Windowfarms started as an art project by Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray in February of 2009 during a residency at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York. It has grown into a grassroots movement through organized online collaboration of interested individuals; together, they design an ever improving system for growing vegetables and plants in the windows of their apartments and houses.
They share plans via forums and blogs with anyone interested in how to fabricate the system. They use cheap, easily accessible, and recycled materials. (Registration is required in order to get to the how-to section of the site.)
According to Britta, the project is so popular and has grown so much that it has surpassed her capacity to manage it alone. So she turned to kickstarter to raise the money to convert the project into a 503c non-profit and to hire Maya Nak to help her operate it.
They set a goal of $25,000 and a deadline, January 4 at 2 pm, and they are very close to accomplishing both.
Britta and Maya have also applied for grants they are hoping will come through during 2010. The kickstarter fundraiser will fill in the gap in the mean time and is serving as a test of public support. And support they have. So far, they have raised $20,683 and have over 150 backers.
If you want to contribute to their efforts and help their project continue to grow, go to their kickstarter page and become a backer for as little as $1. I did!
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