Apr 30, 2020
Alegría, Impact Bioenergy collaborate on organic urban farm system
The Alegría Farmacy is an integrated zero-waste regenerative organic carbon-neutral urban micro-farm system that provides a front-line defense against food supply disruptions, such as those currently being experienced during the coronavirus pandemic.
Alegría’s farms are meant to repurpose unused spaces and can be deployed over man-made surfaces close to where people live and work – the company calls it “tractorless” urban farming.
Marketed as mobile, scalable and cost-effective, the Farmacy integrates existing carbon management and off-grid energy production technologies to deliver superior quality greens, vegetables and herbs within the urban envelope where people live and work, according to a press release from the company.
A variety of equipment from the two companies are involved in the system. Laguna Beach, California-based Alegría Fresh designs and builds zero-waste, solar-powered regenerative organic microfarms employing high-yield soil-based growing systems featuring the SoxxBoxx system deployed within Alegría Farmacy. Auburn, Washington-based Impact Bioenergy manufactures portable zero waste bioenergy systems that convert organic waste materials into energy and biofertilizer.
“Together we form a game-changing distributed community-scale energy system,” Allen said in the press release. “We merge our anaerobic digester platform into Alegría’s high-performance cultivation (regenerative food/energy/water) by converting food waste into onsite renewable energy and probiotic, toxin-free organic soil amendments.”
Cutter said Farmacy “represents a dramatic shift in conventional agriculture by decentralizing food production to deliver healing food within the densely-populated urban environment while mitigating climate change and creating green jobs at the same time.”