I’ve been following the growth of so-called ‘container farming’ in cities around the country with considerable interest. Here’s a Wall Street Journal report on the field.
I’m wondering how viable something like this might be for backyard farmers. One wouldn’t need to invest $80,000 per commercial container farm, as in the video above. Instead, one could buy a used container (for $2,000 to $3,000) and convert it oneself into a general-purpose farming environment, spraying insulation onto the interior surfaces, providing heating and/or air-conditioning, and setting up racks for seedlings. I see no reason why a family couldn’t produce more and better food in such a containerized farm than they could in their own back yards – only they’d do it in much less space.
Theoretically, a home with a relatively small back yard, but big enough to accommodate a 20′ or 40′ container, might become almost self-sufficient in the production of essential vegetables and fruits. One might even have a neighborhood setup where different families grow different foods, and swap them among themselves to give everyone a balanced diet.
Is anyone doing that sort of thing at present? Do any of my readers know anything about it? If so, please tell us more in Comments.