Freight Farms – manufacturer of smart hydroponic container farms and developer of the farmhand automation and remote control suite – has acquired Boston-based Cabbige, an online business management application for small-scale farmers. Cabbige’s inventory, crop, and financial management software will be integrated into its Farmhand system.
Freight Farms is as much a software developer as a hardware manufacturer. Today, Farmhand supports farms in over 35 states and 10 countries. Growers using Farmhand can already monitor their operations, control environment settings, track production, and replenish supplies using the mobile or web app.
With upcoming Cabbige software integration, Farmhand users will have greater business management capabilities and the the tools to run both their farm and business from a single application.
Freight Farms and Cabbige both have roots in the Boston AgTech scene. CEOs Brad McNamara (Freight Farms) and Jessica Angell (Cabbige) have always shared the goal of creating a more distributed, sustainable food system.
“Brad and I came to realize that our two technologies would do more for small business farmers together than independently. Cabbige has been acquired by Freight Farms to expand its impact to indoor growers and to give small-scale farmers an end-to-end solution for growing and selling fresh, local produce,” says Jessica Angell, CEO of Cabbige.
“Cabbige’s pricing algorithms and farm management software are powerful tools for any grower seeking to optimize their business. We saw a clear opportunity to bring that power onto the Farmhand platform to make managing farm operations, production, inventory, and pricing data easier. Our users will now get full seed-to-sale visibility and value optimization,” says Brad McNamara, CEO of Freight Farms.
With the integration of Cabbige’s business technology, Freight Farms plans to release a paid version of Farmhand to a broader farming audience in 2018.