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Window farms

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Window farming is a new movement among urbanites who want to grow their own food but lack outdoor space.

Many people living in city centers would love to grow fresh produce but don’t have access to a garden or even a paved outside space where they could place containers.

Window farms, which are space-efficient indoor hydroponic growing systems, enable city dwellers to turn their sunny windows into productive food gardens.

Window Farms

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Window farm plants grow in vertical columns of containers that hang from a pole at the top of a window.

There are stylish window farm kits available for sale, though many window farmers build their own systems using large recycled water bottles (upended) as planters and fish tank air pumps to circulate the liquid nutrients their plants require.

Running the system uses very little electricity. Windowsill farm kits can be used to grow many different food crops including cherry tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, leafy greens, various herbs, squash, and peas.

Window farm systems can’t be used to grow root vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, onions, or garlic because the hydroponic system causes plants to develop dense, hairy roots to take advantage of the small-nutrient-rich space.

Window Farms

Image source: store.windowfarms.com

The window farming movement was started by Brooklyn, New York, resident Britta Riley, who raised funds using an online micro-donation site so that she could create the first prototype window farm system. Her window farm business is run in partnership with professional gardener Maya Nayak.

Window Farming is not just an activity; it’s also a community.

Window farmers collaborate online, sharing victories, challenges, tips, and improvement ideas for their systems. For more information about window farms or to purchase a ready-made window farm system online, visit www.windowfarms.com.

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