Receive a sample of our K-12 curriculum. Full curriculum package included free with every Flex Farm
Inspire your students to grow
Unleash the power of fresh food with the Flex Farm hydroponic farm!
- An engaging cross-curricular teaching tool
- Includes a curriculum package aligned to NGSS standards
- Hands-on learning opportunities for grades K-12
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Use the Flex Farm within your learning environment
Students learn while growing high-quality, nutritious produce. Fresh, student-grown crops can be used in school food programs, donated to local food pantries, and incorporated into micro-enterprise and fundraising projects.
Flex Farm growers have…
1.2 million servings
of fresh food each year
SAVED MORE THAN
$1.4 million by growing with the Flex Farm
CONSERVED MORE THAN
5.9 million gallons of water
A Fork Farms success story
One of our school partners has seen a…
Increase in positive perception of fresh vegetables among students
Increase in consumption of fresh vegetables among students
Increased knowledge indicators about nutrition and healthy eating
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Flex Farm vs. Traditional Agriculture
food miles and waste
less land required
less water required
Installing a Flex Farm at your school opens up unlimited programming opportunities. From getting students excited about planting your first crop, to inspiring changes in perceptions of healthy foods, the Flex Farm will help you engage your students in the fresh food movement like never before.
The Flex Farm has…
A GUARANTEED WARRANTY
A 14-DAY RETURN POLICY
DISHWASHER SAFE PANELS
“We are very pleased with our Flex Farm and appreciate the support you have provided. We have nibbled on a few leaves and are looking forward to salads, herbs and greens with every meal. Friends and family are anxiously awaiting the first harvest! Our hope is to fulfill family and friend needs and reach out to local food pantries and homeless shelters.“
– Katie and Mark, Home Users – Green Bay, WI
“This was such an authentic project-based learning experience for the kids. For them to be able to grow produce and brainstorm what we could do with that produce to make a difference in our world was really powerful.“
– Rachel Sebastian, Innovation Teacher
“I love the idea of students being able to garden year-round and not be limited by the winter weather. As an educator, I knew students would see the Flex Farm and they would be automatically drawn to it. Having this system allows them to see their progress throughout a growing cycle. It’s amazing how chemistry is involved, checking the pH level and nutrient level on a daily basis. When kids notice something is going wrong or if there is an issue, I let them figure it out. It’s really fun to watch them see success and use their problem-solving skills“
– Emily Bennett, High School Teacher
“Our school is heavy into service-learning. We had the kids brainstorm about what they believed was an issue the community faces. They suggested hunger. We engaged with a local pantry and the kids grew fresh lettuce to be donated. It was an amazing opportunity because it encouraged students to think about how they could improve their community and gave them the ability to take action themselves.“
– Cassandra Graff, Teacher
“As a former science teacher and current curriculum resource for our district, I want to compliment Fork Farms on the high quality of the Flex Farm. The ease of use of the components and well-thought-out design make it very usable in the classroom. Having the curriculum materials available allows teachers to incorporate this wonderful resource into their teaching as part of the core instruction and not just a stand-alone project.“
– Dr. Georgia Kraus, District Curriculum Coordinator
“The Flex Farm is revolutionary for education because it allows students and teachers to use it as a flexible, hands-on and interdisciplinary tool for teaching that goes beyond traditional ‘sit and get’ teaching methods“
– Wendell Willis, Former Chief Operations Officer
“The Fork Farm system is innovative because it simplifies the hydroponic approach, minimizes the footprint necessary, and has an integrated lighting system. Support for running the system is great, and the staff are always willing to answer questions and stop by to help. Now, we are able to teach everything from the nitrogen cycle to the life cycle of plants to the benefits of healthy eating with one system. Students are engaged with the system at every stage of the process, from seeding to harvesting, to packaging and selling. This is a great addition to any classroom and school“
–Jason Stellmacher, High School Science Teacher
Frequently asked questions
What is hydroponic farming?
Hydroponics: The “hydro,” or “water,” is key to growing in this form. Hydroponic farms do not use soil but do have a growing medium, such as Rockwool. Hydroponic plants need nutrients and can be grown in vertical racks, towers, or vertical panels.
What can I grow in a Flex Farm?
The Flex Farm is optimized to grow all varieties of leafy greens such as lettuces and culinary herbs. Our partners have seen success growing cucumbers, strawberries, peppers, tomatoes and even pumpkins. Imagination and experimentation are the keys to unlocking the full potential, we’re still making discoveries ourselves!
How much time does it take to maintain a Flex Farm?
On average, you can expect to spend about 1 – 3 hours per month maintaining your Flex Farm. This includes the time it takes to plant seeds, transplant your seedlings, and harvesting.
How can I get a Flex Farm?
Flex Farms can be ordered directly through our website at https://forkfarmsdev.wpengine.com/flex-farm-generation-4/ or through one of our Partnership Development Team Members.
If you’d like to order a Flex Farm through one of our team members, please reach out through our chat function on the website, or by email at email@example.com
You can also reach a team member by phone at 877.886.7736, Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm. We are more than happy to assist you!
What’s included in the Flex Farm?
Each Flex Farm comes with everything you need to start growing for your first few months. Plus, your purchase includes free access to farmative, our digital platform to access growing resources and connect with the Flex Farm community.”
Each Flex Farm purchase includes:
- Light tower
- LED growing lights
- Submersible pump
- Grower kit
- TDS meter
- pH test kit
- Measuring cup
- Measuring spoons
- Small bristle brush
- Grow Supply Kit
- Rockwool flats
- Nursery tray
- pH down
- pH up
- Nutrient A
- Nutrient B
- Pelleted seeds
Who is the Flex Farm for?
Fork Farms believes that anyone can be a farmer. The Flex Farm is for anyone with a desire to grow highly nutritious, chemical-free, fresh food year-round, indoors. Its compact size and high yield capacity make it the perfect fit for educational institutions, culinary operations, healthcare organizations, nonprofits, families and more. Indoor farming is revolutionizing the way we bring fresh and healthy food to our communities.
How many pounds of food can I grow in a Flex Farm?
That all depends on what you plant! Some plant varieties weigh more than others. It also depends if you are growing leafy greens, herbs, or fruiting plants such as strawberries and tomatoes. Overall, we say a Flex Farm has the capacity to grow more than 20 pounds of leafy greens every 28 day grow cycle.
How much does it cost to operate a Flex Farm?
At the national average of $0.13 per kWh, it costs approximately $16.85 per month in electricity to operate a Flex Farm for the recommended 16 hours per daylight cycle. Other costs include, growing supplies such as seeds, nutrients, and Rockwool (grow medium). On average, most people budget about $300 per year.
How much energy does it take to run a Flex Farm?
Each Flex Farm requires a 40W pump which runs continuously and six LED lights which each draw 40W for an average of 16 hours daily. Therefore, at any given time, you’re only ever drawing 280W per Flex Farm.
Where can I get more supplies when I run out?
You can purchase growing supplies directly through our website. We offer two supply kit options.
The first kit is a Grow Supplies Box Subscription. The Flex Farm Grow Supplies Box Subscription program delivers all the supplies you need to grow every 3 months right to your door. With automatic quarterly payments, the subscription is a convenient and affordable way to stay stocked with the supplies you need to grow with the Flex Farm.
The second option is the Bulk Supply Box is designed for partners operating four or more Flex Farms. It includes all the consumable products necessary to run four Flex Farms for approximately 12 months.
Flex Farm users can also purchase individual growing supplies in a variety of flexible quantities through the farmative store.