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CropBox: High Tech Farm Inside a Shipping Container

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The CropBox is a high tech farming solution that’s designed and built within a 320 sq. ft. shipping container.

And what’s really unbelievable is how you can use it to grow and yield up to the equivalent of an acre field of lettuce! According to CropBox, it offers up to 2,200 sq. ft. of greenhouse space within a 320 sq. ft. footprint.

If you have horses on your property you can even use a CropBox to generate food to feed up to 17 horses (per CropBox)! In addition, you can use a container to grow up to 150 varieties of herbs, greens and lettuces including barley sprouts, orchard grass, alfalfa sprouts, and more! Wouldn’t one of these units, or something similar, be an amazing solution to your tiny house homestead or to help support a tiny house community? Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

CropBox: High Tech Farm Inside a Shipping Container

CropBox High Tech Shipping Container Greenhouse Farm 01

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High Tech Shipping Container Greenhouse Farm 02

Images © CropBox.co

Learn more: http://www.cropbox.co/


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  • Lynnette
    July 10, 2015, 5:15 pm

    What a great idea to have this in addition living off grid and being self sufficient! Add a nicely appointed TH with solar and I’d be set!

  • Dean
    July 10, 2015, 9:17 pm

    Great idea!
    Might be “better” if the roof (and maybe the walls?) were transparent, but I like this.

    • M
      July 10, 2015, 10:25 pm

      Good. Better. Best. Ironically the Hebrew word in the bible is the same for all three. But agree a transparent roof might enhance but maybe create too much heat? I’m guessing they are using special lighting and hydroponics. Any idea Alex?

  • Eric
    July 11, 2015, 4:16 pm

    I found a review that says the prices start at roughly $50k. Might be good on a co-op type basis for a tiny house community.

  • Michael
    July 11, 2015, 6:43 pm

    Wow, that’s something different, imagine to grow strawberries where they usually don’t grow.
    However, I agree with Dean some natural light would help to bring down the running costs. I wouldn’t go for the roof because it may affect the upper level only and may cause overheating but the sides could provide benefits to all layers. The builder is offering them already.
    I am going to contact them to learn more about it and to discuss some
    crazy ideas which came into my mind.
    Congrats Alex that you found and introducing it.

  • Rue
    July 11, 2015, 9:58 pm

    Dunno if this is priced for the average consumer, but this is probably the only way I’d go sustainable….no bugs, no weeds, full automation with smartphone control…genius in a box!

    • BrownLuster
      July 12, 2015, 10:56 pm

      Agreed Rue!!


  • BrownLuster
    July 12, 2015, 10:54 pm

    This would be an excellent investment for a restaurant, food pantry, school/college or business that uses fresh fruit, veggies, teas and/or herbs for their business or to employ and feed the hungry. I am more than impressed with the idea of it!!

    I too was thinking maybe a clear raised roof and clear walls with multiple screened windows to allow for ventilation…in the same design as a glass greenhouse.

    In any event, this is sustainability at it’s finest!!

  • Becky
    July 12, 2015, 11:30 pm

    LOVE this idea… now a terraced system that would have goats, chickens and fish… put it in conjunction and make it AQUAponics rather than HYDROponics… better flavor in your veggies and fish besides!

  • Cate
    July 13, 2015, 1:13 pm

    Much better than trying to live in one!

  • Denise
    July 26, 2015, 5:33 pm

    We just had a sting go down up here in the area north of Seattle: police took down an operation that were growing 1500 marijuana plants in one of those things.

  • Elle
    August 17, 2015, 2:23 am

    The yield is certainly impressive. I think the current price reflects the value of the innovation and it is valuable, but the sellers know that many people will easily figure out how to build these for themselves. Well, how hard can it be? Even the pot heads already figured it out! 😉

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