Heading up to talk to Jim Mora on National Radio today; the running order includes a mention of the really neat site, Kickstarter, which lets people with an invention - idea - project find a backer.
This post is about one of the projects featured on the site - Window Farms. Love this project to bits - might even donate - and better still - might just try it out in our apartment here in Auckland. Herewith the detail in their own words, but the video does it better.
".... In February 2009, through a residency at Eyebeam, Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray began to build and test the first Window Farms prototype. Growing food inside NY apartments is a challenge, but within reach.
The foundational knowledge base is emerging through working with agricultural, architectural and other specialists, collecting sensor data, and reinterpreting hydroponics research conducted by NASA scientists and marijuana farmers.
We have been researching and developing hydroponic designs that are inexpensive and made from relatively inexpensive materials. The working prototype is a drip system made from recycled water bottles, holding 25 plants. Beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, arugula, basil, lettuce and kale are thriving.
While completing the first Prototype in mid-April, we invited a dozen "Pioneers" to join us in creating Window Farms. We asked them to approach the project like a night class, devoting one night a week for two months.
We showed them our prototype and presented the DIY research and development we did so far and invited them to build on our research to create their own designs. Currently, the Pioneers are designing their systems. Their innovative ideas are adding to the knowledgebase about DIY hydroponics...."
The Pitch on Kickstarter
On Kickstarter they say they are looking for US$25k to take the project forward. They have a really good pitch on the site here, including another great video.
The Jim Mora interview where I talk about this:
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