britta riley and rebecca bray: windowfarms
jul 13, 2010
britta riley and rebecca bray: windowfarms


‘windowfarms’

windowfarms‘ are vertical, hydroponic, modular, energy efficient, high-yield edible
window gardens built using low-impact or recycled local materials such as plastic bottles.
since its initial conception by american artists britta riley and rebecca bray through an
artist residency at eyebeam center for art and technology, new york in 2009,
the project has evolved with the collaborative efforts of other windowfarming end users
through more than 12 subversions. its most recent addition is the urban agricultural kits v3.0.


detail of big window farm at eyebeam, july 2009.
photo © sydney shen

this farming system works by having water and nutrients drip from the top reservoir
through the columns of plants. the added CFL bulbs supplement natural light. inverted
water bottles, suspended with fishing line hold the plants growing in expanded clay pellets.
a pump at the bottom reservoir turns on for a minute every 4 hours to push a couple
of gallons of water to the top of the system.



urban agricultural kit 3.0 release


big window farm at eyebeam, july 2009.
photo © lindsey castillo


big window farm at eyebeam, july 2009.
photo © lindsey castillo




experimentation with paper root covers


detail of big window farm at eyebeam, july 2009


‘windowfarm’ prototype


‘the first window farm’, brooklyn, may 2009


prototype window farm at eyebeam, june 2009
photo © morgan jones


windfarmer gabriel willow’s garden, july 2009
photo © gabriel willow


britta and rebecca with the first window farm, may 2009
photo © julia makarova.


‘core kit’

the urban agricultural kits, available through the windowfarms, come in different
variations starting with the ‘core kit’, ‘classic kit’ for 2 columns and finally the ‘classic kit’
for a more elaborate 4 column garden.


‘classic kit’ 2 columns


‘classic kit’ 4 columns

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