This mixed method study examines the influential factors, benefits, challenges, and user experience of campus-based hydroponic shipping container farms (HSCFs). Because HSCFs are a novel education and food production method in schools, the study population was limited; while six schools participated in this study, out of 12 identified as using HSCFs on their campuses, results showed that satisfaction rate was high, and HSCFs on campuses met educators’ expectations or exceeded them. Schools were unanimous in reporting that they were either very satisfied (50%) or satisfied (50%) with their HSCF. HSCFs surpassed initial expectations of educators by enabling local and sustainable food production, showing school commitment to student led initiatives, and facilitating experiential learning opportunities and curriculum expansion. Additional benefits of HSCFs on campuses included recognition of schools as technologically advanced and innovative, and additional school funding related to the science, technology, engineering, art, and technology (STEAM) activities associated with their HSCFs. Acquiring the necessary funds to purchase and implement a HSCF was identified as the biggest challenge by schools, and availability of supplies was identified as the least challenging.