Container-Style Farms Make Locally Grown Food More Accessible

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Square Roots is an urban indoor vertical farming startup. The Brooklyn-based company’s scalable, and mobile model got the attention of Gordon Food Service (GFS) and is going national to provide cities with locally grown food.


Founded by Kimbal Musk and Tobias Peggs to train young entrepreneurs about indoor urban farming. The program takes place inside revamped high-tech shipping containers. The company manages to be tech-forward while prioritizing the farmers. The data allows farmers to grow non-GMO, pesticide-free produce year round, while optimizing yields.

GFS was looking for a solution to providing urban areas locally grown food when it found Square Roots. What set them apart was their growing space. Instead of fixed, large greenhouses, Square Roots provides the same locally grown produce in a refurbished shipping container with 320 sq ft of vertical growing space equipped with LED lighting and irrigation.

Read more about their vertical growing system on our blog.

Roll out of this plan will occur gradually. Square Roots will build their container-style farms on or near GDF’s distribution and retail sites to decrease the amount of time it takes to get to the store shelf. Peggs explained that as demand increases they can easily grow these facilities by adding shipping container modules to expand.

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Sources: Curbed, Food Navigator – USA, Fast Company


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