Because the On Our Minds reading group here at Mantor chose Food Rules and In Defense of Food as our book selections for the coming year, I've been paying a lot of attention to sustainable food production.
I've been a fan of The Windowfarm Project for a while now, and constructing a window farm has been on my to-do list since I first discovered the site. Do you remember that great old computer game, The Incredible Machine, where you had to construct Rube Goldberg thingies out of bits and pieces? Well, window farms have that same sort of appeal for me: take a few plastic bottles, a pump, a bit of tubing, and a seedling or two, and Voila! A working, sustainable, food-producing machine from odds and ends. Throw in the fact that the bottles, at least, are recycled, and it's a can't miss project.
But here's the good news if your zeal to do good isn't quite matched by your zeal to do it yourself: I just got an email from the Windowfarm Project announcing the availability of the Windowfarm kit! Now, all you need is a sunny window and a few bucks, and you'll be on your way to having the the most eco-chic (and tasty) window treatments in town!