acre farm. Designed as the “Swiss-Army knife” of farming, this mobile infrastructure can be configured in different ways to respond to the local growing conditions.