Peace of mind can be found in knowing where your food comes from. In recent generations, the disconnect between producer and consumer has widened. Throughout human history, people have either lived on the same land that their food source did, or personally knew the entity responsible for the food’s production. For most of us, particularly in more densely populated areas, this is no longer the case. Much of what we eat is a total mystery.
Recently, the focus on reclaiming the connection with our food has intensified. To placate the overwhelming concern, many growers and grocery stores have devised a way to bridge the gap between the farm and table. You may notice various posters displayed throughout the produce section detailing a picture and short biography of the family farm responsible for the produce it is next to. If the smiling faces of the farmers help to ease the apprehension you feel about your food, then growing it yourself may completely eradicate it. The relationship we have with the food that sustains us can once again be an intimate one.
Window Farming is a new and resourceful way to grow your own food. The simple design can be built in a matter of days and is capable of producing a wide variety of herbs and vegetables. From seed to fruit, the Window Farmer knows exactly what conditions the plants were grown under, as well as the nutrients they were given. As this technique grows in popularity, the collaboration of all of the growers involved help to develop more efficient systems. The network is made up of people well-endowed in plant knowledge, others with backgrounds in engineering, or even people with neither who simply want to develop their own food. By creating clear, easy-to-follow instructions, and providing the resource of an entire online coalition dedicated to each other’s mutual success, the Window Farm Organization is changing the way many people eat.
Aside from the simple design that can be found at www.WindowFarming.org, the other aspect of Window Farming that makes it practical for almost anyone to do is the easily attainable materials used to build it. Much of the construction is made from repurposed material such as disposable plastic water bottles. The rest can usually be found at Little Red Nursery. The result is a hydroponics system, modified to grow the healthy, delicious vegetables you love, fed by the purest beneficial nutrients. The experts here at Little Red have become increasingly intrigued by the concept and will continue working to develop the technique to be the most ideal for our area.