The following article provides more background on the aeroponic Tower Garden and its inventor Tim Blank who gained much of his hydroponics experience working at Epcot Center.
Discovering highly effective urban food producing systems like this further underscores the need for an institution like the Center For Urban Greenscaping (CuGreen).
It's one thing to have a limited access Tower Garden on the roof of a restaurant in New York City. It's another to have the system in an educational institution where it can be used to feed minds and well as stomachs.
We desperately need a physical location where city dwellers (in this case New Yorkers) can see and learn about all of these modern urban agriculture systems on a comparative basis. Help make it happen! We need you!
Bob Hyland firstname.lastname@example.org
Two weeks ago I met the inventor of an amazing self-contained Hydroponic Tower Garden – Tim Blank, from Future Growing, LLC., in Florida. Blank worked for Disneyworld’s Epcot Center for more than a decade. His background in entomology (study of insects) and scientific knowledge about nutrition (working with NASA and the space program) prepared him for the creation of this incredible product. Seven days later I was sitting in an intense workshop in Pennsylvania digesting masses of information about a subject near to my heart – hydroponics and growing real food.
Hydroponics is growing plants in a soil-free environment with nutrient rich water as its source of life. Hydroponics utilize only 5 to 10 percent of water that a traditional garden wastes. Plants are held in a base material that supports tiny roots while they sprout in a seed starter then transferred to a small cage that fits in the palm of your hand. What happens to the need for soil? Plants seek nutrients in soil, not soil itself.
Clients ask me about organic gardens and how to grow their own yummy food. The Tower Garden is a simple self contained closed growing system. You can produce food in a “green” or sustainable way with a footprint of 2.5’ round and 5’ tall. Twenty separate growing spaces yield incredible quick delicious healthy food such as:
* Vegetables: Fancy lettuce, peppers, cucumbers, pumpkins, tomatoes, green beans, etc.
* Fruits: Luscious strawberries, cantaloupe or watermelon…
* Herbs: Love to cook? Harvest gorgeous bouquets of basil, cilantro, spearmint, chives, etc.
* Passion for flowers? Try edible flowers or any variety you love to cascade down your Tower Garden.
This easy vertical system sits on your patio or balcony. Add a kit to make a total of 36 plants, 9’ tall. It wards off creatures like rabbits. A small pump (pennies a month) housed in 20 gallons of water in the basin cascades fresh highly oxygenated mineral rich water through roots of plants with nutrients needed for flourishing. Grow fancy lettuce in four weeks.