Shipping Container Farm: The Pros and Cons

Shipping Container Farm: The Pros and Cons

If you go into the industrial area of any major city these days, you are sure to see a few shipping container farms. They are placed anywhere from backyards to parking lots to roofs. But how exactly do they work? Let’s go over the pros and cons of shipping container farms, so you can learn a bit more about these innovative structures.

The Good

You may have seen shipping container farms online, on TV, or in newspapers. Seeing these success stories has created an interest from people who are dreaming of transforming these discarded shipping containers into something useful. How does this work when it comes to the business of growing and selling food?

The top reasons for using shipping containers as greenhouses are:

  • They are modular and easy to ship.
  • They are compact and self-contained.
  • Used shipping containers are cheap and available.
  • Prices will continue to be driven down as the competition increases.

Easy to Transport

The primary benefit of easy shipping for these farms is that it allows manufacturers to set up shop where it is least expensive and then be able to ship them directly to a farm site loaded and ready to grow. This has great potential for the farmer who needs to be able to set up his or her farm quickly and start growing without having to worry about building a greenhouse or finding warehouse space.

Shipping container farm manufacturers can easily get their products to the farmers quickly and efficiently. They can also be sent anywhere in the world and set up in areas that were previously difficult to farm in. Hopefully over time this will help fight hunger around the world.

Leaves a Compact Footprint

Another benefit of a shipping container farm is that you need minimal space to start one and no need for a dedicated building. This means that a modern farmer or company can easily drop one of these container farms behind their restaurant or even in a parking lot. Using a container farm opens up many doors for producing food closer to where it is going to be consumed. If you want to do this, you do need to keep in mind that the container needs to sit on a flat surface to function and can sometimes require a cement pad.

Readily Available

You can find a used shipping container just about anywhere, as they have been used for decades to ship goods overseas. Millions of them have been made and are sitting empty now, just waiting for industrious recyclers to snatch them up. Some types of containers are easier to retire than to fix, such as refrigeration containers. This does represent a loss to the company, so they will be eager to sell any retired containers they can. This makes many types of used containers inexpensive.

Value-Based Competition

With the cost of getting a used shipping container being so low, there are more and more companies getting into the business of boxed farms. The more companies jump on board with this, the more the price will decrease over time as it becomes easier to acquire pre-made farms. Having a lower price point means there will be more aspiring farmers launching new businesses, and this will in turn help the supply of locally grown food in many locations.

The Bad

The core problem with used shipping containers is that they were not designed to grow food. This can put growers at a disadvantage. The biggest drawbacks of container farms are:

  • Difficulty in controlling the growth environment.
  • Structural integrity.
  • Problems with light, heat, and layout.
  • People and workflow issues.

Difficulty Controlling the Environment

If it can be managed well, there are many benefits to a controlled environment. While the benefits of the controlled environment can be good, the small area can also be a curse if the farmer finds the environment impossible to control.

At any given time in an indoor farm, the lights are generating heat and water is evaporating. This means that plants are transpiring and gasses are accumulating and being exchanged. That’s great, because it means the plants are growing! However, with all the heat and humidity, the results are amplified in a denser growing environment. To make sure your controlled environment is a blessing and not a curse, you must understand environmental control, and it must be prioritized in the design of the container farm.

Integrity Issues in Repurposed Shipping Containers

There is an often-overlooked danger of a repurposed shipping container in their limited structural lifespan. These containers have been around the world a few times and have been subjected to salt water and high winds before being discarded. This means they were well worn before they were even made into the farming business.

This will limit the life of the farm. In some cases, the quality of the container is so low that some famers have had their container condemned by the city. If you do go this route of starting a shipping container farm, be sure to carefully inspect the structure and make sure it can sustain your farm.

Appropriate Balance

This goes hand in hand with the controlled environment. Light and heat have an antagonist relationship, so the need for supplying the quality and balance needed for plants to grow to their full potential is a very important one in a shipping container farm.

Plants like light but are sensitive to heat, and this is a delicate balance in a compact metal container. Because of the tight space in shipping container farms, the farmers face an interesting problem. They need high-intensity lighting to grow the plants but often do not have enough space to install enough cooling units to deal with the heat created by the lights.

Human Workflow

The environment of farms is not just designed for the plants, it also needs to be designed for people. The big issue with shipping container farms is that they are not designed for people to work in, and this can pose a real issue for the famers.

There are two reasons why you want to keep your farm labor-friendly. The first is that labor is money, and second is that there is nothing worse than working in a hot, confined space for dozens of hours each week. This can drive workers crazy and make them dread going to work.

How efficiently your workplace is set up for workers is important and sometimes overlooked. Do not neglect this as you are shopping for a shipping container farm. The most practical way to feel out the workflow of your farm is to visit several set-up shipping container farms before you buy one yourself. Talk to other farmers and see what works best for them.

Regardless of the good or the bad of the farming, people are interested in the quality of their food. If you do your due diligence and set up a successful shipping container farm, you are bound to have some success and help play a significant role in solving the supply problem of locally grown food. Not all container farms are created equally, so be sure before you make your purchase.

If you want to check out some more Porta-Stor blogs about shipping container farms, check out The Future of Shipping Container Farms and an overview of the company Farm From A Box.

Moving Tips 

Moving Tips

You have found a new place, and now it’s time for the packing. Where do you start, and how do you get through it all without going crazy? The closets, the cabinets, and all those drawers are full of stuff that needs to get packed. Let’s go over some moving tips and tricks that might help you out.

Do You Really Need All This Stuff?

The short answer is no, you do not need to keep all of your stuff when moving. There are sure to be things you are hanging onto for sentimental reasons, things you are keeping for the DIY project you’ve wanted to work on for years now, and all those holiday decorations that you plan to use when you have more space. Every home has some clutter stored that the family doesn’t really need.

The best first step to take is to clear out this clutter. All of those things that have been shoved into closets or stored in drawers with no real chance of being used are wasting space. Now is the time to get all that out in the open and decide what to keep, toss, or donate. Go through your entire home with this in mind. It will make packing and organizing your new home so much easier if you have less clutter.

Set Up Three Piles

As you go through your things, it is best to set up separate piles. These piles should be: keep, donate, and toss.

If you have time to have a yard-sale as you get ready to move, go ahead and make a fourth pile of stuff to sell. It may be easier for you to sell online as you go. If you go this route, make sure you have the box clearly marked that is full of items to sell.

Your toss pile should be taken out of your house as soon as you have it full, so you are not tempted to go back through it and change your mind. Plus this will help clear your space, which will help clear your mind and make it easier to organize as you get ready to move.

When your donation pile is ready, the same rule applies. Make sure you get it to your charity of choice within the next day, so you do not give yourself time to change your mind.

Now with this step done, you are ready to organize and pack all the belongings you are keeping! If you want more tips on decluttering, check out Porta-Stor’s blog on that topic here.

Sort Your Things By Category

Notice that this section is not labeled “sort your things by room.” This is the first step in an organized move and an organized home. What it means is that you will sort through your things before you pack them, so it is more organized when it gets packed, and you will know where everything is located. For example, go through all of your clothes or all of your books at the same time so you know what you have and if you really need it. You might find duplicates of something or realize that you have an unnecessary amount of one type of thing.

How Will You Move?

It’s always important to research any company you plan to use online. Look up moving companies to see what option is best for you. You might end up wanting to use a storage container that you can pack yourself as you go, or you may prefer a moving truck with workers doing the heavy lifting. Just make sure you look into the options and have one ready before the time comes to actually move.

This leads to the next moving tip: make sure you set up the right moving day for you and your family. If you are hiring a moving company, make sure you hire them about a month out from your move date. If you are able to have some flexibility in the date you move, search for the least expensive option and remember that most moving companies are busiest on Saturdays. It may be to your benefit to try and schedule your moving day in the middle of the week. You can find more information on the best times of the year to move here.

Create a Moving To-Do List and Calendar

Get out that notebook and start making a list. This moving tip will help you put what you need to do first into top priority and plan when each task needs to be done. Go ahead and use your family calendar to write important things down too. That way your entire family knows and can help you get things done. This takes the stress off of you and allows for your family to do their part and get involved in the move.

Packing Tips

Now that you are organized and have gone through all the clutter, it is time to start really packing up your belongings. Here are a few moving tips that will help you make it easier:

Kitchen:

When you pack your plates, you can stack them vertically, like records, and they will be less likely to break. You can find more information on backing breakables here.

When you pack your casserole dishes and other breakables, you can use your clothes or towels to pack around them like bubble wrap. This does two things at once – you get your dishes packed, plus some of your clothes as well!

Use your socks to pack your drink ware. Again, you are packing your dishes and some of your clothes at the same time.

Electronics:

Before you unplug and take apart your TV or any other electronics in your home, make sure you take a quick picture of how everything is hooked up, so it is easier to put together at your new home.

Closets:

In your clothes closets, leave the clothes hanging, and pull a large trash bag around sections of them. Make sure you then secure the trash bag around the hangers. This way you can keep all clothes on the hangers and move them from one closet to the new closet a lot easier.

Drawers:

As you go through all the drawers in your home, from the kitchen to the bedroom, keep Ziploc bags handy for the little things. You can keep it all together and move it while still in the drawer without worrying about losing something tiny.

Simply place plastic wrap over the top of the clothes in your drawers and press it down. This holds your clothes in place and keeps them sealed for the move.

Use any and all baskets and suitcases you have around your home. These are great ‘boxes’ for packing things in, and it gives you fewer boxes to move, since you are taking these baskets and suitcases with you anyway. Use them!

With just these few basic moving tips, you can make your packing and moving process much easier and more organized. Take it all one day at a time, and try to enjoy the process. Moving into a fresh new home can be exciting!

Commercial Storage Rental in Carpinteria

Commercial Storage Rental in Carpinteria

If you are looking for a storage container for your commercial needs Porta Stor is the solution for you. Large or small our containers are suitable for storing records and inventory for your growing office or warehouse.

We provide clean, secure, water tight and weather resistant steel containers that will protect your inventory. We offer five commercial portable storage containers in different sizes and four of the five come with a removable shelving system, free of charge if needed.

Learn More About Our Containers

Typical storage applications implemented by commercial businesses may include:

  • Seasonal Inventory
  • Office Furniture
  • Machinery
  • Warehouse Equipment

Our commercial portable storage containers have been a major help to Large and Small Office buildings, Auto Part Stores, Furniture Stores, Gyms and much more.

With our free delivery and removal throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles County we have the best prices around (compare here). We will also transport containers between locations with our low cost “respot” fee, making us the best option for you.

Call for questions about Commercial Storage Rental in Carpinteria.

Rent Storage Containers in Carpinteria, California

If you need to Rent Storage Containers in Carpinteria, you need to Rent a Porta-Stor portable steel container in Carpinteria, California. Our containers are all-steel and come in roll-off or overseas style, depending on the size. Free container delivery and removal is provided in Carpinteria as well as all 95 other cities in our Service Area. Do you need your storage container relocated? Contact Us to inquire further.

If you need more storage space in Carpinteria, Porta-Stor is the answer for you. Locally owned & operated since 1975. We provide clean, secure & economical storage containers for commercial facilities, construction sites, retail stores, and residential homes in Carpinteria.  Porta-Stor gives you the space you need! WE SAVE YOU MONEY! We have NO sales Tax, NO hidden fees, NO setup costs and NO fuel surcharges. Contact us today for more information for portable storage rental in Carpinteria. We look forward to serving your portable storage rental needs!

OUR CONTAINERS ARE INVESTMENTS FOR YOUR FUTURE! Porta-Stor provides free delivery to our Carpinteria customers. Whether you have a small-scale renovation project, large retail commercial business or any size construction site, we are committed to helping you create more space. We also provide portable storage rental for manufacturing and distribution centers in Carpinteria. We always offer FREE REMOVAL for all of our clients in Carpinteria. We guarantee competitive and timely quotes at an affordable monthly rental rate for our portable storage containers which have made us one of the most outstanding storage container companies in Carpinteria.

Portable Storage in Carpinteria

Carpinteria is a small beach community 15 minutes south east of Santa Barbara. Don’t let the small town feel fool you, Carpinteria is headquarters of one of the fastest growing private company Lynda.com. Carpinteria is also home to the Avocado Fest, the popular Santa Barbara Polo Club and Hollandia Produce. Our storage containers are weather resistant which will keep any documents or items you need stored extra safe. The containers also use a double lock system, this protects each containers contents from theft. We also provide container relocation within Carpinteria or to other locations in our Service Area. Please Contact Us with questions to Rent Storage Containers in Carpinteria and learn about our container rental, delivery, and removal policies.

Cargo Containers for Ranches and Farms in Carpinteria

Cargo Containers for Ranches and Farms in Carpinteria

Ranches and Farms often have unique storage requirements which may include equestrian equipment, farming equipment, animal feed, and more. Our range of storage containers are suitable for most ranch, farm, and agricultural purposes.

Learn More About Our Containers

Typical storage applications implemented by ranches & farms may include:

  • Farm tools
  • Saddles
  • Hay
  • Feed
  • All of our containers are watertight, weather resistant, and secure to prevent theft. The type of materials you intend to store may determine which container is best suited to your needs.  We suggest you contact us so that we can help you choose the best storage container for your needs.

Not sure if our containers are suitable to store your materials? Contact Us to discuss each container and choose the best container for your application and to inquire further about onsite storage for Industrial facilities.

With our free delivery and removal throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles County we have the best prices around (compare here). We will also transport containers between locations with our low cost “respot” fee, making us the best option for you.

Rent Storage Containers in Carpinteria, California

If you need to Rent Storage Containers in Carpinteria, you need to Rent a Porta-Stor portable steel container in Carpinteria, California. Our containers are all-steel and come in roll-off or overseas style, depending on the size. Free container delivery and removal is provided in Carpinteria as well as all 95 other cities in our Service Area. Do you need your storage container relocated? Contact Us to inquire further.

If you need more storage space in Carpinteria, Porta-Stor is the answer for you. Locally owned & operated since 1975. We provide clean, secure & economical storage containers for commercial facilities, construction sites, retail stores, and residential homes in Carpinteria.  Porta-Stor gives you the space you need! WE SAVE YOU MONEY! We have NO sales Tax, NO hidden fees, NO setup costs and NO fuel surcharges. Contact us today for more information for portable storage rental in Carpinteria. We look forward to serving your portable storage rental needs!

OUR CONTAINERS ARE INVESTMENTS FOR YOUR FUTURE! Porta-Stor provides free delivery to our Carpinteria customers. Whether you have a small-scale renovation project, large retail commercial business or any size construction site, we are committed to helping you create more space. We also provide portable storage rental for manufacturing and distribution centers in Carpinteria. We always offer FREE REMOVAL for all of our clients in Carpinteria. We guarantee competitive and timely quotes at an affordable monthly rental rate for our portable storage containers which have made us one of the most outstanding storage container companies in Carpinteria.

Portable Storage in Carpinteria

Carpinteria is a small beach community 15 minutes south east of Santa Barbara. Don’t let the small town feel fool you, Carpinteria is headquarters of one of the fastest growing private company Lynda.com. Carpinteria is also home to the Avocado Fest, the popular Santa Barbara Polo Club and Hollandia Produce. Our storage containers are weather resistant which will keep any documents or items you need stored extra safe. The containers also use a double lock system, this protects each containers contents from theft. We also provide container relocation within Carpinteria or to other locations in our Service Area. Please Contact Us with questions to Rent Storage Containers in Carpinteria and learn about our container rental, delivery, and removal policies.

Rent Cargo Containers in Carpinteria

Rent Cargo Containers in Carpinteria

Manufacturing facilities, textile factories, lumber yards, and many other industrial based operations have used our storage containers throughout the years to safely organize their inventory, supplies, and products.

Learn More About Our Containers

Typical storage applications implemented by industrial companies may include:

  • Paper documents
  • Uniforms
  • Industrial supplies
  • Tools

Because each container is watertight, weather resistant and secure, they are ideal for storing fabrics, hardwood, electrical components, and more. With high-strength locking systems, each container’s contents are safe from theft.

Not sure if our containers are suitable to store your materials? Contact Us to discuss each container and choose the best container for your application and to inquire further about onsite storage for Industrial facilities.

With our free delivery and removal throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles County we have the best prices around (compare here). We will also transport containers between locations with our low cost “respot” fee, making us the best option for you to Rent Cargo Containers in Carpinteria.

Rent Storage Containers in Carpinteria, California

If you need to Rent Storage Containers in Carpinteria, you need to Rent a Porta-Stor portable steel container in Carpinteria, California. Our containers are all-steel and come in roll-off or overseas style, depending on the size. Free container delivery and removal is provided in Carpinteria as well as all 95 other cities in our Service Area. Do you need your storage container relocated? Contact Us to inquire further.

If you need more storage space in Carpinteria, Porta-Stor is the answer for you. Locally owned & operated since 1975. We provide clean, secure & economical storage containers for commercial facilities, construction sites, retail stores, and residential homes in Carpinteria.  Porta-Stor gives you the space you need! WE SAVE YOU MONEY! We have NO sales Tax, NO hidden fees, NO setup costs and NO fuel surcharges. Contact us today for more information for portable storage rental in Carpinteria. We look forward to serving your portable storage rental needs!

OUR CONTAINERS ARE INVESTMENTS FOR YOUR FUTURE! Porta-Stor provides free delivery to our Carpinteria customers. Whether you have a small-scale renovation project, large retail commercial business or any size construction site, we are committed to helping you create more space. We also provide portable storage rental for manufacturing and distribution centers in Carpinteria. We always offer FREE REMOVAL for all of our clients in Carpinteria. We guarantee competitive and timely quotes at an affordable monthly rental rate for our portable storage containers which have made us one of the most outstanding storage container companies in Carpinteria.

Portable Storage in Carpinteria

Carpinteria is a small beach community 15 minutes south east of Santa Barbara. Don’t let the small town feel fool you, Carpinteria is headquarters of one of the fastest growing private company Lynda.com. Carpinteria is also home to the Avocado Fest, the popular Santa Barbara Polo Club and Hollandia Produce. Our storage containers are weather resistant which will keep any documents or items you need stored extra safe. The containers also use a double lock system, this protects each containers contents from theft. We also provide container relocation within Carpinteria or to other locations in our Service Area. Please Contact Us with questions to Rent Storage Containers in Carpinteria and learn about our container rental, delivery, and removal policies.

Rent Hospital Storage Containers in Carpinteria

Rent Hospital Storage Containers in Carpinteria

Porta-Stor cargo containers and roll off containers are perfect for providing hospitals and medical facilities with affordable extra storage. These containers are airtight, watertight, and highly secure, which makes them ideal for hospital storage.

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Typical storage applications implemented by hospitals may include:

  • Medical records
  • Paper documents
  • Patient charts
  • Uniforms
  • Medical supplies
  • Janitorial supplies

Hospitals, Medical Care Clinics, and many similar establishments utilize our steel containers for compact onsite storage.

With our free delivery and removal throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles County we have the best prices around.  We will also transport containers between locations with our low cost “respot” fee, making us the best option to Rent Hospital Storage Containers in Ventura.

Portable Storage in Carpinteria

Carpinteria is a small beach community 15 minutes south east of Santa Barbara. Don’t let the small town feel fool you, Carpinteria is headquarters of one of the fastest growing private company Lynda.com. Carpinteria is also home to the Avocado Fest, the popular Santa Barbara Polo Club and Hollandia Produce. Our storage containers are weather resistant which will keep any documents or items you need stored extra safe. The containers also use a double lock system, this protects each containers contents from theft. We also provide container relocation within Carpinteria or to other locations in our Service Area. Please Contact Us with questions to Rent Storage Containers in Carpinteria and learn about our container rental, delivery, and removal policies.

Rent Office Containers in Carpinteria

Rent Office Containers in Carpinteria

Porta-Stor cargo storage containers and roll off containers are perfect for providing offices and large business with affordable extra storage. These containers are airtight, watertight, and highly secure.

Learn More About Our Containers

Typical storage applications implemented by hospitals may include:

  • Office Records
  • Paper documents
  • Extra furniture
  • Office supplies
  • Janitorial supplies

High rises, small office buildings and many similar establishments utilize our steel containers for compact onsite storage.

With our free delivery and removal throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles County we have the best prices around.  We will also transport storage containers between locations with our low cost “respot” fee, making us the best option for you.

Rent Storage Containers in Carpinteria, California

If you need to Rent Storage Containers in Carpinteria, you need to Rent a Porta-Stor portable steel container in Carpinteria, California. Our containers are all-steel and come in roll-off or overseas style, depending on the size. Free container delivery and removal is provided in Carpinteria as well as all 95 other cities in our Service Area. Do you need your storage container relocated? Contact Us to inquire further.

If you need more storage space in Carpinteria, Porta-Stor is the answer for you. Locally owned & operated since 1975. We provide clean, secure & economical storage containers for commercial facilities, construction sites, retail stores, and residential homes in Carpinteria.  Porta-Stor gives you the space you need! WE SAVE YOU MONEY! We have NO sales Tax, NO hidden fees, NO setup costs and NO fuel surcharges. Contact us today for more information for portable storage rental in Carpinteria. We look forward to serving your portable storage rental needs!

OUR CONTAINERS ARE INVESTMENTS FOR YOUR FUTURE! Porta-Stor provides free delivery to our Carpinteria customers. Whether you have a small-scale renovation project, large retail commercial business or any size construction site, we are committed to helping you create more space. We also provide portable storage rental for manufacturing and distribution centers in Carpinteria. We always offer FREE REMOVAL for all of our clients in Carpinteria. We guarantee competitive and timely quotes at an affordable monthly rental rate for our portable storage containers which have made us one of the most outstanding storage container companies in Carpinteria.

Portable Storage in Carpinteria

Carpinteria is a small beach community 15 minutes south east of Santa Barbara. Don’t let the small town feel fool you, Carpinteria is headquarters of one of the fastest growing private company Lynda.com. Carpinteria is also home to the Avocado Fest, the popular Santa Barbara Polo Club and Hollandia Produce. Our storage containers are weather resistant which will keep any documents or items you need stored extra safe. The containers also use a double lock system, this protects each containers contents from theft. We also provide container relocation within Carpinteria or to other locations in our Service Area. Please Contact Us with questions to Rent Storage Containers in Carpinteria and learn about our container rental, delivery, and removal policies.