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.

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Spirulina microfarm greenhouse, June 2013

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Microfarm greenhouse in the vegetable and flower gardens, June 2013

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Another view of the spirulina microfarm greenhouse, June 2013

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Two 55 foot long spirulina ponds with hoop covers inside the greenhouse, June 2013

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Another view of spirulina pond with hoop covers inside the greenhouse, June 2013

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Spirulina intern, Haaken Kenney, June 2013

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Typical summer morning fog over the greenhouse, June 2013

Laptop screen showing live video webcam from inside the greenhouse, July 2013

Laptop screen of live video webcam of spirulina ponds, July 2013

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Visitors at the official opening event, July 2013

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Harvesting spirulina on a micro screen over the ponds, July 2013

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Fresh spirulina harvest paste collected on the micro screen, July 2013

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Collecting the fresh harvest paste in a bowl, July 2013

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After pressing out more water, harvest cuts like thick cheese, July 2013

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Blending fresh spirulina harvest with fruit for a green smoothie, July 2013

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Fresh spirulina noodles are extruded for the dehydrator trays, July 2013

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Pond covers inside the greenhouse hold in warmth, October 2013

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Testing various led light protocols, November 2013

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Final spirulina pond harvest for the season, December 2013

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Reserve culture in the seedroom over the winter months, December 2013

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Typical thick morning frost over the greenhouse, December 2013

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