Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Window Farms - great idea via Kickstarter

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.

Window Farm
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:
Download: Ogg Vorbis   MP3


Unknown said...

Wow! Thanks so much for writing about us. I'm excited that you found the project worthwhile. Thanks for the encouragement. We are really trying to chip away at the social costs of changing behavior. As Copenhagen summit, climate gate, and the recent Wall Street journal article debacle draw heat around the climate topic, I'm inclined to say, "For God's sake, if you don't agree with global warming, let's make these changes just to prevent ocean acidification, which may be just as damaging to our planet eventually." I think windowfarming, though perhaps a slow solution compared to what alls needed, will build some critical skills in the public, going beyond "awareness." It is definitely spreading virally. Were getting a new member every 15 minutes at this point. Yay!/Agh! I need help running this site! Thanks again, Paul.

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