How algae microfarms can help transform our food culture by growing abundant healthy food in a very small area and extend the growing season, affordably. Home, Community and Small Algae Microfarms Most common question over the past 35 years: “Can we grow algae at home or in our communities?. Will algae microfarms grow new superfoods for urban and rooftop The first Pacific Northwest spirulina microfarm near Olympia Washington.

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Algae Powered Mushroom Farm 10design. With high protein algae like spirulinathis productivity breakthrough can yield over 20 times more protein than soybeans on the same area, 40 times corn and times beef. Oilgae Reports Read More. Algae-based Wastewater Treatment Compiled by a diverse team of experts, with experience in scientific and industrial fields, the Comprehensive Report for Wastewater Treatment Using Algae is the first report that provides in-depth analysis and insights on this important field.

Haematococcus is grown in both outdoor ponds and closed systems for astaxanthin, a carotenoid pigment, extracted as a fish feed supplement to color salmon flesh and as a human anti-oxidant food supplement. Existing global market developed by large commercial farms.

A great way to consume fresh spirulina paste is in recipes for dips and spreads, popular in France. With high protein algae like spirulina, this productivity breakthrough can yield over 20 times more protein than soybeans on the same area, 40 times corn and micrrofarms beef. If commercial algae production works, and the product finds a market, at some point, revenues will exceed break-even and variable costs, and over time, repay the original investment. Microscopic portraits of eight commercial microalgae.

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Although small-scale production may cost more than large producers who enjoy economies of altae, when microfarmers sell their product direct to the customer they capture the entire retail value chain. For large ventures, with high investment and operating costs, the question is- what size will it really take to make a profit?

Outdoor farms in Taiwan, Southern Japan and Indonesia produce much of the world supply. Amy Thompson writes in Space. Part 3 Since the s, French charitable and non-governmental organizations have been building and operating small spirulina algae systems in Africa and Asia using appropriate technology and developing simple and effective growing and processing systems….

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Spirulina has been most commonly adopted and there are now farms all over the world, perhaps in as many as 40 countries.

Bythe microfarm movement had spread to Spain. Archives — Refresh Page for More Choices. Ecological communities can combine algae and aquaponics with organic gardens. Algae scientists balance system ecology to keep out weed algae and zooplankton algae eaters without using pesticides or herbicides.

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Large scale business models require algae experts and PhDs on location, with expensive staffing and sophisticated infrastructure. As a supplement, spirulina offers remarkable benefits for undernourished people, especially children, with a long historical record…. Small producers can sell fresh harvest algae locally. But others see networks of smaller farms. It is not cultivated in an open pond, but in a controlled greenhouse environment in Germany by a team of specially trained biologists.

Chlorella is also grown commercially in closed indoor production systems. Automated smart technology combined with modular growing systems may soon make it feasible to successfully deploy algae microfarms and photobioreactors anywhere mlcrofarms the world without onsite expert personnel.

Local food production avoids costs of transportation fuels and multi-level distribution along the value chain in the current food system.

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory and partner institutions have provided the first published report of algae using raw plants as a carbon energy source. Spirulina has been adopted by village farms in the developing world. More recently, well-funded ventures are attempting to develop commercial biofuels. The farm will grow mushrooms because of easy cultivation and high yield. Algae are being grown in outdoor ponds, greenhouses, photo bioreactors, microfsrms and hybrid systems combining bioreactors and ponds.

Flexible microcrop platforms will produce food and valuable co-products locally by mimicking nature as they grow algae and other microorganisms integrating light and intelligent technology.

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The good news is that small scale algae farming has been tested for 30 years…. It includes a rooftop garden, algae bioreactors, farmers market, community gardens, orchards and greenhouses. Why Microfarms Are Emerging Evolution of the algae industry Over the past 40 years, worldwide algae companies have produced high value food and feed products, supplements and nutraceuticals.


Algae microfarming is a perfect fit for the growing Do-It-Yourself movement and the trend growing food and herbs indoors, in greenhouses, on rooftops and in empty lots in urban, backyard and community gardens.

Thousands of algae species cover the earth There may be more thanspecies of algae, living everywhere. San Francisco Bay Area Microfarm. Today, algae biofuel ventures are looking to scale up algse to hectares and even larger to achieve the economies of scale to be worthwhile. Crunden writes in thinkprogress. These complex algae systems requiring automated technology combined with modular growing systems may make it feasible to deploy microfarms and photobioreactors anywhere in the world microfarmms onsite expert algae technicians.

More interest in smaller, scalable business microofarms is emerging. In Africa, village projects were miceofarms by humanitarian groups from Europe, Dr.

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Growing mocrofarms in cities and urban areas may become critical as fuel costs rise, making transported food increasingly expensive. Biomass can double every 2 to 5 days.

A detailed report on all aspects of the algae fuel value chain, the Comprehensive Oilgae Report will be of immense help to those who are on the threshold of investing in algae biofuels. Bymicrofarmers were operating from the Mediterranean in the south to Normandy in the north, from the Pyrenees to the Alps.

Alexander Richter reports for Microfafms Energy Microffarms that, among the many examples offered during a recent conference in Pisa, Italy, on Perspectives and Impact of the Gr Nannochloropsis is being commercialized for biofuel and nutritional omega-3 oil. Dartmouth scientists have created a more sustainable feed for aquaculture by using a marine microalga co-product as a feed ingredient.