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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.

The state Board of Finance needs to approve the lease of the land to the company, but that step won’t be taken until Ecoponex has raised its own financing, said SFCC President Randy Grissom, adding that the board will not be asked for any state money for the project.

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