Can You Really Grow a Farm in a Shipping Container?

Students of the World filmmaker Luciana Almeida explores innovative company Freight Farms, which uses shipping containers to create the perfect environment for farming.

What if you could grow food in impossible places? That’s the idea behind Freight Farms, a Food for Thought Month documentary from Students of the World filmmaker Luciana Almeida. Freight Farms, cofounded by Brad McNamara, thrives on the idea that food can be grown anywhere, in any environment.  

The agricultural company grows its sustainable food in shipping containers, which are already in most urban environments. Outfitted with vertical hydroponic systems, which allow the food to grow without soil, and LED lights that allow the perfect environment for growing, 365 days a year, Freight Farms proves that anyone with a passion for growing can do just about anything with their food.   

The documentary premieres this September on Pivot TV as part of Food for Thought Month. Every Wednesday and Sunday, you'll find films that discuss issues such as hunger, sustainability, and industrial farming—from well-known documentaries like Food, Inc. to lesser-known gems like Pressure Cooker. We've also got compelling shows such as Dark Rye, an in-depth look at innovation in farming and food, and our nightly news program, TakePart Live, hosted by Jacob Soboroff and Meghan McCain, where we focus on the issues that matter to those who care about what they eat.

We're also working with TakePart to offer simple, effective ways to take action on these issues right from your screen. Together, we can change the way our food is made. That’s because we believe what you watch makes a difference.  

Head over to the “Food for Thought” page to find out when the next program airs and take action.

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