Growing Manual

SPIRULINA MANUAL

 1. REQUIREMENTS 1.1. GROWING PREMISE A small yard, balcony, windowsill or roof will be suitable. Spirulina needs sunlight so any growing premise should be able to provide it. It is also important that the growing premise be able to provide shade, as direct sunlight may harm Spirulina, especially in its early stages. 1.2. GROWING FACILITY Spirulina needs sunlight so it …

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Requirements and Equipment

Growing Premises A small yard, balcony or roof – partially shaded, A window sill will do as well. Growing Facilities Empty, clear, soft drink bottles (at least 1.5 litre, 2 litre is more common in africa) Pool or basin (only if establishing a center – see appendix 1, otherwise bottles are sufficient) Quantity of bottles and measurements of pool depend on …

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Lesson 1

A few words about Spirulina and about the project Spirulina is a micro-algae with extraordinary nutritional value. A very small amount can save a person from malnutrition. Our goal is that Spirulina will reach every hungry person in the world. In order to succeed we will teach you and then you will teach someone else who will also teach someone …

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Lesson 2

Preparing the culture medium Culture medium is repaired in a bottle according to the following recipe:     For 1 liter water add: 16g Sodium Bicarbonate (NaHCO3) 2g Potassium Nitrate (KNO3) 1g Sodium Chloride (NaCl) 0.1g Potassium Dihydrogenate Phosphate (KH2PO4) 0.1g Iron Sulfate (FeSO4) 0.1g Magnesium Sulfate (MgSO4) 2. Mix until all the ingredients are dissolved. 3. Examine ph level. When …

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Lesson 3

Growing Spirulina After adding Spirulina to the culture medium – Spirulina should be provided with the conditions it needs in order to grow:     The bottle containing the Spirulina should be placed in a lit area but not in direct sun light, especially during the first days, when the algae is still young.     Every few hours (2-4) the bottle …

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Lesson 4

Increasing the amount of Spirulina In order to consume Spirulina on a regular basis it needs to grow in quantity. In optimal growing conditions Spirulina multiplies itself every 24-48 hours. Every time Spirulina reaches stability and maturity (ph 10 and a dark liquid) – it is ready for multiplication.     The liquid containing the algae is divided between 2 bottles. …

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Lesson 5

Consuming Spirulina Spirulina can be consumed fresh – it is then at its nutritional best and is almost devoid of taste, or dried – a form that enables longer storage but has a distinct taste. In any case, the first step is separating the algae from the medium culture in which it lives.     A piece of cloth with high …

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Lesson 6

Conserving and maintaining the crop In order to increase the quantity of the Spirulina it is possible (but not necessary) to move the crop from bottles to pools. Any basin can be used for a pool – a bowl, a tub, a water resistant sheet of plastic. If the walls of the basin are transparent (as the bottles are) – …

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Step By Step: Growing And Harvisting The Spirulina

Setting up growing devise in allocated area     Preparing culture medium (see appendi Setting up growing devise in allocated area     Preparing culture medium (see appendix 3)     Examining PH When PH level has reached 8-8.5, it is ready for the Spirulina.     Adding Spirulina         Once the Spirulina is added, it should be stirred every 2 to 4 hours …

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Growing Spirulina in a Pool

    The culture medium in which Spirulina is grown should be approximately 30 cm tall. In less liquid Spirulina cannot reach its required density; in more liquid Spirulina at the bottom of the pool will not be exposed to sunlight and die. If the pool is transparent (glass for instance) it can be any height as sunlight will be …

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