Who needs a garden plot? There’s precious space in your home that could be producing food right now. Don’t take it from us. Artist Jenna Spevack has created a series of household objects–including a chair, kitchen cabinet, and suitcase–that double as “microfarms” outfitted with lights and planters (check them out in the slide show above).
The 8 Extraordinary Greens art installation features Jenna’s sub-irrigated plant-growing system in a variety of objects. The system can cultivate a variety of microgreens, including arugula, mustard, chard, beets, kale, and cress. Healthy, delicious, and convenient.
Spevack explains in an email: “The gallery installation is an art project that embeds these tiny farms within salvaged furniture and household objects. My aim in using these items is twofold: to demonstrate how objects can be re-used and adapted to grow food, and to suggest a time in the past when our domestic lives were closer to our food supply and local communities.”
All objects in the installation are embedded with a jewel and contain references to roosters–a nod to Aesop’s fable “The Cock and the Jewel,” where a rooster looking for food discovers a precious jewel but finds no value in it and wishes for food instead.
Anyone who visits 8 Extraordinary Greens can also buy the microgreens (patrons determine their own price) and decide whether to keep them or leave them for donation at a local food pantry. All transactions are recorded on printed receipts. One receipt goes to the customer, and one is put up in the gallery.