Alegría Farm Opens at the Orange County Great Park
Taking Urban Farming to a Whole New Level
Alegría Fresh recently completed the newest Alegría Farm, California’s first urban hydroponic vertical farm, producing greens, vegetables and medicinal herbs.
Located at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, CA, Alegría Farm is part of a ½ acre solar-powered demonstration center, a project jointly developed by Alegría Fresh and Orange County Produce, LLC. The farm supports more than 60 cultivators growing over 40,000 plants utilizing hydroponic and organic fertilization configurations.
Alegría Farm’s resource-efficient technologies demonstrate how urban microfarms can supply their communities with superior quality, locally grown, fresh produce while reducing transportation and preserving natural resources.
Hydroponic farming is soil less. Alegría’s hydroponic vertical farm uses coconut fiber (coir) instead of soil, which prevents contamination by soil-borne diseases and food-borne pathogens such as E. Coli, Listeria and Salmonella.
Alegría’s hydroponic vertical farm encompasses 3,000 square feet, and contains 130 hydroponic vertical towers in 10 rows, with each tower growing approximately 40 plants in a footprint of 2 sq. ft. Less than ¾ gallon per day is used in watering each tower and no water is wasted. The entire vertical growing system is solar powered.
Alegría’s hydroponic vertical farm system is perfect for home use where space is limited. It uses no soil, 90 percent less water, 70 percent less land and 50 percent less fertilizer than traditional farming. Applicable to commercial or home use, Alegría systems produce clean, natural food faster and allow plants to grow bigger and stronger, making the plants more pest resistant.
Alegria’s new Soxx farm demonstrates organic food production using GardenSoxx, an innovative organic food production system that can be used over cement or other man-made surfaces. The demonstration farm, a joint venture between Alegría Fresh, Orange County Produce, LLC and Filtrexx Corporation, consists of 13 rows of 5 Soxx each, for a total of 7,200 linear feet of growing space within an 8,500 sq. ft. area (approx. 1/5 acre). Production yields are expected to be nearly double that of conventional farming. Water usage is estimated to be 70% less and other cost savings such as being weed-free are expected to increase the ROI of this micro farm. Thirteen different specialty crops including several cultivators of beets, onions, red and green romaine, radicchio, red and green cabbage and kale are being grown to demonstrate the versatility of the system and prove that urban microfarms can be profitable with no subsidies required. Alegría Farms can be employed in densely populated urban environments to create access to superior, locally grown food.
Alegría Fresh is developing on-site workshops and entrepreneurship programs to teach urban farmers and create new jobs in high-performance urban agriculture. Courses will be offered in hydroponic and organic food production, alternative energy, food preparation, composting and vermiculture, plant nutrition optimization, production and use of medicinal herbs and integrating different aspects of holistic health and wellness into your lifestyle. An interactive urban farm training center designed to give veterans and youth hands-on training is under construction and is planned to be completed March 31, 2014.
All Alegría Fresh seedlings originate from certified organic, non-GMO seeds. This year, Alegría Fresh heirloomed more than 300,000 seeds from its crops. These seeds are used to produce subsequent crops.
Our mission is to employ existing technologies and develop greater resource efficiencies to educate youth and veterans how to grow their own food, create greater access to highly nutritious produce and develop jobs in urban agriculture.
For more info on Alegría's vertical garden systems, click here to Reserve a Farm Tour. For additional info, you can email Erik Cutter at email@example.com.
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