Thursday, April 24, 2014

Growing Organically Is Looking Up!

The Living Towers Farm
As you drive down the hill to the Living Towers Farm, turning a wooded corner, you don't know quite what to expect. Seeing the greenhouse was the logical assumption for growing vegetables and herbs organically, but what was unexpected was walking into the screened nursery and realizing it's a small world!  Looking down the towering rows, I felt like I had been transported to EPCOT, Disney's Experimental Prototype Community of Tommorrow!  At EPCOT you can take the boat tour, Living with The Land, and see hydroponic vegetables, fruit trees, herbs, and flowers growing up to the sky, symbiotic aquaponic farming, where fish and plants live harmoniously.  There's a good explanation for the similarity:  the creator of the vertical towers, Tim Blank, was head horticulturist and researcher at EPCOT's The Land for 12 years.

Hydroponic Boat tour, The Land, EPCOT 2013

At the Living Towers Farm, over 5,000 plants grow in a 2,200 square foot prototype of futuristic food production where everyone will be able to harvest enough food to feed their family, even in a small space.

The product for growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers is a tall, expandable, cylinder with a 20 gallon reservoir that pumps mineral-infused water over the plant roots on a time schedule that is set by the owner.  Starting off with seedlings, this oxygen-rich process will boost the growing time for the vegetables and herbs so that within weeks you have fully mature plants ready to harvest.  Powerful side benefits of no weeding, tilling, kneeling, or sweaty-dirty clothing, as well as knowing where your food comes from and how it's been grown are attractive to those wanting a more health-conscious diet.  Living Tower's Tower Garden TM 's motto is "the world's first plug and play vertical garden."

Living Towers Introduction.with Dr. Jan Young, ND, CBE

One complete Tower Garden TM can be purchased for $525, or in payments of $45 a month. The entire kit includes:
  • (1) Tower Garden vertical aeroponic garden tower
  • Seeds for growing gourmet lettuce, cherry tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, basil, and cucumber
  • Seed starter enviro-dome
  • 20 rock wool seed starter cubes and net pots
  • Pump, timer and drain tube
  • Tower Tonic Mineral Blend plant food (1 qt each)
  • pH test kit and 1 bottle each of pH+ and pH-
  • Measuring cup
You have your choice of seedlings when you visit their online store.

I think my husband would love to have two Tower Gardens for his birthday! Have a look at the harvest-ready Tower Gardens TM  vegetables and herbs that you could be eating tonight at your table.

Tuscany Kale, Nasturtiums, Cherokee Lettuce

Bibb Lettuce, Italian Parsley

Herb Towers

Bibb Lettuce Towers

Basil Tower


Eggplant and Zucchini


Kale, Swiss chard, Eggplant


Swiss Chard

Green Kale

Used all your Chives? No worries - they are already growing back!
Zucchini buds, flower, and fruit
Zucchini flower
Tuscano Kale
Strawberries Towers


Would you like a Tower Garden TM? Contact information :
Living Towers Farm
19621 Lake Lincoln Lane
Eustis, FL 32736
Open Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am - 6pm.
A big hat/tip to Dr. Young, Jason Lucas, Greenhouse Manager, and Tracy DeCarlo, distributor of Tower Gardens TM. 

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