First Northern California Spirulina Farm
Smart Microfarms has operated a research station in Richmond CA since 2012, and a spirulina microfarm testbed near Olympia WA since 2013. Our first SF Bay Area farm in Half Moon Bay opened in April 2016. Products have been sold direct-to-consumer in Washington State, San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Cruz and Los Angeles.
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 vegetables and herbs. Successful small-scale algae cultivation is now practical.
With web-based remote sensors and controls developed by Smart Microfarms, experts can guide local operators, without the cost of onsite algae scientists. Combined with scalable, modular growing systems, smart algae microfarms can be installed anywhere. Now growers and investors can transform our food culture, sustainably and profitably.
Smart Algae Microfarms
Robert Henrikson presents the spirulina microfarm testbed near Olympia Washington and discusses opportunities for growing spirulina in temperate northern climates.
Microfarm testbed near Olympia WA 2013-15. Smart Microfarms tested year round spirulina production in a northern climate using greenhouse with additional lighting ang heating during the colder winters. Sold spirulina products in the local Olympia and Seattle area.
We produce an all-natural product in a controlled environment greenhouse, using no pesticides, no herbicides, no fungicides, no toxins of any kind. Our water source is Half Moon Bay city water, carbon filtered on site. We are growing a hydroponic crop, using water, not soil, so there is no impact on soil. Organic crop management and certification does not apply.