Not everyone has a yard to grow food in. However most people have at least one window, and most of those people heat their homes in the winter, so guess what? In effect, they also have a year round green house just waiting to be DIY-ified into a Window Farm!
While certainly an exciting opportunity for apartment dwellers and those without any soil to till, Window Farms are a useful option for everyone in that they are viable year round.
What with population growth, limited water resources, suburban sprawl reaping huge profits for those developing prime farmland, rising fuel costs, and a host of other challenges for agriculture, the cost of food is only going up. So growing as much of your own food as possible makes a lot of sense.
Take a look at the Window Farms Blog where you can get building instructions, safety warnings and access to R & D from previous and existing projects.
Olivia Chen covered Window Farms for Inhabitat last year & the project recently exhibited at the 2010 San Mateo Maker’s Faire where they took the Make magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award. Congratulations!