fortunately, we here at vr headquarters live in a home with a backyard, suitable for a small (but lush!) garden. but what if you live in an apartment? or worse, new york city?
enter window farms. window farms "are vertical, hydroponic, modular, low-energy, high-yield edible window gardens built using low-impact or recycled local materials". window farms were passed on to me through facebook (it CAN be useful!) and i spent the next half hour poring over the website and feeling glittery happiness in my heart. "R&DIY" is a compound acronym i haven't yet seen in my internet travels, and in this case, it just seems to make sense. the window farms organization isn't looking to create one basic window farm model, they are instead "crowdsourcing" through a network of people all attempting their own window farm endeavors. the idea is to create a support network through which a variety of ideas and experiments can traverse and aid other, future window farmers.
i don't know if window farms will save the world, but with their minimally invasive nature, mostly recycled materials and seemingly simple enough technology, they sure seem like they're gonna help.