Olivia Chen

Window Farms: An experiment in urban agriculture

by , 05/23/09

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Gardening enthusiasts living in cities will certainly cheer for Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray’s Window Farms experiment. The artist-in-residence duo at Eyebeam have teamed up to develop a DIY system for creating “suspended, hydroponic, modular, low-energy, high-yield light-augmented” vertical gardens that will enable anyone to start their own garden right in their very own window. Britta and Rebecca were showcasing their prototype at Eyebeam last week and have enlisted a dozen or so volunteers that are building their own farms — all to go on display in windows throughout NYC from May 31 to July 14.

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The prototype that we saw at Eyebeam was composed of several vertical columns with re-purposed water bottles that each held a potted plant. The set-up also included a tub of water elevated above the vertical garden that allowed water to drip through the columns — a catch basin was also placed at the bottom to catch the water that was not absorbed by the plants. Britta and Rebecca also told us that at home, they use a pump to cycle the water back through the system.

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Although the primary intention of the project is to prove that individuals can develop their own systems for growing food in their NYC (or other tiny) apartment, Britta and Rebecca see this project as part of their greater interest in something they call R&DIY, which stands for Research and Do-It-Yourself. Britta and Rebecca worked with a group at Eyebeam to develop experimental window farms. By engaging a community with their urban agriculture experiment, the duo is out to show that this group method can become part of a greater trend towards the use of social networks to institute change on a local scale.

+ Window Farms website

+ Window Farms at Eyebeam (Britta and Rebecca are Artists-In-Residence)

+ Window Farms on Flickr

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4 Comments

  1. Eldora May 31, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Now that’s sublte! Great to hear from you.

  2. Windowfarms: Grow an Ed... December 15, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    [...] Riley’s Windowfarms are modular, vertical, drip-hydroponic systems that repurpose landfill-bound 1.5 liter bottles to [...]

  3. advanced2011 May 18, 2010 at 12:36 am

    In urban areas space is a big problem. Specially, when you are in apartments. If you like gardening and like to make a small kitchen garden of your own then hydroponics systems can help you grow quality with rich nutrients plants in that small area only. With People getting very concious of what they eat organic things are what they actually prefer. You can grow your plants in that small area that you have with organic farming and aeroponic methods.

    For Further Information on how to grow quality crops within small space. Log on to : http://www.advancednutrients.com

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  4. kenrinaldo September 1, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Here is a related post. Urban Agriculture make possible with the vertical gardens of the Farm Fountain:
    http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/06/14/farm-fountain-by-amy-youngs-and-ken-rinaldo/
    http://farmfountain.com/

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