Structures & Equipment
Scalable, pre-fabricated indoor farming systems
By Dave Harrison
Nov. 9, 2016, Brampton, Ont. – Modular Farms Inc., a Canadian start-up founded in 2015, has developed its first modular farm unit.
The portable container farm, which is designed to grow lettuces, leafy greens and herbs in the harshest and most remote environments, is available for showcase at their Brampton offices.
“Indoor agriculture is becoming a very important trend in the food market and Modular Farms is poised to be a leader in this field moving forward,” says Eric Amyot, the company’s co-founder and CEO.
“We’ve designed a scalable, modular, portable and self-contained indoor farming system that literally gets delivered on a truck and plugged in to start growing, with yields twice as high as any other farming system we’ve seen to date.”
It’s been specifically designed the farm system to work in the north of Canada. “The food security problems there are problems we think we can help solve,” says Amyot, who has been on two trips to Canada’s north to try and help solve the food issues there. “By doing so, we’ve created a product that can work virtually anywhere in the world.”
SCALABLE AND MODULAR
The Modular Farm allows growers to add on new growing modules in the future, such as a water-capture module, a storage module, a vestibule, a micro-green module and even a micro grid module.
“We want our farmers to know that they are capable of growing their business and adding modules in the future,” says Eric Bergeron, the company’s other co-founder and lead farmer. “The modules, which will be released in 2017, are specifically designed to allow farmers the flexibility to scale their business as needed.”
Modular Farms works with industry leading experts such as Intravision Light Systems of Norway and Canada, as well as Bright Agrotech from the U.S. “The light system in our farm was specifically designed to maximize yields in the enclosed environment but also to work with the proven ZipGrow Tower growing system from Bright Agrotech,” says Amyot.
PRODUCTION AND PRICING
The farms, which retail for between $125,000 and $150,000, are ready for production and the company has already landed 32 units to manufacture in the coming year.
Modular Farms already has partnerships in Australia, Singapore and China to begin manufacturing the systems in those countries in 2017.
ABOUT MODULAR FARMS INC.
Modular Farms is a Canadian manufacturer of modular container farming systems. The six-employee company is based in Brampton and Cornwall, Ontario and was founded in 2015.