As a family, we've had our allotment plot for about a year now and are slowly but surely making headway. Especially since the site was a fallow field for close to 30 years and each plot has been started from scratch!
Quite a community has evolved over that time, with a common unifying desire to be more self reliant in the production of the food we eat.
Not every one gets an opportunity to have such an piece of ground to cultivate, nor even access to a garden to plant for that matter. In this inspiring TED film, Britta Riley talks about the idea of a soil-less hydroponic structure in your window, that offers a realistic solution to those apartment and garden-less souls who yearn for the sense of being a little more food self sufficient.