urban agriculture

Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn, FI:AF

Eyebeam is thrilled to be participating in Farm City: Where Are You Growing? A Celebration of Urban Agriculture!


re:farm the city - tools for urban farmers

it is a mix of a good meal (the crop, the friends, the seeds, ...) , hardware (the urban farm, the composter, the electronics, the sensors, recycled materials, ...), software (build a farm according to your personal needs, your local vegetables, local gastronomy, ...) that will give you the tools to design, control and manage your farm during its life.

Project Created: 
June 2010


RSVP by sending the number in your party to info@windowfarms.org (limit 30 people).

Windowfarms are vertical hydroponic, veggie-producing curtains made primarily of recycled materials or parts available at local hardware stores. New Yorkers can grow a portion of their own organic food year-round in their apartments and offices by building windowfarms from open source designs that keep evolving through mass collaboration at our.windowfarms.org. At the workshop, participants will:


Britta Riley will be leading a workshop on the Waterpod' Brooklyn Bridge Park pier for anyone who wants to learn how to build a windowfarm.

Windowfarms let you grow your own food in your apartment window year-round by means of hydroponics.

Bring your window dimensions (height, width, sill depth) and you will walk away with a customized design just for your apartment window.

Sunday, Aug 16 3-4 p

Start Date: 
18 Jul 2009

Learn how to make your own window-sized vertical hydroponic food garden

Saturday, July 18 | 2–4PM
Eyebeam; 540 W. 21st St. NY, NY

Cost: FREE

RSVP REQUIRED: http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/528/t/9265/event/index.jsp?event_KEY=50608

Registration is limited to 25 people.


Sharecropper invites you to participate in this public art project and micro farming installation by artist Leah Gauthier for one growing season in New York City, Summer 2009.

Leah will be using organic growing methods to plant rare and endangered heirloom vegetables and herbs, and to cultivate wild edibles on 17 parcels of donated land or growing spaces located in each of the five boroughs. A portion of the harvest will be shared with local soup kitchens, and series of public programming, including urban farming panel discussions, art happenings, and cooking performances around the city are being planned.

This is a personal journey exploring agricultural plant matter and wild edibles as sculptural material, community building through growing and cooking food, re-imagining land use, and re-incorporating agrarian sensibilities and simplicity into modern life.

Project Created: 
June 2009

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

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.

Project Created: 
April 2009

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.

Project Created: 
August 2007
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