Window Farms How-To

Event Type: 
workshop
Start Date: 
18 Jul 2009
Hours: 
2–4PM
Venue: 
Eyebeam
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Learn how to make your own window-sized vertical hydroponic food garden

Saturday, July 18 | 2–4PM
Eyebeam; 540 W. 21st St. NY, NY

Cost: FREE

RSVP REQUIRED: http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/528/t/9265/event/index.jsp?event_KEY=50608

Registration is limited to 25 people.

Window Farms are vertical, hydroponic, modular, low-energy, high-yield edible window gardens built using low-impact or recycled local materials. By using hydroponics and suspended vertical systems, you can grow an amazing amount of fresh food in a small space inside your apartment or office. See photos and learn more about at windowfarms.org.

The Window Farms project is not just about growing food, it's also an experiment in collaborative innovation to create sustainable solutions to environmental problems. We're interested in helping a network of people help each other by sharing information about their indoor food-growing experiments.

At the workshop, you will learn:

  • how to plan and build your own window farm
  • the basics of hydroponics
  • where to get materials
  • how other people around New York have built their window farms, opportunities to create your own variations on the system, and how to connect with other local urban gardeners
You will receive a step by step How-To manual and individual feedback about your system plan.

In an average apartment window you can grow anywhere between 2 and 25 plants, depending on what kinds of food you decide to grow. A basic hydroponic system will cost you approximately $120, plus a slight increase in your monthly electric bill. It can cost quite a bit less or more depending on design variations we will discuss in the workshop. By the end of the workshop you should have your window farm plan and be ready to order your materials. The system should take 1 day to set up, and then 15 minutes of maintenance every couple of days. You will have access to the Window Farms user site where you will be able to ask questions and get feedback from other local window farmers.

This workshop will be led by Eyebeam residents Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray.

For more information, email: britta@eyebeam.org

 

Comments

Hey guys!

I am very curious about window farming and your how-to workshop (found it through guerilla gardening sites) and I am interested if you plan to publish your findings in any way to make it more accessible? I'm living in Berlin, Germany, and therefore can't join you at the workshop at Eyebeam, even though I'd love to. =) So, what do you think? Is there a chance you'd share the knowledge you've gained so far with me over here?

Have fun at the workshop!
Anne