The old expression, ‘garbage in, garbage out,’ is particularly applicable to our diet. Experts tell us that fresh produce, preferably organic, is the way to go from a health perspective. But with mounting food miles becoming an increasing environmental issue, how do we get the natural ingredients our bodies need without further damaging the earth’s resources?
The obvious solution is to develop those green fingers and grown our own vegetables. But with more and more people living in cities and other urban developments, it can be difficult to find the space and facilities to take this approach.
Shipping containers (available at www.ShippingContainers.com.au) offer the perfect answer to the question of how and where to start your very own mini agricultural enterprise.
Though they may not seem the obvious choice, the humble shipping container can provide a robust and durable structure for a greenhouse in which to cultivate your own harvest. All you need is the right supplier and a little imagination.
A Question Of Scale
Before sourcing a potential container to convert, you need to work out your level of ambition in relation to the proposed greenhouse.
How many crops do you want to grow? Is it a domestic or commercial operation? Maybe you want to establish the greenhouse as a community or educational resource?
The flexibility of the containers means that so many usage options are available – from schools, to restaurants or even food distributors. Single or multiple units can be converted to suit a wide range of requirements.
Once you have a basic brief in mind, it’s best to talk over the requirements with a shipping container expert, who can match up your needs with what’s available. Team members at one of Australia’s top shipping companies, Shipping Containers, can provide this advice.
Now a water tight steel box with no windows may not sound like the ideal growing environment, but this is where that ‘little imagination’ comes in.
There are so many options to customize your container, depending on what exactly you want to grow. The walls can be equipped with growing channels (foam and plastic are popular materials to use), and irrigation systems can also be added. Lighting can be provided by solar panels and LED bulbs.
If you plan to move the container around and want to avoid the potential messiness of soil, you can even grow plants soil free, by sitting them in a nutrient rich solution.
Ventilation and insulation can be installed to allow for the changing seasons, thereby ensuring a friendly growing environment in your greenhouse, whatever the weather.
For a greenhouse which lasts, it is worth investing in a good quality container. Using a shipping container from a reputable company will ensure your greenhouse has a solid foundation. Opting for a supplier like Shipping Containers, which is 100% Australian owned and operated, will ensure your transformation project runs smoothly.
This home-grown Australian company sell only Aussie manufactured products which comply with all requisite safety standards – so you really know what you’re getting. And they offer a customer satisfaction guarantee, reinforcing their commitment to client delight.
More information about the shipping container modifications they have already undertaken is available at www.ShippingContainers.com.au.
So if you have the appetite for eating fresh but want to minimize the distance that food has to travel, a shipping container greenhouse could be a smart move. It’s a flexible low commitment solution, and it has the potential to accommodate domestic, commercial and community produce requirements. The units can be easily moved around, so more people can benefit, particularly in a community context.
With all these plus points, it’s a bit of a no-brainer. So what are you waiting for? Get with the greenhouse group today and start the ball rolling.
Author Bio: Francis Karl Rushman is a business man at heart, but also a great advocate for protecting the environment. He is an ardent supporter of fresh produce and relishes organic cooking. He became familiar with the work of Port Container Services through their website – www.ShippingContainers.com.au – and has successfully completed several conversion projects with them.