Sunday, August 1, 2010

Window Farms

You can grow up to 25 fresh live vegetable plants - lettuce, herbs, snap peas, cherry tomatoes, peppers, kale, small squash, edible flowers, and many more in a normal 4'x 6' window in your home. That could be a salad a week. What if you had a kit to help you during those days you forget to water? Or what if you want a plant that you can’t kill because you don’t have a green thumb?

That was the exact idea that entrepreneurs, Britta Riley and
Rebecca Bray, had in mind when the Window Farm Project was born. The goal is to empower urban dwellers to grow some of their own food inside year-round. Many neighborhoods (particularly low income ones) in cities around the world are considered food deserts, meaning little fresh food is easily accessible. Residents tend to consume processed, packaged, and canned food having depleted nutrients. It is estimated that with current US industrial food production, it takes 7-10 calories of fossil fuels to produce 1 calorie of food. Furthermore, many of the vegetables we get at the store have lost a good deal of their nutritional value in transit.

Since the pub
lic launch last year, the community of window farmers have contributed innovations from the perspective of end uses that helped evolve the Window Farms designs through more than 12 sub-versions. Today, that community has grown to more than 13,000 members around the world. The project has been featured on NPR's Weekend Edition, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and in dozens of publications. Get your starter kit and being growing!

Source: and Design Boom

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