Windowfarm is an idea by artists Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray in February, 2009. Riley read the article by "Why Bother?" Michael Pollan in the New York Times Magazine in conjunction with Clay Shirky's book Here Comes Everybody. She wanted to grow some of her own food but lived in a 5-story walk-up in Brooklyn. Rooftop growing was problematic, so harnessing the light in the window plus the year-round climate control of an apartment seemed promising. With limited space, dirt growing was not an option. So, the challenge was to make hydroponics vertical and optimized for the window space.
Here is what they created:
Since the public launch last year, the community of windowfarmers on our.windowfarms.org have contributed innovations from the perspective of end uses that helped evolve the Windowfarms designs. The 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.
It a perfect gift option for our urban dweller friends. Its a gift that keeps on giving.