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hanging garden


name: hanging garden
type: hanging garden
address: churchwall, place communale st.nazaire le désert france
gps location: 44.1856, 4.6316
dimensions: 1.00x2.00 meter
start date: 2011-06-27
end date: 2011-07-04
webcam: http://frontierlab.org/jardinsuspendu
more information: http://www.windowfarms.org/story

General description

The hanging garden is part of the Windowfarms project.
It is a hydroponic garden made of recycled materials. The water supply rotates in a loop. The plants grow in small baskets filled with clay balls. The baskets are set in plastic bottles which are connected in a hanging structure.
The goals are:
1) To empower urban dwellers to grow some of their own food inside year-round.
2) To empower citizens to collaboratively & openly innovate online toward more sustainable cities and improved urban quality of life.
of these elegant, inexpensive, vertical, hydroponic vegetable gardens made from recycled materials or items available at the local hardware store.

Ecological description

The Windowfarms Project operates in what seems a small niche, but the team hopes it might be what Buckminster Fuller would call a "trim tab," a small part that turns giant ships by being particularly well placed. Growing some portion of one's own food is a simple pleasure that can make a big difference in one's relationship with nature. As we choose nutrients to feed plants we hope to eat in turn, we gain experience with a nearly-lost fundamental human art, get a microcosmic view of the food system, develop a stake in the conversation, and come up with new ideas for how to take care of ourselves and our planet in troubled times.

Researchers have argued that to grow some of his own food is the most effective action an individual can take for environment, not only because of the food industry’s heavy carbon footprint but also because participating in agricultural production cultivates a valuable skill set around sustainability issues.

Sociological description

The ultimate aim of the Windowfarms project is not primarily to create a perfected physical object or product. Rather, the targeted result is for participants to have a rewarding experience with crowdsourced innovation. The team is interested to learn from participants' experience as they design for their own microenvironments, share ideas, rediscover the power of their own capacity to innovate, and witness themselves playing an active role in the green revolution.

The windowfarms project approaches environmental innovation through web 2.0 crowdsourcing and a method called R&D-I-Y (research and develop it yourself). Big Science’s R&D industry is not always free to take the most expedient environmental approach. It must assume that consumers will not make big changes. Its organizational structure tends toward infrastructure-heavy mass solutions. A distributed network of individuals sharing information can implement a wide variety of designs that accommodate specific local needs and implement them locally. Ordinary people can bring about innovative green ideas and popularize them quickly.