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$6.5 million urban ag system to be built at Santa Fe Community College

greThis artist’s rendering shows a planned closed-loop urban agriculture system that is planned to be built by Ecoponex Systems LLC on the campus of Santa Fe Community College.

Micro-algae that also will be grown will be supplied to Pevig, a joint venture company in Mexico, to produce omega-3 as a nutritional supplement for humans.

By Jackie Jadrnak
Albuquerque Journal
April 20th, 2016


A private New Mexico company is partnering with Santa Fe Community College to build its first urban agriculture system that will yield enough food to provide vegetables and fish for more than 16,000 people.

The $6.5 million project, which will be owned and operated by Ecoponex Systems of New Mexico LLC, is expected to create 14 direct jobs and 34 construction jobs, while SFCC will host it in connection with its Biofuels Lab in the Trades and Advanced Technology Center. CEO Benjamin Brant said the community college’s national reputation for its education efforts in green technologies that are used in the system was part of the deciding factor in locating the project here.

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Korea helps urban dwellers start small rural farms

President Park Geun-hye listens to a developer of a mobile farming game during the 2015 A Farm Show in Seoul. (Yonhap file photo)

A unique exposition designed to help urban dwellers relocate to rural areas to start small farms will kick off in Seoul next week under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs and Yonhap News Agency, South Korea’s key news service, organizers said Thursday.

By Kang Yoon-seung
Yon hap News
Apr 21, 2016

The organizers say the expo will be helpful to urban residents who are dreaming of leading a slow and peaceful life instead of being chased by hectic urban routines.

In 2014, the number of South Korean households escaping urban areas to start an agricultural career came to 44,586, up 37.5 percent from a year earlier. Although the official data is not yet available, experts said the figure is estimated to have hovered above 50,000 in 2015, which is more than a 10-fold growth from 4,067 posted in 2010.

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