If the idea of modular farming has piqued your interest, chances are you have some unanswered questions about how to get started. It’s important to know exactly what vertical farming entails, before investing in a modular farming system. To better help you understand its concept and what it takes to achieve your farming goals, we’ve rounded up key questions to ask yourself before getting started. Lettuce help you ensure this decision is an equitable one!
Do I understand the local market?
Think about the geography and demographics of your local area. The market for fresh produce may vary between big cities and smaller suburbs. Start by doing basic research about your community and the market your Modular Farm might serve. Who lives there? What do they eat? Where do they buy their food and how? How much are they willing to pay for farm-fresh produce? Developing an understanding of current market trends and staying up-to-date on the industry will help you plan for long-term success.
What is my big picture goal?
You can grow just about anything in a Modular Farm, and it’s exciting to think about experimenting with specific crops. Are you a first-time farmer or looking to supplement your traditional farming methods? Whether you’re planning to operate a single Primary Module or build an expansive high-yield farming system, it’s essential to plan for the produce you plan to grow. Once you’ve researched your local market, think about potential customers or consider other ways you can make an impact in your community or organization using your Modular Farm.
What outlet(s) do I have in place?
Remember, Modular Farms grow food… and plenty of it (a single unit comes equipped with 3,840 plant sites). While you don’t need to have a detailed plan for how to sell every kilogram, you should research potential distribution and sales channels for your produce. Modular Farms are designed to support small and large-scale operations, from independent farmers to complex urban centres. Whether you’re using your Modular Farm as your primary business or for self-sustainability, there are various outlets you can use to effectively share your produce. Farmers markets, school events, fundraisers, grocery stores and restaurants are only a few options available for Modular Farmers.
Is my business feasible?
Modular farming can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it’s also a significant economic commitment for many first-time farmers. Does a Modular Farm make sense for your personal goals and vision? How much time, commitment and resources are you prepared to invest in your farm? You’ll get the most out of your Modular Farm experience if you develop a feasible plan before you get started.
What are the next steps?
We’re glad you asked. If these questions fueled your excitement in Modular Farming, get in touch with us about the different opportunities for your specific farming needs. If you’ve done your research and read our FAQ and are now wondering “what’s next?”, we encourage you to ensure you have the technical requirements needed for a Modular Farm. We’ve laid this out for you because we care and want you to get the most out of your modular farming system.
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