Box Greens in the News


Box Greens: Hydroponic Farming with

Lisa and Cheryl

Growing fresh greens in a shipping container not only repurposes the container but provides a perfect growing environment for the over seven varieties of lettuce Box Greens currently grows.

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Indoor Farming: Solving Global Food Security Challenges

Bold Business interviewed Lisa Merkle, the Co-Founder of Box Greens, at the Synapse Summit regarding the future of indoor farming.

Read the Full Bold Business Article

Thinking Outside and Inside the Box: Growing Greens in Miami

Increasing awareness about our food system and encouraging consumers to make food choices with positive impacts far beyond the table.

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Box Greens Hydroponic Farms in Shipping Containers - Foodable Network

Merkle explores the science behind hydroponic farming and current adoption of agriculture technology.

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Box Greens, Sustainability, and the Future of Hydroponic Farming

Host Paul Barron sits down with Lisa Merkle, the co-founder and executive director of Box Greens.

Apple Podcast - The Barron Report

Box Greens Hydroponics Brings Farm-in-a-Box Concept to Miami

Imagine growing 500 heads of lettuce every week in a space smaller than your backyard. That's what Box Greens is doing with hydroponics.

Read the Full Miami New Times Article

Meet the Founding Farmers


Cheryl Arnold


Originally a teacher in Carol City, Cheryl ultimately landed in business development. After successfully launching a tech company, she followed her passion for produce, and in 2010 started a produce distribution company ( that was sold in 2015. Cheryl has also represented Miami's wellness community at several round-tables and discussion panels. She has appeared on Money Matters, in The Miami Herald, and in Ocean Drive Magazine.

As an Endlessly Organic principal, Cheryl's responsibilities included:

  • 6 full-time employees

  • Over 200 locations

  • 3 last-mile trucks

  • 2 feeder trucks

  • Offsite packing 

  • Local cross-dock

  • Community outreach, including Consortium for a Healthier Miami Dade, Baptist Wellness, MDPS Wellness

  • Co-Founded Women and Wellness

  • Successful internship program, including marketing and food education

Cheryl is looking forward to combining her talents in Tech, Farming, & Community Wellness.

Photo taken during a site visit at Freight Farms in Boston, MA

Lisa Merkle


The genesis of Box Greens marks a homecoming for Lisa. She returns to Miami after 17 years in New York City where she launched an event production and lifestyle design studio. After becoming certified as a yoga teacher and a Holistic health Coach she carved out a reputation as an expert in lifestyle deign to serve clients associating with health and wellness trends. In addition to full scale event production, Lisa regularly provided services that included curriculum development, program curation, press events, product launches and panel discussions. Prior to launching her own business, she spent a decade as Studio Manager at the production studio of photographer Bruce Weber. 

As an Event Producer Lisa is skilled in project management, budget development & management and creative problem solving - ultimately manifesting vision into reality. While working on retainer with Agency clients, Lisa cultivated a passion for marketing, brand development and public relations. Certified as a Holistic Health Coach, she is experienced in leading health supportive cooking classes and facilitating group sessions on developing habits of healthy lifestyle. 

Box Greens is the culmination of experience, passion and the opportunity to make a positive contribution to the community.

Dale LoSasso

Chef/Restaurant Advisor

As a Restaurant/Hotel Consultant Dale has worked with some of our favorites; Casa Tua Cucina, Diplomat Prime, Point Royal, and Plant Food & Wine, Dale has collaborated with not only the very best chefs in South Florida, but some of the best chefs worldwide including such luminaries as Alfred Portale, Allen Susser, Geoffrey Zakarian and Andy D’Amico. Dale’s openings and relaunches include Monkitail, Diplomat Prime, Tempt in The Saint Hotel, Eleven Miami and Oolite. She is a former GM/Wine Director for some of the restaurants that have shaped the food landscape of Miami; among them, Solea at the W, Gotham Steak, North One 10 and Carmen the Restaurant. Dale and Lisa Merkle, Co-Founder of Box Greens first collaborated when they produced an Art Basel event during her tenure as Director of Food & Beverage for The Standard Spa. Her breadth of experience, notable relationships, and intimate knowledge of the restaurant industry make her a tremendous asset to our team. Dale has been featured for her wine programs in publications including The Wine Spectator, USA Today, John Mariani’s Virtual Gourmet, Cheers Magazine and Bloomberg Report among others.

Dale is working hard to match Box Greens with like-minded Chefs and Restaurant Partners that will ensure the ultimate recipe for success. We are all looking forward to a delicious future together.

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