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Okra, tomatoes, lettuces, beans, pepper, kale, peas, cucumbers, arugula, and basil are growing in the Window Farm on display in Eyebeam's window gallery. The hydroponic system includes a pump in a reservoir on the floor which pushes water and nutrients to the pipe at the top. The nutrient solution then drips through the columns of plants which are resting in suspended recycled water bottles. Low energy bulbs supplement natural light. This Window Farm was built using low-cost, easily accessible materials. It represents one in a series of designs for low-energy, high-yield DIY hydroponic vertical farms that are suited to small New York city spaces. windowfarms.org.

Window Farm

 
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Greens growing in a suspended hydroponic Window Farm

We are creating several different designs for suspended, hydroponic, modular, low-energy, high-yield light-augmented window farms using low-impact or recycled local materials. These prototype window farms, to be located in high-profile windows throughout the city, are intended to inspire other New Yorkers to design and implement their own window farms. Signs in the windowfarms will challenge New Yorker to create their own and direct them to a website where we can all share photos, plans, designs, and information. Together, we will derive viable methods for growing food under the local conditions of our own homes in a way that is efficient enough for New Yorkers' lives.

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April 2009
 
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Due in good part to industrial agricultural practices, which rely on monocultures, chemical fertilizers and genetic modification to reap a predictable product, over 70% of our crop biodiversity was lostin the 20th century. Genetic erosion puts our food supply at risk from epidemics and infestations, which a more multifarious mix would guard against. To keep them from extinction, plants must be grown. During Sow-in, the general public, along with community gardening groups, will make seedling pots out of recycled materials and sow seeds of food plants on Slow Food's most endangered foods list and the Ark of Taste.

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August 2007
 
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