Artisan Spirulina Immersion Workshop

When: July 30 – August 2, 2018
Where: Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508
Instructors: Nicholas Petrović , Apogee Spirulina,  Luke Spangenburg, Director, SFCC Biofuels Center of Excellence


$1100 Includes Training, Materials and 3 Breakfast and 4 Lunches.
50% deposit via credit card. Balance due beginning of day 1 (cash or credit card only). Early Bird Special $1000 by June 12, 2018.
 Last day to cancel for a refund will be July 9, 2018. (Subject to Cancelation if minimal enrollment is not met. Min 10 Max 16)

This comprehensive four day course is a first of its kind Artisan Spirulina course. In this workshop students will get three days of hands on Artisan Spirulina farming, learning the French
cultivation method.

The Spirulina portion of the course will be taught by Nicholas Petrovic, proprietor of Apogee Spirulina.
Algae industry, cultivation, technology and integration of environmental solutions will be taught by Luke Spangenburg, Director, SFCC Biofuels Center of Excellence.

Nic Petrovic is the proprietor and lead cultivator of Apogee Spirulina Microfarm located on the SFCC campus. He is the 2017 Winner Algae Industry Magazine 2017 Readers Poll, Algae Microfarm – Small Cultivation Facility. Apogee’s spirulina is sold at local farmers markets and online. Nic has trained in the French artisanal methods of spirulina farming and is applying his knowledge and expertise to the high desert climate of Santa Fe.

Luke Spangenburg is a nationally recognized leader in the Algae and Biofuels industry and for his collaborations with educational development programs. He has directed the Biofuels Center of Excellence since 2012. He is also the president of New Solutions Energy, a company dedicated to integrated bioenergy solutions and holds two patents for algal cultivation methods and systems. Luke’s knowledge of sustainable technologies, combined with his passion for the natural world, motivates all of his work.

While in Santa Fe, students will also be exposed to the multi award winning Trades and Advanced Technologies Center (TATC) departments of Controlled Environment Agriculture: Algae Cultivation and  Aquaculture Hydroponics; Biofuels Production; Solar Technologies; Water Treatment and Reuse. The TATC is an Algae Industry Magazine 2017 Readers Poll, Winner for Algae Cultivation Center.

A complete tour of the TATC will be provided during the course.

It’s a great time to visit Santa Fe! The weather is fantastic this time of year and many popular activities happen almost every weekend of the summer. Extend your stay and explore some of what Santa Fe has to offer.

Students will leave with a certificate of completion, an expansive flash drive with pertinent references, a list of preferred venders and a complete starter kit for your own spirulina production once you return home. Each day will consist of ½ day field work and ½ day lecture. As this is a working spirulina farm activities begin at 6:30am sharp Tuesday-Thursday.

Optional social activities will be planned throughout the week.

Nicholas lab
Nicholas Petrović, Apogee Spirulina.
Luke Spangenburg, Director, SFCC Biofuels Center of Excellence.

Early Bird deposit $500 by June 12, 2018.

Tentative Agenda

Day 1

  • Noon Meet in room 819
  • Introductions
  • Lunch
  • Lab Safety, Microscope Training and Spirulina Observation
  • TATC Facility Tour
  • Apogee Tour and Story
  • Day 2 Info

Day 2

  • 6:30am Coffee and Light Breakfast
  • Apogee Hands-on
  • 11am-Noon lunch followed by:
  • Spirulina Observation
  • History of Spirulina and its use in the Fight Against Malnutrition
  • Spirulina-Chemistry and Nutritional Analysis
  • Spirulina the Big Picture Industry, Products, New Developments
  • Day 3 Info

Day 3

  • 6:30am Coffee and Light Breakfast
  • Apogee Hands-on
  • 11am-Noon lunch followed by:
  • Spirulina Observation
  • Spirulina Health and Disease
  • Spirulina Water Quality/Nutrient Management
  • Future of Food
  • Day 4 Info

Day 4

  • 6:30am Coffee and Light Breakfast
  • Apogee Hands-on
  • 11am-Noon lunch followed by:
  • Regulations
  • Questions
  • Starter Kits
  • Flash Drives, Photos, Certificates of Completion