Farm From a Box - FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Farming

No, there is no organic material included in the Box. Because our system can support any type of crop, the selection of seeds you’ll need depends entirely on what you want to grow.

The Box is designed to be an infrastructure to support outdoor crop production and can support a wide-range of crops. Depending on what your climate supports, you could grow things like vegetables, fruits, root crops, grains, hops, flowers, cannabis, herbs, and spice plants.

Absolutely, and we encourage you to. When we configure your unit, just let us know if you plan to incorporate an orchard and we will build your irrigation system to support it.

No, the Box does not come with any fertilizers or pesticides. In fact, we strongly advocate for organically-based, regenerative farming practices. Incorporating better soil management techniques instead of using insecticides and fertilizers not only protects the environment and builds healthy soil, but also boosts the income potential of your farm.

Water is a vital component of any farm and our system is designed to both conserve water and use it wisely. Therefore, it is crucial to have a water source somewhere near your location. Our high performance, maintenance-free solar pump can adapt to different water access points—from municipal line or ground well to river or lake.

Your farm labor depends on how much acreage is farmed, which crops you plant, how many harvest cycles you have, and whether you incorporate an optional walk-behind tractor. Usually, it will range from about 2-3 people for small farm (with some potential part-time harvest support). If you are using it for training or educational purposes, you may opt to have more people participate and learn. Farms that are currently using our system range anywhere from 5-80 people farming.

Our current model is designed to meet the needs of 1-3 acres of land. That acreage is large enough for an abundant amount of food while small enough not to require any heavy machinery. That size farm can easily be operated by small scale commercial farmers, a family, or community group.

Technology

Our configuration page has details about the components that come with each unit and optional add-ons. The Box has everything from cold storage, pumping, solar panels and batteries, to irrigation driplines.

Every aspect of the Box has been designed with maximum durability and simplicity in mind. The container itself will last for 20+ years. Hardware such as the solar panels, water pump, and inverter have a general expected lifespan of 15 years, and the battery array averages 9 years. Other components, such as the irrigation system, will vary and may require replacement sooner.

The irrigation system can experience more wear and tear or encounter potential mishaps and thus may need more frequent replacement. Although we use high-quality, durable Netafim irrigation lines, the drip emitter lines may need to be occasionally replaced. We include a standard spare part replacement kit with your system.

Not at all—most of our farms are farmed by hand. But if you want to save time and automate some of the farming, we recommend a small walk-behind like a BCS Two-Wheel Tractor.

Yes, it can be moved, but the Box is designed to stay in one location. Once on site and deployed, the outside components operating in the field (the pump, irrigation system, and any outside sensors) would need to be removed and put back into the unit for shipment to your new location. The solar panels and roof rack on top of the container would also need to be packed back into the unit before it is moved.

Yes—currently we offer the units in heirloom (red), wheat (tan), and basil (green). We can do a custom color for you for an additional fee. We also have plans to collaborate with different artists and offer special edition units.

Yes—music is the best and we encourage listening to it while you work. Plants like it, too!

It takes just one day to deploy your Farm from a Box unit, as long as all the planning and land preparation has been done in advance. When we deliver your system, one of our team members will be there to get the internal setup fully commissioned and verified. After your Box is deployed, you just need to lay out the irrigation lines and start planting! Our support team is available to help you along the way so you can get growing.

Financing & Supply

The cost of your Farm from a Box system will vary according to the acreage you plan farm and how you choose to configure your unit. Once we learn more about what will work best for you, we’ll provide you with a customized estimate. We’ve worked hard to design a high-quality system that provides incredible value. Let’s get started!

Yes—because Farm from a Box is agricultural equipment, it can be financed by most local banks. In some cases the USDA and other farm organizations can help provide financing at low rates. Our team is happy to steer you in the right direction and provide support where we can.

We use new shipping containers. We considered using old shipping containers, but realized we wouldn’t be able to guarantee the quality and durability. Plus, the cost difference is very slight.  Because of this, we opted for new containers to be able to do the required modifications and installation of equipment with full confidence that your unit will last and not pose any issues for you.

The size of your Farm from a Box model depends on how much acreage you plan to farm. Our standard model serves up to 3 acres and is the size of ISO 20 ft shipping container—20 ft long, 8 ft wide, and 8.5 ft high. Once installed, the solar array usually adds and additional 5 ft to the total height of the unit.

Yes and no. The units that we sell within the United States are absolutely made with pride in the USA. Each unit is built in the country it will be used in because we are big believers in sourcing products locally and creating local jobs. We regionalize the manufacturing and assembly of our Boxes through a network of Farm from a Box production hubs throughout the world. This supports local economies, contributes to local job creation, and meets the needs of a global market while limiting costly and wasteful shipping.