Container farm brings local production to Quebec

La Boîte Maraîchère, the first company to have joined the Plan de développement de la zone agricole de Laval (PDZA) in December, announces the official launch of its business activities. The company has developed a model to grow fruit and vegetables that supports intensive production 365 days a year.

“The secret of La Boîte Maraîchère lies in the use of 100% recycled containers that are adapted to hydroponic culture for intensive production,” explains Julien Loiseau, Co-Founder of La Boîte Maraîchère. “Our facilities are fully protected from adverse weather conditions and allow us to reduce our energy and water consumption by 80% to 90% compared to conventional greenhouses. Plus, they can be stacked one upon the other.”

Thanks to these container structures, Quebecers will be able to consume vegetables, including various types of lettuce and fine herbs, mushrooms and strawberries, and eventually, hundreds of other products such as tropical fruit and vegetables, produced right in the province.

A farming revolution
The model proposed by La Boîte Maraîchère is a direct response to a growing demand for products made in Quebec and an enthusiasm for locally produced agriculture. The containers, which take up very little area and require much fewer resources than traditional agriculture, also minimize the environmental footprint and ecological impact of production.

“With a lower Canadian exchange rate and business relations with our U.S. neighbours looking firmer, local farming is more than ever a viable and smart solution,” continued Richard Giunta, CEO and Co-Founder of La Boîte Maraîchère.

In one year, a 40-foot container can produce the equivalent of a 1-acre farm (43,560 square feet) over the same period – a yield that is 145 times greater.

For more information:
La Boîte Maraîchère
1605 Montée-Saint-François,
Laval, Québec

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