Kenneth Dale Speetjens, Co-Founder, President and CEO and Angela Speetjens, Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer
An average meal travels 1500 miles to make the journey from farm to plate. However, this essential voyage is often plagued by growing supply chain disruptions. Today, farm visionaries are choosing container-based farming to bypass food shortages, distribution hurdles, and profitability gaps worldwide. Even so, container-based farms come with problems like internal space constraints, high humidity rates, and environmental variability that interrupt healthy plant growth and affect crop value.
Enter Shipshape Urban Farms, an agritech manufacturer that addresses these challenges with its innovative Modular Container Farm, a 5.1-acre hydroponic farm inside a custom modular building designed to reduce food miles and create safe, fresh, and cost-effective food sources. The Container Farm imparts powerful humidification and lighting controls to help agritech businesses, farmers, grocery stores, restaurants, governments, non-profits, or community-supported agriculture businesses establish efficient and valuable vertical farming.
The Modular Container Farm's built-in high-grade humidity control system is the culmination of extensive R&D. The system combines its capabilities with other hydroponic services to efficiently regulate humidity through pre-installed farming equipment. Concurrently, Shipshape Urban Farm's direct air distribution system quickly and evenly distributes air across plants inside the Modular Container Farm, eliminating micro-climates that cause mould and mildew. The Farm also comprises precision agriculture air conditioning and hospital grade MERV filteration systems that deliver marked utility cost benefits.
Users can access the data gathered by the Container Farm through a user-friendly application that analyzes it and displays harvesting insights to enhance nutrient distribution channels and decrease crop loss. Shipshape Urban Farms evaluates the data within the farm and its operations to impart feedback, opinions, suggestions, and customizations.
"By blending our patented energy capture technology with our innovations in lighting, nutrient delivery, and general system or process management, we boost a farmer’s efficiency and crop predictability and therefore, profitability," says Dale Speetjens, Co-Founder, President, and CEO of Shipshape Urban Farms.
Whether for-profit or not-for-profit, every farmer who has purchased our farm shares our commitment to democratizing access to food and sustainability
Shipshape Urban Farms also follows proprietary lighting schedules that accelerates the growth light cycle process for Modular Container Farm to accelerate plant growth while controlling energy use and cost. Besides its cost-efficiency and energy conservation advantages, the Container Farm is ergonomically designed to provide farmers with more farming space for various crop types.
When onboarding a client, Shipshape Urban Farms provides multi-session farm training guided by standard operating procedures. It delivers ongoing classes that cover all business-in-a-box aspects and supports immediate or remote troubleshooting of farming issues. As needed, our Co-Founder and head of the horticultural team, Angela Speetjens team is available on-site to assist clients in perfecting the production of their farms.
Currently, Shipshape Urban Farms is working with a non-profit veteran organization to develop a therapeutic farming experience for veterans with PTSD and other issues. From an overall business standpoint, Shipshape Urban Farms provides the necessary supplies, from seeds, nutrients, packaging, and advanced agritech products to modular technology-based container farms that resolve horticulture, distribution, food insecurity, and food mile issues across the U.S.
Shipshape Urban Farms will soon launch a Modular Container Farm that combines the benefits of its patented energy capture technology and unmatched ability to optimize space-to-yield ratios within indoor farms to circumvent issues related to conducive growing in cities across the country. Moving forward, Shipshape Urban Farms aims to expand across the U.S. and beyond, with a mission to reduce food waste and carbon emissions by bringing the farm closer to the end user.