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Windowfarms: Social, crowdsourced hydroponics bring fresh food home

Windowfarms: Social, crowdsourced hydroponics bring fresh food home

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Published by: Crowdsourcing.org on Nov 30, 2011
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Windowfarms: Social, crowdsourced hydroponicsbring fresh food home
Got a window? Then you can grow your own food.A group of driven, DIY-types from around the world are helping to bringhydroponic systems home. In her
 (below), Britta Riley of Windowfarms 
vertical food gardens, if you will
 shows how a socially-driven community of 24,000 hydroponics buffs have refinedthe concept into a showroom-
ready product. (Don’t worry, you can still build your 
own.)It used to be that the closest that apartment dwellers (like myself) get to fresh fruits
and vegetables is the local farmer’s market. Practically and
efficiently growingown tasty, nutritious food was a fantasy
one that best left to our rural friends orneighbors with a patch of land to fulfill. Not anymore.
Thanks to Windowfarm’s active community and open
-source philosophy, anyonecan enjoy the benefits inherent in crowdsourcing R&D. Among them, according to Riley, is a setup that encourages global collaboration, which in turn results in rapid

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