Smart Microfarms has opened its first spirulina algae farm in Northern California since 2016 with year round greenhouse production. A scalable, modular, replicable growing system with web based remote monitoring that can be installed anywhere.
Robert Henrikson, CEO of Smart Microfarms, tells us: "Here we grow spirulina, a blue-green algae, year round, in a controlled environment greenhouse.
"All naturally grown. No pesticides, no herbicides, no fungicides, non-GMO. 100% vegetarian.
"In a small area, fast-growing microalgae, like the superfood spirulina, can produce higher income than growing conventional food, herbs or vegetables.
"Spirulina is harvested several times a week. The fresh harvest collects on a microscreen like a creamy yogurt. It can be frozen or dehydrated.
"We package and distribute SpiruSource fresh harvest, fresh frozen, and low temperature dried crunchies and powder.
"These healthy superfoods are sold in select local natural food stores. Also in farmers markets, direct-to-consumer, juice bars and online.
"Successful small-scale algae cultivation is now practical. With web-based remote sensors and controls developed by Smart Microfarms, remote experts can guide local operators, without the cost of onsite algae scientists.
"This breakthrough, combined with scalable, modular growing systems, means algae microfarms - like this - can be installed anywhere in the world.
"Smart algae microfarms are a new opportunity for small scale and urban farming in greenhouses with hydroponic and aquaponic growing systems."
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