Shipping Container Hydroponic Farming The Way Forward?

shipping container farm

For me its a bit of an odd one for sustainable development as an assessment of multi-crops is needed to see if it really is viable for every day use in city dwelling surroundings. Ok we are saving on transportation and lighting,pumps and heat come from solar panels but is it viable?

Many neighbourhoods would see kids running around on the roofs of these units damaging the solar panels at the same time in an upmarket area they don’t blend in. So where do they go?

Not scrapping the idea just trying to see where its viable in urban surroundings as the concept seems mainly to do with reduced travel. Places such as the middle east without a doubt these would be highly useful and productive but in the middle of New York or London?

I think if anything they would be more suited to being hidden away in things like railway arches and other spaces that are often not practical for other use as daylight doesn’t seem to be needed although if doing it myself I have to admit I would look at Louvre ventilation and a roof that allows light to pass. I’m out in the Philippines my main issues are electricity and bugs container farming would work urban scale here but the way things are developed to the West is very different.

Mono-cropping with shipping container farms may be useful for locations such as hospitals,military bases and other high volume and subsidised food locations but still trying to see how this concept fits into Joe public’s way of life. I can see how it works but like many things with shipping container homes and other buildings its to do with planning and surrounding areas more than anything else. Roof top gardens are probably a more viable project in many locations which makes me wonder are we better trying to get people away from daily gardening introducing automated systems or trying to educate people to be more green with the land they have?

Budget Shipping Container Home

I like this container home because its simple. But also because it shows with a limited budget and regular cash flow you can start with a container and work towards a fully functioning home. Yes its nowhere near finished but at the same time its got everything they currently need and is even open to the elements to allow a more natural surroundings way of life. If anything it shows you can go off the debt map and go your on way when it comes to owning your own home. Take your time, do what you can yourself and learn to salvage you can save fortune and get your own home for a small budget.

2x 20ft shipping container beach home/retreat – Sri Lanka

tropical shipping container home, Sri Lanka

Everything about the design says simple at the same time its not causing any high impact damage to the environment around it. A building ideal for the weekend or for someone seeking a simple way of life with a large outdoor area to wind the evenings away.

tropical shipping container home, Sri Lankatropical shipping container home, Sri Lanka

The home is built in Sri Lanka and the owner has political connections something of which I am not looking to get involved in but simply to cover the building itself as the design and construction could be easily replicated by others for many locations and scenarios. 

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Logan Photography