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A floating garden in New York City – The Waterpod, open water agriculture

An experimental floating hydroponic garden in New York City’s East River.

By Amy Sung
Clean Plates
Sept 10, 2012


Karim Ahmed’s creation, the Waterpod, is a 20-square-foot raft that will sprout sunflowers, kale, corn, and a baby nectarine tree using a water filtration system. Currently anchored at the Anable Basin in Long Island City, the Waterpod takes the concept of chinampas, a farming technique created by the Aztecs that used raised segments of artificially constructed land in lakes or swamps to grow food. While Ahmed’s Waterpod does sit on the water, it’s technically not floating because just like the Aztecs, it’s tethered or anchored, Ahmed’s research proposal says.

The Waterpod was created as an economically and ecologically viable way of growing food and was constructed in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Ahmed says. He began a Kickstarter campaign and partnered up with Boswyck Farms, a hydroponic research, development, and education company based in Bushwick, to build the pod.

As dictated by hydroponics, the Waterpod does not use soil to grow the plants; fresh water is harvested from the rain and filtered out through a one-way valve that keeps the salt water and other chemicals found in the river out.

Read the complete article here.

Kickstarter page about the project.

Blog about the project.