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Microfarm Living Systems

 

Paul  Giacomantonio worked in Gabon, Equatorial Africa, building schools, community water/sanitation systems, and gardens. I lived in the rainforest and worked with several tribal communities,  the Mbaka Pygmies, Fang, Bakwale, and Banjabi communities. Working with hunter gatherer communities was very influential in may work since that time. I have also worked for about 5 years in rural mexico with the Hesperian foundation ( they wrote a book called ‘Where there is no doctor”, I worked in Sarawak , Northern Borneo with the “Penan”, community on human rights issues.  I was in Zimbabwe with a Stanford medical project( ZAAP) working on AIDS projects. Also worked in Canada, and Hawaii on construction projects, as well as film, music and broadcast projects. This is just a few of my background experiences.
‘Inka Biospheric Systems’, i was proposing the question, “Can human beings live in balance with the Earths biological systems?” and if we could do it, what would that look like.  I wanted to ‘Create an example of living in balance with the Biosphere.’  Also I noticed that there are nearly 2 billion + people living in nutritional poverty and hydraulic poverty. Housing is also a concern for the same population. Also ,  there are currently nearly 50 million  IDP’s/ refugees, with the UNHCR expecting 200 million soon do to environmental problems, ‘Environmental Refugees’. So I set out with a business partner, Kat Taylor, to address the issues of Water, Food and Housing.  Trying to help the ‘Bottom Billions” first. if we could help the people that have been forgotten about, we could help create a truly healthy economy.
Paul first project was a small, standalone , closed Loop system,called the ‘Sun Curve’. Originally invented for use in remote clinics, schools, refugee camps, etc.. In the process of developing the Sun Curve I wrote 4 patents that were generated from  the invention process.  The Sun Curve is an invention generator. It has spun off more them 7 new inventions/products so far.
Grow plants vertically with very little water, and no soil, no arable land. The market potential seems to be great. I have continued to work on the these systems, and the R&D. The grow medium originally called the ‘Bioquilt’ works fine. Depending on pumps to circulate the water through the medium.’/ filters. My current effort has been developing a vertical grow media that does not need electricity to function.  Basically the garden can be watered by hand or other drip irrigation systems.
My new company, ‘Microfarm Living Systems’ is a continuation of the same research and development i started with Inka. I am taking this technology to the ‘Homeowner/business community” as well as schools an Universities. There is quite a bit to explain on that subject.  Paul is now working on a small farming system that can be mounted on a steel frame, ( working name is ‘Frame Farming’) . Not to dissimilar from the Sun Curve’, but with chickens, bees, worms, fish, plants,  compost, solar/wind and grey water recycling.  I would say, it is like a form of ‘Biological Art’, a Bio Sculpture. The aesthetics are very important at this stage of the development. If it does not look cool, people will not bother to look at the system.
I have had exhibits at 3 museums , so far. I have not actively pursed this venue further. I am waiting to have a marketable product in hand before i start the media and museum projects again. Marketing seems to be easy  due to the timely nature of these devises. Paul workingat home/farm. We have 40 acres of land in the San Francisco area. We have a very remote/private location where we can work on experimental architectural ideas and systems.
The ideas and vision at the Biospheric Foundation & Epoch Six Research Lab , “Miniaturization and densification” is exactly the process that Microfarm Living System is working on. Growing food, recycling water, building a new home that works with the biosphere, and clean energy generation is our main focus. We are building our first structures and a home here this summer. I am basically being forced to walk my own talk. We are working with the natural materials found on the mountain and other things that we have salvaged from the modern world. I may have to buy cement. The home will be completely covered with plants, it will look like a large ‘Shrubbery “.  Microfarm Living System are still be architectural significant. Currently, i am developing a few vertical gardens for 2 restaurants ,for their dinning rooms. As soon as I finish the next iteration of R&D, I will be ready to go to manufacturing of the ‘Bioquilt’  or ‘Earth Robe’, which is basically an artificial soil that is produced in rolls.