Massachusetts Patent of the Month – January 2023

As the global population continues to grow, so does the need for sustainable and reliable access to fresh food. Unfortunately, meeting this demand is increasingly difficult as crops face unprecedented storms and climate conditions. Traditional farming and shipping methods cannot keep up to the scale needed. Freight Farms, Inc. is working to overcome this challenge, building hydroponic growth systems so that farming can happen anywhere.

In the bid to revolutionize the way fresh food is produced, Freight Farms has patented their design for a hydroponic growth chamber built from insulated freight containers. By modifying an insulated shipping container, the design achieves high-yield plant production, making it possible to grow fresh produce in any location and climate. 

The growing system is positioned within the modified container. The growing system has a germination station, a set of vertical racks, a lighting system, irrigation system, climate control system, and a ventilation system. This complete system allows for vertical growth of nearly any crop. A monitoring system and interface support remote monitoring and control over the entire system.

Horizontal light bars are mounted from the ceiling of the container and tubes deliver nutrients to each vertical rack.The climate control and ventilation system create air flow and adapt the climate based on the crops needs. Each of these components can be remotely controlled, making it possible to optimize the growing conditions for each individual plant, leading to higher yields and better quality produce.

Freight Farms operates on the concept that healthy food is a right, not a luxury. This mission is the driving force in developing the technology to make fresh food accessible to anyone, anywhere, any time. Today, the company has Freight Farmers around the world, from snowy Canadian Wilderness to Middle Eastern deserts.

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