Faculty Advisor

Hersh, Robert

Abstract

The Freight Farm company grows leafy greens and basil inside of an adapted shipping container; the produce is then sold to distributors and restaurants. To what extent, we asked, is this urban agriculture initiative attractive to farmers? We conducted 13 in-depth interviews and found that most farmers doubted its economic feasibility, questioned its technologies, and the lack of organic certification. We recommend Freight Farms move toward organic production, diversify crops, and help end users find grants to reduce upfront costs.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

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