Thursday, April 8, 2010

Window Farms

(looks magical, right?)

What are Window Farms??
Window Farms are vertical, hydroponic, modular, low-energy, high-yield edible
window gardens built using low-impact or recycled local materials.

(inspiration > action)

Goal 1: to start a Windowfarming craze in New York City and other dense urban areas, helping people grow some of their food year-round in their apartment windows.

Goal 2:
give ordinary folks a means to collaborate on research and development of these vertical hydroponic food-growing curtains through the community site at

The Windowfarms Project operates in what seems a small niche, but we hope it might be what Buckminster Fuller would call a "trim tab," a small part that turns giant ships by being particularly well placed. Growing some of our own food is a simple pleasure that can make a big difference in our relationship with nature. As we choose nutrients to feed plants we hope to eat in turn, we gain experience with a nearly-lost fundamental human art, get a microcosmic view of the food system, develop a stake in the conversation, and come up with new ideas for how to take care of ourselves and our planet in troubled times. Let's make this experience possible for anyone!

I can't tell you how much I am blown away by this... what ingenuity! What a fantastic attitude! If there is a will- there is a way. And I think that things are "greener" than we think... sometimes we just have to open our eyes a bit wider, clean our lenses and or adjust our focus. :) There is good and bad everywhere. What are you looking for?

In addition, to showing you how to make your own window farms- there is an online community as well so you can connect, share tips, etc. Each participant in the project makes it easier for the next windowfarmer to grow some of his/her own food. The system design and instruction sets evolve as each person comes up with ideas for improvements or points out problems and we collectively test solutions proposed by the group.

Be sure to check out the cute + informative video and visit for more information. Big thanks to my dear friend, Noah for always sharing his much appreciated tidbits.

please note: all images are from the video and or

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