WINDOW FARMS: GROWING FOOD YEAR-ROUND IN INNER CITY BUILDINGS
This vertical, hydroponic urban garden is a collaboration between artist Britta Riley and Clarksville, Indiana-based Grateful Greens Produce. Windowfarms is a vertical, hydroponic growing system that allows for year-round growing in almost any window. Nutrient-spiked water is pumped from a reservoir at the base of the system and trickles down from bottle to bottle, bathing the roots along the way.
The lettuces and herbs grown in this Windowfarms are served on Proof on Main restaurant next door.
"Growing some portion of one’s own food is a simple pleasure that can make a big difference in one’s relationship with nature," says Riley. "As we choose nutrients to feed plants we hope to eat in turn, we gain experience with a nearly-lost fundamental human art, get a microcosmic view of the food system, develop a stake in the conversation, and come up with new ideas for how to take care of ourselves and the planet."