Olympia Microfarm ’13
Smart Microfarm near Olympia Washington
As one of the northern most spirulina farms in operation today, this facility demonstrates the capability of algae microfarms in cooler climates and tests practical and affordable microfarms and photobioreactors for growing algae for local food and high value products in urban, community, rooftop, mobile and vertical gardens. Two ponds have insulating foam panels below and retractable cover above, all within a larger vegetable greenhouse to help keep algae culture water warm, increase productivity and extend the growing season beyond the summer months. This smart microfarm is monitored remotely by webcam and the daily data sent from the local operator.