Growing crops indoors is the focus of an innovative collaboration between electric power supplier Tri-State Generation and Transmission, the national Electric Power Research Institute and Moffat County School District in Craig. The program offers students and faculty an opportunity to grow various crops indoors and year-round with EPRI’s “Farm in a Box.”
This cutting-edge indoor agriculture facility will be installed by Tri-State at Moffat County High School in northwestern Colorado. The facility is housed in a 40-foot long shipping container and is temperature-controlled, has efficient lighting and plumbing infrastructure to support the production of crops.
The Farm in a Box will offer educational opportunities for Moffat County High School students and research data for EPRI. EPRI staff will monitor the container for the first two years to evaluate different metrics, such as nutrient quality of the produce, community impacts, sustainability performance and electricity load profiles.