Designinc: Wall to fork
Mar 12, 2011 5:56 PM | By Nadine Botha
The vertical garden takes its inspiration from the farm to fork theory, which aims to make our eating greener, writes Nadine Botha
BRANCHING OUT: Haldane Martin's vertical garden is designed for city dwellers to make the most of their space

The "farm to fork" distance is the distance it takes for fresh produce to reach your plate. This distance is measured in "food miles" and is said to be responsible for 15% of global CO2 emissions. Consider the air-freighted Mexican avocados, Kenyan broccoli and British baby spinach that pervade SA supermarkets and that statistic comes closer to home.

A global movement to reduce food miles and green our urban environment is growing. Internationally, projects including Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray's hydroponic Window Farms for New York residents and Patrick Blanc's living walls in Paris are making headway.


March 9, 2010. Homegrown Harvest: Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray tend to Brooklyn’s first window farm. This form of urban agriculture is catching on in cities around the world, as downtown farmers go online to share techniques for growing greens indoors.


Window Farms is a group that’s developing and cultivating a DIY system of edible hydroponic gardens which use recycled materials and are built with urban window spaces in mind.


“The Windowfarms project broaches both immediate urban agriculture goals as well as a far-sighted shift in attitudes toward the green revolution.

Projects: Windowfarm
Tags: alum, blog, greengal, windowfarm, nyc, eyebeam, rebeccabray, brittariley

This is a screen shot taken one hour after the dealine today, when Windowfarms succeeded in reaching (and surpassing) its $25,000 goal on kickstarter, they now exist as a funded non-profit!


Window Farms started with a mere $5,000 as an art project initiated by Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray in February, 2009 through an artist’s residency at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York and sponsorship by Submersible Design, Riley and Bray’s interactive design firm.

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