In a guide to shipping container farming and agriculture, Discover Containers explains what container farms are and what problems they solve, but they also share over 20 companies involved in container farming, and even discuss the option of building your own. 

Shipping container agriculture is one example in a long list of interesting applications for cargo boxes. And while the most common type of container agriculture is crop farming, there are several options for non-plant agriculture like fish or even protein-rich insects.

The point is that containers offer a way to provide a tightly managed ecosystem for whatever plant or animal species you’re hoping to grow or raise. Just like you probably find yourself being most effective and productive when you have good lighting, the right air temperature, and the perfect background music.

Agriculture is really no different. Plants and animals can certainly survive in many environments, but they grow best in specific conditions. And a shipping container is one tool that can be used to help create those ideal environments.

Read the full guide here.