June 15, 2018

FAQ

Who is this for?  The Flex Farm is for anyone with a desire to grow healthy, pesticide-free plants any time of the year.  It’s compact size and high yield capacity make it a perfect fit for homes, farms, classrooms, cafeterias, restaurants, and community service organizations.  Indoor farming is revolutionizing the ability to bring fresher, healthier food to our communities and The Flex Farm sets the standard for cost, efficiency, and productivity.

Where can I put it and how much space does it take up?  The Flex Farm can be placed in just about any temperature-controlled room with access to water and electricity.  Our standard system sits on a 4’x3’ pallet and stands 6’ tall.  We’ve seen them placed in homes, classrooms, food pantries, cafeterias, libraries, corporate lobbies and more.

How much food can I grow in it? Each Flex Farm is capable of growing up to 288 plants at a time.  Here at our own indoor farm, we regularly harvest 25-30 lbs of lettuce per machine every 28 days.

What can I grow in it?  We’re still making discoveries ourselves! The Flex Farm is optimized to grow leafy greens such as lettuce, spinach, and arugula.  It also excels at growing herbs like basil, cilantro, and tarragon.   We’ve seen success growing strawberries, peppers, tomatoes, and even pumpkins.  Imagination and experimentation are the key to discovering the Flex Farm’s full potential.

How much energy does it take to run?  Our standard configuration uses a 40W pump which runs continuously and 3 LED lights which draw 80 watts apiece for about 14 hours daily.  That’s it.  At any given time you’re only ever drawing 280W per machine.

How much time does it take up?  In general, you can expect to put in between 60 and 90 minutes per week.

What does it come with?  Everything you need to start growing right away.  Each system includes:

  • Flex Farm Grow Machine
  • Light Tower with 3 LED Lights
  • Consumables Starter Kit (seeds, grow medium, nutrients, pH control)
  • Grower’s Tool Kit (TDS meter, cleaning tools, measuring tools)
  • Submersible Pump and Filter Bag
  • Assembly, Delivery, and Installation
  • Training, Fork Farms Grow Guide, and Customer Support

How much does a Flex Farm cost?  An unlimited use license for a single, non-commercial system is $3,500.  Half size systems are available for $2,800.  Multiple systems qualify for a discounted rate.  The majority of our systems in the field have had a 12-18 month return on investment via food production.  If you are interested in obtaining multiple systems for commercial use, please contact us at [email protected].  We want to help you start a successful business!

How much does it cost to operate?  At the national average of $0.13 per kWh it costs $16.85 per month in electricity. This assumes an average 14 hour light cycle.  Other costs include consumable items such as seeds and grow medium.  Expect to spend around $300 per year in utilities and consumables.

Where can I get more consumables?  Fork Farms offers a Consumable Co-op Program for customers.  As our community has grown we’ve been able to buy these products in bulk in order to pass savings on to you.

I know a great nonprofit organization that would love one of these.  Are there grants available for something like this?  Yes, there are!  We have experience helping organizations connect with funding opportunities.  We offer a Philanthropy Tool Kit for qualifying organizations.  Contact us at [email protected] or give us a call at 920-257-1380.

How can I get one? Contact us at [email protected] or give us a call at 920-257-1380.  We’d love to hear from you!

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