Check out this cool new gardening technology. Windowfarms is a Brooklyn-based company and they are, with the backing of their Kickstarter supporters, launching a “vertical, hydroponic garden” for growing food in your apartment
It’s farming technology for the space-starved urbanite. How it works: You set it up at your kitchen window. Nutrient-spiked water is pumped up from a reservoir at the base of the system and trickles down from bottle to bottle, bathing the plants’ roots along the way.
“Some friends and I built the first Windowfarm in my apartment window,” founder Britta Riley told SmartPlanet in a Q&A. “At the time, it was just a bunch of leaky buckets and plastic things that we had cobbled together, but the goal was to use ordinary materials so that we could make something that was replicable.”
With the system, you can basically grow your own vegetables in your kitchen. The result: healthier roots and nutritious vegetables without the dirt and mess. The company has encountered a couple of glitches and manufacturing delays, but announced as of last week that shipments will begin on August 27.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 3, 2012