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Ecoponex to Develop Urban REEF Facility in Atlanta to Supply Fresh Food to World’s Busiest Airport Hartsfield Jackson International

JULY 2019, The world’s busiest airport is getting a new addition that will become a world-class showcase for regenerative agriculture, renewable food with clean energy production and waste recycling. This first-of-its kind facility will help Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport achieve its goal to become one of the greenest and most sustainable airport in the world. To accomplish this feat, the City Atlanta competitively selected Green Energy & Development Group to undertake this innovative project under a 30-year agreement along with its technology and design team of Clark Engineering, Evergreen Energy, Ecoponex Systems and the Andrew Young Foundation.

 

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The $38-million REEF facility will be built and operated on 12-acres of leased City land adjoining the Airport. The site, called Green Acres Energy and Food Park, has 30 acres of land to build a “closed- loop” Waste to Energy and Recycling Plant (WaTER). The plant will be designed by Clark Engineering using Evergreen Energy’s patented technology. The WaTER Plant will be integrated with an adjacent urban Renewable Energy Efficient Farm (REEFTM) using proprietary technology by Ecoponex. Ecoponex in partnership with Green Energy & Development will own and operate the facility. When fully built it could supply 3.6 million pounds of fresh vegetables and nearly 1.0 million pounds of fish and shrimp to the 100+ restaurants at the airport, as well as the surrounding community. Marketing of the fresh highly nutritious organic food products will be done under “Hartsfied Harvest Farms” as the brand name.

Ecoponex Partners with 2020 Engineering under contract with the Bridge Harrisburg group to a Prepare Feasibility Study and Business/ Financing Plan for Mixed Use AgraFoodTech Eco-Village

Draft August 22, 2019 – Garry Giliam spent his entire youth attending the Milton Hershey School in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. After graduating with no less than 3 degrees from Penn State University on a full-ride scholarship playing Division 1 football, Garry went on to play in the National Football League as a star offensive lineman for the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ners. Given the start in life he had from the Milton Hershey School Garry wanted to give back to the community that took him in, nurtured him and molded him into the great person he is today. His vision was to empower people and help lift them up out of poverty or being held back because of lack of education or discrimination. He wanted to do this by creating entrepreneurial business opportunities and new jobs in Harrisburg through training and micro-investment.

The focus was to be on new information technologies, IoT, personal health and the environment. Being a dedicated “vegan” as a professional athlete he understood the impact of poor eating habits and fast food sugar filled diets high in calories and low in nutrition. He understood not only the damage and medical cost on a persons health, but also the negative footprint that industrial agriculture and fossil food has on communities and planet. Garry believe that this was particularly true with eating red and white meat protein supplied by confined animal feeding operations. He knew the impact of these operations on the use of land, water, energy, carbon and pollution. He also understood that most of our fresh produce comes from hundreds or thousands of miles away, and that much of it spoils or loses its nutrient value while in transit. This understanding helped shape his approach to sustainable development and the new solutions that needed to be implement in our urban communities and inner cities to address these problems.

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As a result Garry, along with his close friend Corey Dupree, formed the Bridge Harrisburg as an overarching organization that would span the gap that exists between: the rich and the poor, the informed and the untaught, the entrepreneur and the everyday citizen. The Bridge will focus on cooperation, collaboration and community in everything it does. From the way we build to the way we:WORK-EAT-LIVE-LEARN-GROW-PLAY.

To implement this vision, Garry and his partner Corey as planning to acquire 12 to 25 acres of available urban land in downtown Harrisburg to develop a sustainable Eco-Village. Several sites have been identified including the 25-acre William Penn High School campus owned by the Harrisburg School District that has been closed since 2008. Through the Bridge, Garry has engaged 2020 Engineering Inc., along with Ecoponex Systems and Aquacare Environment, as subcontractors to undertake the preparation of an Urban Mixed Use Development and Investment Plan. The Plan will focus on alternatives sites where a Model Sustainable Eco-Village could be developed for local fresh food and renewable energy production with co-working, housing and commercial/retail land uses that could be constructed. The development would include co-working space, affordable housing units and commercial-retail uses and Ecoponex’s innovative urban Renewable Energy Efficient Farm (REEFTM) as part of an AgroFoodTech Innovation Center. The REEF facility would be designed as a large-scale vertically integrated aquaponics system for local fresh food production of vegetables, leafy greens, herbs, fish and shrimp.

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Once the Plan is finalized it will foster capital investment with permanent financing needed to implement the development Project. When built, the Project will serve as a precedent-setting model for urban and rural communities around the State of Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world. In addition, the Project will showcase and demonstrate an array of new technologies that locally produce healthy fresh food, clean water, and renewable energy from the conversion of food and green wastes. Furthermore, the Project will create local sustainable economic development with new Jobs and small businesses, while creating training and education opportunities in cooperation with local college and university institutions and public schools.

Algaeponex, a Division of Ecoponex, Secures Contract to Undertake Field Trial of Algae Bio-Stimulants and Micro-Nutrients to Grow CBD Rich Hemp

AUGUST 2019. In collaboration with American Hemp Company and, Algaeponex (a division of Ecoponex Systems, LLC) has a contract to perform a rigorous science-based Feld Trial of applying algae bio-stimulants, microbes and micro-nutrients on 2-acres of a 26-acre hemp farm near Autaugaville, Alabama. The farm is owned and operated by County Road Farms, LLC. The Field Trial has been designed with a 1/4-acre conventional hemp grow to compare side-by-side. The trial will test and document the impact of applying these bio-stimulants and micro-nutrients on the growth, quality and quantity of producing female hemp plants and flowers. The proprietary amendments are expected to accelerate growth rates and yields of the hemp crop, and enrich the soil micro-biome. From this test we expect to Increase the concentration of CBD compounds by 25% to 100%, as was experienced on a field trial of algae at an indoor cannabis growing operation in 2018.

 

Goals of Field Trial

  • To determine the best application rate and combination of bio-stimulants;
  • To Improve the profitability of the hemp crop by reducing input and production costs while increasing market price of CBD products;
  • To develop an enhanced agro-economic production model using bio-stimulants to expand American Hemp Company’s hemp farming operations for 2020; and,
  • To determine the best application rate and combination of bio-stimulants;
  • To give American Hemp Company and its hemp farming partner in Alabama a strong market advantage and make them a best-in-class industry leader

Ecoponex and Aquacare Design and Build First-of-its-Kind Anaerobic Digester on Sumas First Nation Fish Farm in Chiliwack BC Canada

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In 2018 Ecoponex formed a joint venture with Aquacare Environment, Inc. of Bellingham WA to design, build and startup a low-tech and low-cost advanced anaerobic digester system (“AD System”) for Sth’oqi Aquaculture, a 2.5-acre fish farm and greenhouse operation owned by the Sumas First Nation tribe of Canada. The AD System converts manure wastes collected from the fish recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) into methane rich biogas fuel and organic fertilizer. This first of its kind system was built with funds provided by the Canadian government and tribe utilizing biogas digester technology manufactured in Mexico.

Benefits of the Biogas Project

  • Solves environmental problem of managing fish manure solids
  • Reduces odors and methane gas emissions
  • Lowers carbon footprint
  • Generates clean renewable energy to help off-set purchases of natural gas to heat the fish farm
  • Recycles nutrients and wastewater for growing food crops in the greenhouse
  • Lowers utility costs
  • Helps make the fish farm and tribe more self-sufficient and sustainable

Benefits of the Biogas Project