Summer is right around the corner. It is the perfect time to get those gardens started. What if you could garden with no dirt and no weeding? You actually can with the Tower Garden: A vertical, aeroponic garden developed by the world leader in aeroponic food farms, Tim Blank.
Whether indoors or outdoors, whether at home or in schools, there are many benefits of gardening with the Tower Garden. It uses as much as 98% less water and 90% less space, growing 20-28 plants in 3 square feet. The University of Mississippi (Suman, 2014) conducted a product yield study of conventional organic gardening vs. the Tower Gardens, finding a 30% average increase. And a study at NASA (Progressive, 2006) shows plants grow up to three times more quickly than conventional gardening. Children are finding the Tower Gardens to be a fun and unique way to learn about gardening.
Around the country, we are seeing Tower Gardens popping up in the classrooms. There is no better time to teach our young generations the importance of fresh foods and where they come from. Studies have shown that children who grow their own food are more likely to consume more fresh fruits and vegetables. The ability to teach students to grow their own food can change the health challenges facing our nation.
Stephen Ritz, Global Teacher Prize Finalist, founded the Green Bronx Machine and began using the Tower Garden in the classrooms in New York. He says teachers can use it for a variety of subjects, including math, science, literacy, and even art. Tower Garden has partnered with The Buck Institute for Education and Seton Hall Department of Educational Studies and Department of Biological Sciences to develop lesson plans and curriculum for all ages and grade levels. Topics include Seeds, Roots, Stems, Pollination, Fertilization, Leaves, Plant Research, Mineral Nutrition, Flavors & Phytochemicals, and Pigment.
The Tower Garden has been a wonderful addition to our families journey in leading a healthy life style. It’s like having a farmers market right on our deck. I can ask my daughter to go out the back door and clip off enough lettuce to make a fresh salad for dinner or pick some herbs for our dinner’s recipe. Before the Tower Garden, I didn’t have any interest in digging around in the dirt. Now our family has embraced gardening and will never be without fresh produce. And when the Nebraska weather turns cold, we can grow inside all winter with our grow lights.
Urban farming, it’s where families can change their health pictures.