Smart Algae Microfarms.
Smart algae microfarms may be the future of greenhouses, hydroponics and urban farming. Now in a small area, fast-growing microalgae, like the superfood spirulina, produce higher income for growers than conventional food, herbs and vegetables. 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. 1:00 minute video of Smart Algae Microfarms – the future of small scale farming (2014).
Spirulina Viva Mexico.
Spirulina Viva in San Miguel de Allende is the first family owned and operated algae microfarm in Mexico. Here, on their homestead, Katie and Paco with their two boys, grow and sell fresh and dried spirulina products and healthy spirulina food snacks direct to the local community in San Miguel, through retail health shops and by express mail all across Mexico. Spirulina is native to Mexico and was one of the original foods of the Aztecs. 1:56 minute video of Spirulina Viva Mexico. (2015).
Spirulina in Myanmar.
Visit one of the world’s largest producers of spirulina algae from both artificial production ponds and natural lakes. Spirulina production in Myanmar was started 25 years ago by Dr. Min Thein. June Pharmaceuticals produces about 200 tons of spirulina per year. The company has developed the most impressive range of products with spirulina, including supplements, functional foods and beverages, cosmetics and personal care products, biofertilizer and even spirulina beer. 3:59 minute video Spirulina in Myanmar (2014).
Spirulina Algae Microfarm near Olympia Washington.
The first Pacific Northwest spirulina microfarm is located near Olympia Washington. This smart microfarm testbed will develop practical and scalable systems for growing food and high value products for home, school, community and urban gardens, and for rooftop and vertical farms, and show how algae microfarms generate income from a small area. 2:00 minute video of Spirulina Algae Microfarm near Olympia Washington (2013).