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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Grow Food On Your Window (And By 'Food,' We Don't Mean Mildew)

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 10:36 AM

click to enlarge DIY salad for landless urbanites. - BRITTA AND REBECCA/FLICKR
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  • DIY salad for landless urbanites.
A few weeks ago, Weird Vegetables, the Bay Area's wittiest purveyors of vegetable-related mystery and magic, dropped the proverbial dime on a new trend leafing out from galleries and apartments in New York City. We have mixed feelings about that big splashy know-it-all city-state our friends pick up and move to every few years, but thankfully, the next big thing is not a didgeridoo virtuoso signed to a major label on the strength of one scratchy GarageBand recording. Bay Area residents, meet the future: vertical, hydroponic, modular, low-energy, high-yield edible window gardens that also happen to look very nice.

The brainchild of Rebecca Bray and Britta Riley, the Window Farms project has a few primary goals: to sow the seeds for a citywide craze, encouraging New Yorkers and other beleaguered urbanites (that could mean us too, right?) to grow their own food, and spark further research and development collaborations.

There's a huge Window Farm hanging at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in Chelsea. Check the pictures and take notes.

If rigging up a contraption of basins, reservoirs, and tubes looks daunting, do not give up. According to Kale Daikon of WV, "if you can build a geodesic dome or trick out your bike in elaborate ways for Burning Man, then you can definitely pull together some plastic water bottles, PVC piping, net planters, and fluorescent light bulbs to reproduce this hanging Eden based on the how-to instructions provided by the Window Farms Project."

While we admire this innovative, sustainable, and altruistic application of hydroponics know-how, we also think these Window Farms could be bigger than Christmas lights. Somebody get Don Draper on the phone.

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