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Inside a Shipping Container Vertical Hydroponic Farm


Urban farmer, Tamara Knott, talks about container farming. Using vertical hydroponic farming, she grows 1.5 acres of fresh vegetables inside her insulated shipping container farm, Bright Greens Canada.

image/source: BC Farms & Food

High-tech freight container farms like Bright Greens, near the city of Victoria, BC, can produce fresh fruit, vegetables, and herbs year-round, using hydroponics and high-efficiency LED grow lights.Plants inside the large metal shipping container grow in a series of vertical towers.

During the growing cycle, environmental sensors inside the farm measure the nutrient levels, temperature, humidity, air flow, and carbon dioxide levels, and send information to a controller to automatically maintain optimum growing conditions.


Shipping container farms are compact, easily transported by truck or rail, and have a small footprint. This means they can fit into rural or urban settings (provided zoning laws allow). Urban farming in containers such as these can also offer year-round access to fresh produce to restaurants and other urban food businesses.