What began as an experiment in window farming became a crowd-sourced answer to our industrialized food system.
When Britta Riley wanted to grow her own food, she didn't let her tiny New York apartment stop her. Rather than grow her herbs and veggies in messy dirt, she decided to create a hydroponics system for growing food indoors made out of reclaimed plastic bottles.
She also decided not to create a product but crowdsource with co-developers. The garden started out growing a salad a week in her New York apartment window. Now, there are window farms all over the world building and testing - basically doing Research and Development (R&D), just like a corporation. The difference is that the window farms testers are doing this as a passion project. She calls the process R&DIY - Research and Develop it Yourself.
The community holds a patent on the project. That means they're beating companies like Monsanto to the punch, keeping this food technology out of their hands and in the hands of the people.
Want to get in on some R&DIY action? You can check out Riley's website for deets on what they're up to and how to get involved!