Olympia Microfarm ’14

Smart Microfarm near Olympia Washington
In the second year of operation, more web-based smart monitoring functions were automated and installed, allowing guidance of farm operations from remote locations on a laptop or mobile phone. Late spring weather was typically cool and partly cloudy, but by mid-July and August with high summer sun and heat, spirulina growing ponds achieved sustained high daily productivity (15g/m2/day on a dry weight basis).

01GreenhouseJune

Greenhouse received a new skin this season, May 2014.

02PondsJune

Second covers over the ponds fold down at night to keep warmth, June 2014.

03DropcamJun

Web camera view of ponds with second covers, June 2014.

04AlgaeCentralJun

Remote monitoring of webcam and pond data from a laptop anywhere, June 2014.

05DropcamAug

Web camera view of ponds without second covers, August 2014.

06GreenhouseBAug

Greenhouse with growing ponds, August 2014.

07GreenhouseFAug

Greenhouse with growing ponds, August 2014.

08TwoPondsAugust

Two ponds in the late afternoon sun, August 2014.

09PondWater

Close up of spirulina culture in pond, August 2014.

10OnePondClose

Close up of spirulina growing pond, August 2014.

11PondHarvest

Pond harvest with microscreen, August 2014.

12FreshHarvest

Spirulina harvest after pressing is thick like a wheel of brie cheese, August 2014.

13TwoPondsSunset

Spirulina ponds in the late afternoon, August 2014.

14RobertPonds

Robert Henrikson walking between ponds late afternoon, August 2014.

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