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Window Farms Food Security Project

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Background
The idea for the project came from a community eco-design forum that featured the innovative work of Brita Riley. Riley created the first hydroponic window farm installation located in New York City in February of 2009 (Riley). Her objective was to teach those who lived in urban food deserts and worked in office buildings an affordable and easily maintainable way to grow their own food and personally involve them in issues related to agriculture and the environment. Food deserts are an area where large-scale supermarkets have abandoned--leaving the entire community with little or no access to affordable, quality food (Bullard). Riley created a community forum using social media in order to encourage other artists and gardening enthusiasts to develop their own versions of her hydroponic, soilless, gardening system. And she states that

The ultimate aim of the Windowfarms project, however, is not to create a perfected
physical object or product. Rather, the most highly valued result is a rewarding
experience with crowsdsourced innovation. We are interested in the 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 (Riley).

Thesis
Even though low income groups produce the lowest ecological footprints, cohort groups who fall below the poverty threshold would benefit in many ways from learning about sustainability practices because they demonstrate the largest need for these principles (Echo). While some low income Americans have learned little about the corporate “green movement” advertised in the media and its impact on the environment, if these cohort groups had better access to information about the income barriers and other economic factors that limit access to education...

To learn more, check out: http://www.scribd.com/doc/31294822/Background-Paper-The-Savor-the-Earth-Hydroponic-Window-Farm-Project

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Window Farms Food Security Project

  1. 1. Malnutrition DefinitionMalnutrition is the condition that developswhen the body does not get the right amountof the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrientsit needs to maintain healthy tissues and organfunction. Malnutrition occurs in people whoare either undernourished or over-nourished.Under-nutritionUnder-nutrition is aconsequence of consumingtoo few essential nutrientsor using or excreting themmore rapidly than they canbe replaced.Over-nutritionIn the United States, nutritionaldeficiencies have generally been replacedby dietary imbalances or excessesassociated with many of the leadingcauses of death and disability. Over-nutrition results from eating too much,eating too many of the wrong things, notexercising enough, or taking too manyvitamins or other dietary replacements.
  2. 2. Diet-Related Diseaseby RaceObesity (%) Diabetes (%) Hypertension (%)SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (2002).African AmericansMale 21.1 7.6 36.7Female 37.4 11.2 36.6Total 33.4 10.8 36.6WhitesMale 20.0 4.7 24.6Female 22.4 5.4 20.5Total 21.3 7.8 22.1HispanicsMale 23.1 8.1 NAFemale 33.0 11.4 NATotal 26.2 9.0 NA
  3. 3. “Low-incomeresidents alsopay 10 to 40percent morefor food thanhigher incomeresidents.”-Robert Bullard
  4. 4. What are WEdoing toprepare ourAfricanAmericanstudents tocompete forthese jobs?--or topracticallygive back totheircommunities?
  5. 5. Thanks For All of Your Contributions!Black Student UnionCampus LifeCABThe SENS programThe Gardens and GreenhouseAce HardwareBerea Bikes
  6. 6. How to Build aWindow Farm
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