Micro Real Estate

Mushroom Farm Shipping Containers

Mushroom Farm

There are a number of shipping container farms that are designed to grow herbs, lettuce, and other small plants, but now there are also ready-to-grow mushroom farm shipping containers.

Ready-to-Grow Mushroom Farm Shipping Containers

Farmbox Foods has developed a gourmet mushroom farm that is installed inside of a shipping container, and I for one, am excited. I’ve been growing oyster, shiitake, and lion’s mane mushroom as a hobby for a few years at a very small scale. I’ve been using a technique to grow mushrooms in buckets with hay or wood chips or other organic matter as a growing medium for the mycelium (mycelium is kind of like the roots of the mushroom typically called the vegetative part of the fungus, while the mushroom itself is the “fruiting body” of the fungus), but creating the right environment for growth can be challenging.

Shipping container farms are a form of Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA), so it makes sense that the environmental controls used for growing plants could be adapted to growing mushrooms. Of course, the specific growing equipment is also significantly different than when growing plants indoors vs. mushrooms indoors. Though there have been some attempts at using hydroponic systems to grow mushrooms, there’s really not a need for a hydroponic set up that you typically see for growing plants indoors. Mushrooms don’t require light to grow, (though at certain stages in the growing cycle light is beneficial – and it also depends on the type of mushroom) so grow lights aren’t required.

Money to Be Made

Farmbox has stated that their mushroom shipping container farm is laid out to produce 400 pounds of mushrooms per week in a 320 sqft space. Assuming that is mostly oyster mushrooms and that the price per pound for wholesale stays around $6 per pound ($12 per pound retail), then you could generate $2,400 (or $4,800 retail) per WEEK from one mushroom farm shipping container!

Since this is a piece of hardware, then a commercial property owner would need to rent out a micro-property to the mushroom farmer. The CRE owner would then make money on the lease and their tenants could enjoy fresh mushroom year round. Of course, the farmer would make money from selling mushrooms to the tenants and nearby restaurants, grocery stores, farmers markets, etc. Micro-properties can be found through the micro-property listing search.

A Few Pioneers

FarmBox isn’t the first company to create mushroom farm shipping containers, but it appears to be the only company that is selling a turn-key farm. Green Box Mushrooms received funding through an agricultural lending platform called Steward to create their own shipping container farm for mushrooms. Though there are a great many indoor mushroom growing facilities around the world, there are only a few others that have realized the benefits of converting a shipping container into a mushroom farm.

In the UK, there is an urban mushroom farm called The Mushroom Garden, and in the US there is Haw River Mushrooms. Since shipping container farms can be placed fairly easily in urban areas, a mushroom farm in your neighborhood could crop up at any moment.

Location, Location, Location

If you’re thinking about starting your own shipping container farm, remember that just like in any other form of real estate, location is super important in micro real estate – especially for a shipping container farm. And it’s not just what building or parking lot something is it, but also where in that building or parking lot that can make all of the difference.

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