Growing a Healthier You.

What could be better than Research & Development? I have an answer: R&D-I-Y. Yes, that is correct, R&D-It-Yourself.  All too often in today's society we become frustrated with a task, and if it requires too much effort, we outsource it to a specialist. That is not how progress is made. It may be true that you are unable to devote all of your time to a project, but why outsource it to some corporate entity when you have access to countless others out there striving for the same goal as a community? To remedy this dilemma a few brilliant minds came together to create R&D-I-Y. It is a platform with more than 45,000 active users throughout the world. Each collaboratively innovating solutions for our environmental stewardship and quality of urban life. The first project that R&D-I-Y is tackling is that of WindowFarms. They have lofty goals and envision redefining the urban interior as we know it. I applaud them, I support them and I encourage you to as well! 

Photo courtesy of our.windowfarms.org

Photo courtesy of our.windowfarms.org

The launch of WindowFarms marked a brilliant reconciliation between humanity and the environment. As displayed above the WindowFarm is widely adaptable for all living situations, be it high-rise apartment or single-story townhouse. Essentially, the WindowFarm is an upgraded form of hydroponics. With a spatially-friendly design it invigorates implementation on any scale. The materials utilized range from simple to complex, each delivering profitable results. There have been amazingly productive contraptions constructed out of fish-tank tubing, recycled plastic bottles, used sneaker holders and a kiddie pool pump. Larger scale projects utilize UV light arrays, industrial planting containers and high-tensile supports. Regardless, the results are the same. You are garnering independence for yourself and your community; both nutritionally and financially. Collaboration is now international with new filtration techniques from a man in Brazil to innovative UV light placement provided by a team in Finland. This is a community on a global scale, working together for a common goal to make our lives better. This is how it should have been and this is how it should be. Get involved today and become a part of the movement! Who knows, perhaps your insight will lead to an revolutionizing improvement on the current model.

Photo courtesy of savortheearth.blogspot.com

Photo courtesy of savortheearth.blogspot.com

One of the chief pioneers of this grand endeavor is a Brooklynite by the name of Britta Riley. Like many of us, she did not have a direct educational background focusing upon engineering and botany. She merely had an idea and demanded a solution. So she set forth and found it. Her work has now been featured across the web and she has even spoken at various TED Talks. I encourage you to listen to what she has to say and get involved. I am in the process of moving into a new apartment, and when I do, I am commencing my very own WindowFarm (for less than one would pay for a week's groceries). Of course, if you do not want to make your own, for a slightly more expensive price tag, Windowfarms.com can make one for you. 

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