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Closed-Loop Farms Curb Emissions With Modular Greenhouses

By Nicole Caldwell

Imagine if, instead of restaurants or markets buying produce from farms, each eatery had its own mini-farm to pick from. That’s the vision of EkoFARMER, a new startup seeking to change the way we eat by removing the need to transport food altogether. Instead of trucking farm-fresh produce from miles away to farmers markets in city centers, EkoFARMER is bringing modular greenhouses directly into the metropolis. In an EkoFARMER future, everyone can have their very own tiny homestead to supply food for their business, family, neighborhood or office.

The closed-loop farming system brings the farm to business.

Exsilio Oy, a business-consulting firm in Finland, is in the process of developing EkoFARMER for commercial use, presenting the concept as the first-ever, closed-loop farming system. The units, roughly the size and shape of shipping containers, come with cutting-edge controls for temperature and humidity, irrigation and lighting. Crops are organized in layers, allowing for vertical gardening that maximizes crop volume. Automation for the controls removes guesswork, chance, and human error like over or under watering. And there’s no waste.