19 Nov How to grow 40,000 heads of lettuce in a shipping container – The Post and Courier
The weather is always perfect at Tiger Corner Farms.
Using the cozy interiors of shipping containers, the facility in Summerville farms indoors. By retrofitting 320 square feet of storage, they convert open space into a highly productive aeroponic farm. Seed to harvest, they can produce nearly 4,000 heads of lettuce in five weeks. That’s almost 13 heads of lettuce per square foot and a little more than 40,000 per year. How do they do it?
The answer is in the air.
Farming traditionally requires land. In urban areas, farming is nearly impossible where space is limited and expensive. Food often is shipped in from rural farms. What about all the space above the ground?
Tiger Corner Farms has taken an innovative approach to vertical farming. Recycling empty shipping containers, they’ve created mobile farms that can be functional in any environment.