Growing Microgreens-6 Figures From A Shipping Container [Interview]

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Chris Thoreau of blew the lid off the microgreens business…literally. He cut the top off of a shipping container to make an insulated greenhouse and started making 6 figures in yearly sales. In this interview, he talks about:

  • Why the shipping container makes sense for him… but probably not you
  • Why microgreens (they’re so damn simple!) and how to choose microgreen seed suppliers
  • Annoying first steps: “You need to plan for success”

growing microgreens in a shipping container?

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A Farmer’s Guide To Owning Your Farm

This is a special guest post by Nick Burton, founder of State of the Soil Media. To keep getting great content from guests like him, make sure you check out our vertical farming newsletter. Newsletter subscribers will also be getting a steep discount code to Nick’s State of the Soil Virtual Summit.

In this post, Nick walks you through how to own your farm and not let your farm own you. He shares things like what employees to hire first and creating a good environment for them. My favorite part is where he shares the actual checklist he uses to operate (a six figure business) systematically, allowing him to accomplish more. Here’s Nick –

A Farmer's Guide to Owning Your Farm

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“Food Is The New Internet” Kimbal Musk

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Food is the new internet. Explosive growth, monumentally important, and future-changing, food and the food movement are defining this generation of businesses and NGOs. Hear from one of the brightest minds out there.

Kimbal Musk Food Is the new internet food entrepreneur

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How I Picked A Site For My Farm

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I was between a passive greenhouse and a refurbished garage. How did I decide?

When I started researching how I was going to take the next steps with this project, the very first question that popped into my head was “Where am I going to do this?” Initially, I was set on a large, dense city. After all, it’s what I’d been writing about for years and what has been demonstrated to work.

Of course, after talking with everyone that I’ve talked to, I learned that land and initial equipment investment were the largest expenditures for vertical farms. And I didn’t want to be like one of the many failed farms that threw a bunch of space and money at the business and walked away bankrupt like Alterrus.

How to chose a site for a vertical farm

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Abandoning Malls For Vertical Farms

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Time magazine once described malls as “pleasure domes with parking.” Malls in general, and strip malls in particular, are ubiquitous in suburban America. Built in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, during rapid suburban expansion and rapidly increasing car usage, for better or worse, they were once a sign of progress. Now, a major enclosed mall hasn’t been built in the United States since 2006 and many are completely abandoned. According to Don Wood, the CEO of Federal Reality Investment Trust, even the process of knocking down or converting a mall could take as long as two decades.

So, the structures may be here to stay, but they don’t have to just be a homage to what once was. Abandoned malls and strip malls could be easily and efficiently converted into vertical farms.

  • where are strip malls headed in the short term?
  • why we should grow food in mixed use structures and think more about their impact on local economies?
  • does it make sense to convert a strip mall to a vertical farm?

Abandoning Malls

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