7 Inspiring Public Uses of Tower Garden
In 2014, many individuals discovered the healthier, easier and smarter way to garden. And we were thrilled to see a few businesses and organizations follow suit.
Check them out, and be sure to leave a comment below to let us know which is your favorite.
1. Kona Greens in Kailua Kona, Hawaii
If you were stranded on an island and could bring one item with you, what would it be? How about a Tower Garden? Kona Greens, Hawaii’s first Tower Garden farm, provides fresh, local, pesticide-free produce in Kailua Kona.
Considering Hawaii imports more than 90% of its food—and has no more than 10 days’ worth of food at a given time—the establishment of Kona Greens is an important step toward achieving a healthier, more sustainable community.
2. Westside Gardens in Southern Georgia
Students at Westside Elementary School use 20 Tower Gardens to grow fresh produce for their community in Houston, Ga. Through this initiative, students learn the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables and giving back to the community.
This is just one example of what we’ve been seeing more and more—Tower Gardens in classrooms! You can expect to hear more about academic uses of Tower Garden like this in 2015. Watch this video to learn more about Westside Elementary’s Tower Gardens.
3. The Garden at AT&T Giants Stadium in San Francisco, Calif.
The San Francisco Giants and Bon Appétit Management Company teamed up to bring Tower Garden to AT&T Park. Behind the centerfield wall, fresh produce grows in a 4,320 sq ft space aptly named “The Garden.” Fruits, vegetables, greens and flowers are harvested and fed to spectators the same day. But wait, there’s more!
The goal of The Garden, according to a statement from the Giants, is to “introduce and educate the community about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.” And they’re accomplishing this by working with local chefs, farmers and others to teach children how to grow their own healthy food.
4. Scissortail Farms in Tulsa, Okla.
With an impressive 26,000 sq ft greenhouse, Oklahoma’s Scissortail Farms is the largest vertical aeroponic farm in North America. Scissortail Farms uses Tower Gardens to provide local, chemical-free leafy greens and herbs for the Tulsa community.
5. Santa Barbara Urban Farms in California
One of the ways Tower Garden provides a sustainable form of growing food is that is uses 90% less water compared to traditional farming. This has major implications, particularly in light of the ongoing water shortage in the western U.S.
In 2014, Niels Thorlakkson recognized Tower Garden’s value as a compact, efficient gardening system. So he set up 100 Tower Gardens in his backyard and began selling his fresh produce to local Santa Barbara restaurants. Read more about Niels’ inspiring story on the Future Growing blog.
6. Gallow Green Restaurant Rooftop Farm in Manhattan, N.Y.
Many restaurants have embraced the movement to source ingredients locally. And it doesn’t get much more local than growing ingredients 50 steps away—which is exactly what Gallow Green Restaurant at the McKittrick Hotel does.
This chic restaurant uses Tower Gardens to grow fresh ingredients on a Manhattan rooftop. And Chef R.L. King incorporates the produce into his savory signature dishes. You can see more photos of this unique Tower Garden-powered restaurant on Facebook.
Photo credit: True Garden
7. True Garden in Mesa, Ariz.
True Garden is the first solar-powered, high-tech greenhouse in U.S. capable of producing most temperate food crops year-round—even in the Arizona desert. This Tower Garden farm opened late in 2014, and we can’t wait to hear more about it in 2015!
Over to You
What was your favorite public use of Tower Garden in 2014? Share the news in the comments!
Except where otherwise noted, photos via Future Growing, LLC.
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