Couple turns shipping containers into organic farms in St. Petersburg

Posted at 7:33 PM, Feb 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-21 19:33:56-05

You wouldn't expect a farm to be planted in the industrial area of St. Petersburg but that's what's growing near downtown. 

Brick Street Farms is an indoor hydroponic farm that grows leafy greens and herbs year round in the Sunshine State. 

Shannon O'Malley and her husband were able to convert three shipping containers into environmental friendly vertical gardens that grow one to two acres of fresh produce at an old junkyard. 

Each shipping container is equipped with climate control systems to alter the temperature, sunlight and and water filtration. 

O'Malley said they are working to provide fresh, locally grown, organic leafy greens and herbs to various restaurants and hotels around St. Petersburg. 

As word of mouth is growing though they opened up a retail online shop to order organic produce. 

The small business allows people to pick up their orders on Tuesday & Thursdays and Saturday. 

The farming business model is a commercial business, and they don't plan to have a community garden or options for people to pick their own produce. 

But, they do allow for people to get an understanding of what they have to offer through their farm-to-table experiences by hosting dinner nights with executive chefs from various restaurants. 



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