Alegría Farm Opens at the Orange County Great Park
Alegría Fresh recently completed 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 on the park’s VALOR Field. The demonstration center, a project jointly developed by Orange County Produce and Alegría Fresh supports more than 30,000 plants utilizing several new hydroponic configurations.
Alegría Farm’s resource-efficient technologies demonstrate how urban farms can supply their communities with superior quality, locally grown, fresh produce while reducing transportation and preserving natural resources.
Hydroponic farming is soilless. Alegría 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 2,500 square feet, and contains 130 hydroponic vertical towers in 10 rows, with each tower growing approximately 40 plants. 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.
The hydroponic vertical system used by Alegría Farm is also perfect for home use where space is tight. 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, the systems produce clean, natural food faster and allow plants to grow bigger and stronger, making the plants more pest resistant.
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 educate youth, veterans, and local residents about how to grow their own food, creating greater access to highly nutritious produce.
Alegría Fresh is developing on-site workshops and entrepreneurship programs to create new jobs in high-performance urban agriculture. Courses will be offered in hydroponic growing, alternative energy, food preparation, composting, using medicinal herbs and many different aspects of holistic health and wellness.
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