Urban Farm Provides Local Food Year Round

 Angela & Dale Speetjens

Angela & Dale Speetjens

Shipshape Urban Farms is a new agritech company creating a zero-waste, localized food network by building hydroponic farms in upcycled shipping containers. Based in Mobile, Alabama and developed by Gulf Coast natives Dale and Angela Speetjens, Shipshape uses efficient farming practices to revolutionize health, the environment and dinner.

Hydroponic systems grow plants without soil in a controlled environment to eliminate the need for herbicides and pesticides. Requiring 90 percent less water and substantially less energy than traditional farming practices, Shipshape’s environmentally friendly process provides healthy, sustainable food that is harvested at the peak of ripeness.

From seed to harvest, LED lighting and drip irrigation systems are used to provide the optimal growing conditions for the produce. These innovative features, combined with vertical growth, allow Shipshape Urban Farms to produce the equivalent output of a 30-acre farm in less than a ¼ of an acre, for a fraction of the cost. The crops are also certified Homegrown By Heroes (FarmVetCo.org/homegrown-by-heroes).

Shipshape’s lettuce, leafy greens and herbs are available year round via a community supported agriculture program (CSA) which delivers weekly produce baskets to locations in Mobile, Fairhope, Gulf Shores, Foley, Pensacola and Biloxi.

For more information, visit ShipShapeUrbanFarms.com.