Window Farms Project: Urban Farming

As city dwellers we’ve decided to sacrifice a lot in order to thrive in the fast paced, concrete jungle.

We’ve given up the sighting of actual stars, breathing fresh air and, unless you’ve managed to land a rent controlled apartment on the ground floor, the enjoyment of a backyard garden.

As long as you apartment has windows, we’ve found an inspiring project to raise your very own farm in any aperture of your aerial mini palace.

The Window Farms Project uses hydroponic research developed separately by NASA and marijuana farmers to grow an edible garden in the windows of your apartment, office or home.

Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray began the project in February 2009 during a residency at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, introducing the idea of R&D-I-Y, research and develop-it-yourself. Their work with agricultural and architectural specialists has provided them with the platform for the project.

With economics in mind, the ladies wanted to create a low-cost system using relatively inexpensive materials. The working model is made from recycled water bottles, which can hold up to 25 plants.

The project has attracted a following of “pioneer” DIYers contributing new design ideas. The innovative ideas from these fellow farmers are allowing the knowledge base of DIY hydroponics to expand. That is exactly what the team aims to do.

“We envision the DIY aspect, not as a nostalgia-inducing hobby or a compromise during hard financial times, but as a futuristic infrastructure-light alternative to big R&D. Instead of waiting for products and services to be developed by industry, local social networks develop solutions for themselves by dividing scientists’ breakthrough findings into actionable local steps,” states windowfarms.org . The website also provides information on how to get involved with the team and how to build your own window farm.

We love the city life, so if there is a way to produce a fall harvest without leaving the rising metropolis, count us in.

-Brittany Maguire

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