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BOSTON, Feb. 12, 2020 / PRNewswire /-Freight Farms, global innovation leader in containerized vertical farming, today announces that it has raised 15 million in Series B funding led by Ospraie Ag Science, investment firm committed to supporting sustainable solutions that improve the quality of life for both farmers and society. Investment round, which receive participation from existing investor Spark Capital, brings the company's total funding to more than 28 million. Freight Farms have redefine vertical farming and made decentralizing food systems something that's possible and meaningful right now, not in the 'future of food, ' says Jason Mraz, President of Ospraie Ag Science. Full traceability, high nutrition without herbicides and pesticides, year-round availability-these are elements that should be inherent to food sourcing. Freight Farms' Greenery makes it possible to meet this burgeoning global demand from campuses, hospitals, municipal institutions and corporate businesses, while also enabling small business farmers to meet the needs of their customers. It's big step forward for industry when financial markets recognize and champion the value of creating distributed food system, add Brad McNamara, Freight Farms CEO. Align on mission-driven growth as a team, there is massive opportunity before US to scale across global markets, propelling meaningful technology that's already doing good. Founded in 2010 by CEO Brad McNamara and COO Jon Friedman, Freight Farms debuted the first vertical hydroponic Farm built inside intermodal shipping containerthe Leafy Green Machinewith mission of democratizing and decentralizing local production of fresh, healthy food. This innovation, with an integral IoT data platform farmhand, launched a new category of indoor farming and propels freight farms into the largest network of IoT-connect farms in the world. Freight Farm's 2019 launch of Greenery raises industry bar, advancing the limits of containerized vertical farming to put the most progressive, accessible, and scalable vertical farming technology into the hands of people of diverse industry, age, and mission. With greenery and farmhand, we've created infrastructure that lowers the barrier of entry into food production, industry that's historically been difficult to get into, says Jon Friedman, Freight Farms COO. With this platform, we're also able to harness and build upon a wider set of technologies including cloud IoT, automation, and machine learning, while enabling new developments in plant science for future generations. To date, freight farms have been an integral part of scientific and academic research studies in collaboration with industry-leading organizations, including NASA exploring self-sustaining crop production, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory exploring integration of CRISPR seed genetics and vertical farming to create commercial opportunities Customers hail from education, hospitality, retail, corporate, and nonprofit sectors across 44 states and 25 countries, and include independent small business farmers who distribute to restaurants, farmers' markets, and businesses such as Central Market, Meijer, and Wendy's. About Freight Farms in 2012, Freight Farms debut first vertical hydroponic Farm built inside intermodal shipping containerthe Leafy Green Machinewith mission of democratizing and decentralizing local production of fresh, healthy food.

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Early History

Humans are going to Mars. Officially. And one of the challenges of such an endeavoramong litany of othersis feeding astronauts enough food that they can survive the journey, subsist on Mars, and get home. Weve get two options to accomplish this: store all the food and water needs on board, or grow food along the way. In Andy Weir's novel, Martian, protagonist Mark Watneylater, played by Matt Damon in the film, based on the bookwas, a mission botanist. But if you think this sort of thing is limited to science fiction, you should know NASA is pouring major, real-world funding into astrobotany research. In 2016, Freight Farms secured a research grant for a method of self-sustaining crop production in space. Such a system would be entirely closed loop, without any external inputs, operating in a literal vacuum, yet still generating enough food to feed a crew of astronauts. This year, we and hundreds of other agriculture companies submitted a second proposal to create a lightweight, autonomous farm that would produce food for planetary exploration missions. Successful applicants may not only receive up to 125 000 in research funding, but they will have significant impact on farmers here on Earth as well. Freight Farms proposalagain, just one of manyhas that secondary on ground applications in disaster response, remote military bases, offshore industries, and more. Plus, NASA itself has a long history of adapting space travel technologies to benefit our daily lives, like LEDs on your TV or memory foam in your mattress. While true astrobotanists will be one in million, next generation of farmers will undoubtedly adopt their techniques. Perhaps future farmers will one day call system were proposed as plain and ordinary as solar panels or freeze-dried ice cream.

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The Leafy Green Machine

These shipping container growing units from Freight Farms feature high-density vegetable & herb production, and include everything need to go from seed to table, year-round, in a fraction of space as a conventional greenhouse. Ideas for methods of growing more produce in and around urban areas, close to where food will be consume, come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, but one shape in particular keeps popping up in urban agriculture, especially when it comes to year-round growing and cold climates. Shipping containers, while probably not the first thing to come to mind when it comes to growing vegetables, are a great choice for upcycling and repurposing for urban farms, because they're affordable, readily available, and built to last for decades, and with some extensive retrofitting, can be used as climate-control indoor Farms. I recently covered CropBox, which boasts of being farmed in a box, but long before that shipping container farm made news, Freight Farms was building their own high-density growing units inside cargo containers, thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign run in 2011. Since then, Freight Farms has continued to develop and improve its urban farm units, dubbed Leafy Green Machine, which uses high-efficiency lead lighting, vertical hydroponic growing towers, and automated climate-control and irrigation system to grow thousands of plants inside a single 320 square foot container. The Freight Farms design is based on conventional insulated shipping container measuring 40' x 8', but are extensively retrofitted to serve as micro-farm that can grow some 4 500 plants at a time. Rows of plants are grow vertically, with lead lighting strips between them delivering optimal wavelengths for uniform plant growth and a hydroponic system supplying nutrients that plants need, directly to their roots, using 90 % less water than conventional growing and not only do units grow mature crops, but LGM also integrates dedicated germination and seedling stations that can handle up to 2500 plant starts, which then get plant into growing towers a few weeks after sprouting. This aspect of LGM is probably one of the most essential elements for production farm, and one that isn't so obvious to non-farmers, as it enables growers to start seeds and continuously feed those seedlings into system for regular harvests, all within the walls of the shipping container. According to the Freight Farms website, these smart farms also offer another advantage over outdoor growing and other open systems, because use of sealed containers for growing can eliminate the need for herbicides / pesticides. The LGM system is also considered to be modular and scalable, as shipping containers can be securely stacked on top of each other for increased production in same physical footprint as a single unit.

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Farmhand

Farmhand is a software platform developed in-house by Freight Farms, designed to allow hydroponic growers to control farm components remotely, automate certain tasks, analyze past and current growing data, and manage their business. The software was originally developed for Freight Farms customers, but is now compatible with any hydroponic operation that uses grow controller. Automation Programming-Cycle timings for LEDs, nutrient dosing, pH Management, and climate control. Sensor Data Management-Realtime readings for air and water temperature, ambient humidity, CO2 levels, and pH. Notifications-Mobile push notifications if any readings fall outside target ranges. Webcam Connectivity-Support for one or more in-Farm web cameras. Harvest Tracking-Support for wireless Harvest Tracking Scale, allowing users to weigh harvests and track performance over time.

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Grown by Freight Farms

Farming in a controlled environment means clients can depend on consistent costs and quality year-round, regardless of season. Leafy Green Machines can be instal mere steps from the plate, drastically reducing food-miles. They consume just five gallons of water per day or less, and require no major construction to deploy. Our mission with Grown is to provide solution to institutions that see the immense value of local produce, and would rethink their sourcing methods if challenges like personnel and facility management were reduce, says Brad McNamara, CEO and Co-Founder of Freight Farms. Grown program is already supplying BGOOD, Boston-base Farm-to-table restaurant chain, with lettuce for its popular Cousin Oliver Burger. Meanwhile, 3D design software company Dassault Systemes is enjoying a thriving CSA program for employees at its Waltham, MA campus. Since Google introduced their Leafy Green Machine in 2014, institutions all over the world have been using them to promote involvement and education around nutrition, sustainability, and technology, says Jon Friedman, Freight Farms COO and Co-Founder. Now, by removing the burden of managing those farms internally, we hope to reach more people than ever. Freight Farms is currently accepting New Grown clients in New England, with plans to roll out nationwide in 2019. Average grown packages start at 5 000 / mo., Which includes custom crop scheduling, maintenance, supply replenishment, 24 / 7 farm monitoring, and all farming operations, such as seeding, transplanting, and harvesting. Add-ons range from marketing and branding services, to in-Farm educational events and on-campus CSA programs. Founded in 2010, Boston-base Freight Farms has established itself as a leader in the containerized agriculture industry. With its flagship product, Leafy Green Machine, company was the first to integrate smart, hydroponic, vertical farming into intermodal freight container. To date, Freight Farms' global customer base includes more than 200 Farms across 38 states and 13 countries. For more information, please visit freightfarms. Com, Instagram, or Facebook.

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From Seed to Salad

PHOENIX-future of urban Agriculture might require farmers to think inside the box. Farmers here are growing vegetables here in converted freight shipping containers equipped with the latest hydroponics and automate systems equipment. They are provided by Boston-base firm, Freight Farm. Farm of the future, says Mark Norton of PHOENIX, whose Picked Fresh Farms grows kale and lettuce in one of the containers. Freight Farms started in 2010 with the goal of bringing viable, space-efficient farming techniques to all climates and skill levels year-round. It recently expanded to Arizona. Cars are not cheap. Each container-kind commonly seen on trains, trucks or ships-costs 85 000, not including shipping. Freight Farms calculate annual profit for each container to be an average of 39 000 annually. Caroline Katsiroubas, marketing director for Freight Farms, says urban areas are the most popular destinations for its equipment and expansion has been nationwide. Norton of pick Fresh Farms isnt what most people would picture as farmer. The closest anyone had come to farming in his family was his grandfather, who Farm as a child, but that didnt deter Norton. If I can get a better environment, better food, help people with their food, and still help people with their health, that's where it all fits, Norton say. It align with my core values. He recently had one of his first successful harvests of lettuce, but he is already looking to the future, with a 10-year goal to expand to 10 containers. I was just going to do it as a hobby, but these things, theres need and nobody's really filling it, Norton say. Norton is one of only two freight farmers in Arizona, but thinking of competition doesnt bother him. I think there is enough space to have a bunch of these, he say. Heather Szymura, who co-own Twisted Infusions Farms with her husband Brian, agree. The Glendale, Ariz., Company was first in Grand Canyon State to Freight Farm, and Szymura said she wants to see more farms come to Arizona because there is no way her company alone can feed everybody. She has been urban farming for 12 years, with gardens and walls of plants in both her front and back yards. Latest edition, 7-ton container is nestled on the side of her house. In year, 320-square-foot container can produce the equivalent of a three-acre farm. It also saves water, using five to 10 gallons of water a day, 95 % less than traditional farms, Freight Farms say. Water is delivered in a nutrient-rich system based on hydroponics, method to grow plants without soil. Growing leafy greens inside seems unnatural, but farmers maintain not only is the process natural, its optimal. Norton prides himself on using no GMOs, no pesticides and no herbicides. The environment is control, so there is no reason for it. A container can put out 50 to 100 pounds of lettuce a week.

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