Shipping containers have become increasingly popular as an economical choice for building homes, storage units, and even health care clinics in remote destinations. Many organizations have found these upcycled containers to be perfect for transporting goods.  Setting up service centers in disaster zones is another vital use for containers. Now a new use has been found for shipping containers: farming or gardening. 

Shipping containers are a perfect solution for gardening, specialty crops, or making space to grow fresh food in an area without available land. These containers can be fitted with shelving, grow lights, watering systems, and everything else you would need to grow fresh food and specialty plants or flowers. 

shipping container upcycled as a garden

Imagine the possibilities.  

Imagine a restaurant creating a shipping container garden behind their venue so that they have “fresh to table” options. An apartment complex can start a community garden for residents to enjoy. Farmers that want to increase crop output or raise specialty crops can use containers and reserve their ground space for other plants.  

You can control the temperature and growing conditions in a shipping container much easier than having to rely on the weather. Refrigerated containers are perfectly insulated.  If you need ultra-controlled growing conditions, you can opt for a refrigerated container. 

A New Resource For Schools 

Many schools have stopped offering classes or clubs related to gardening or agriculture. Many school districts try to devote their limited space to technology and science. A shipping container garden, however, can be the perfect option to teach children how to grow their food. 

A container garden is also the perfect way to teach children the science behind growing plants, soil management and conservation.  Even teaching innovative growing methods like hydroponics is possible in a recycled shipping container. 

sprinkler watering container garden vegetables

Cost Effective Farming Method 

One of the best benefits of a shipping container garden is the fact that these containers are very affordable. It is just more cost-effective to purchase a new or used shipping container and convert it into a growing area than it is to construct a greenhouse. Everyone can benefit from how affordable these containers are when used as a place to grow crops. The durability of a mobile storage container garden versus a traditional greenhouse is also a huge benefit.

Another benefit to growing food in a recycled portable container is how quickly you can bring your crops to harvest. In a controlled growing space like a shipping container, you can bring your crops to harvest in a matter of weeks for fast-growing foods because you always control the growing conditions. You do not have to worry about pest infestations, wild animals, or drought and heat issues slowing your growing season.