Tripp Williamson, Cropbox
Indoor Ag-Con speaker Tripp Williamson is the previous Operations Manager of Williamson Greenhouses and founder of Cropbox in Clinton, NC. Williamson grew up on a farm helping his family grow cantaloupes and other produce. He graduated from NC State in 2006 with a B.S. degree in Agriculture Business. He expanded his skills into medical sales and worked in the industry until 2011 when he returned home to work with the family company.
Williamson’s father, Burl Williamson, revolutionized the tobacco industry by introducing new greenhouse designs, cutting edge hydroponic techniques and specially engineered mowers to farmers. Today, their innovations have spread across the world and are the international standard for cultivating tobacco. Williamson Greenhouses continues this tradition today by introducing the CropBox. With the success of Cropbox and the future of vertical farming, Williamson has moved Cropbox out of Williamson Greenhouses and started Vertical Crop Consultants. They offer a full range of services for the vertical farming industry.
The Cropbox is a completely environmentally controlled agricultural system that utilizes a shipping container, hydroponics, and smart technologies. By growing the equivalent of an acre of field grown crops or 2,200 square feet of greenhouse space within a 320 sq ft footprint, the Cropbox is among the world’s highest yielding agricultural systems. Williamson believes the potential market for the Cropbox is vast because the world’s food needs are growing while the land available for farming is shrinking. With over 50 units produced and deployed all over the world they have become a stable player in the vertical indoor farming industry.