About this project
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The famed Dr. Drew Ramsey (Psychiatrist, Asst. Clinical Prof. at Columbia University, and brain-food advocate) has graciously offered SIGNED copies of his best-selling book, The Happiness Diet to any backer at $100 and above if we reach $50,000! His work on food and brain health has been featured by The New York Times, ABC News, and more, in addition to his appearance on "The Doctors". Our thanks to Dr. Drew for the support! Here's just one of the things he has to say about The Garden Tower;
"For optimal brain health nothing beats organic produce, and with the Garden Tower nearly everyone can grow their own!" - Drew Ramsey, M.D.
We would love to hit $50,000 and be able to share this special gift with you! Either way, be sure to swing by Dr. Ramsey's Website for your essential guide to eating for a sharper, happier, healthier brain!
Vertical Gardening is the Revolution of the Future! The Garden Tower:
- Holds up to 50 plants
- Is faster & more abundant than conventional gardening
- Can grow anything; veggies, flowers, herbs, etc.
- Turns your kitchen scraps directly into organic fertilizer
"This is the solution for food deserts......this is exactly what our cities need." -- Will Allen, Growing Power (Milwaukee, WI)
The Garden Tower is perfect for:
- Those who want healthy, local food
- Anyone with limited access to land, water, & soil
- People with physical restrictions
The design is elegant, simple, and set-up is straightforward and easy! Our patent pending internal worm-driven composting system makes The Garden Tower the only garden planter that can generate its own fertilizer and self-conditioned soil. Along with its low-evaporation design and other innovative features, it creates incredibly healthy growing conditions.
For eight months we've been shipping Garden Towers around the country to hundreds of very happy customers. However, our Garden Towers are two and half inches too tall for cost-effective shipping. Our cost on average is $87 to ship each Garden Tower, and these excessive shipping fees prohibit many people outside our local area from owning a Garden Tower. Moreover, these high shipping costs cut deeply into our ability to reinvest in the growth of the project and fund the project’s mission.
After five months of research and relationship building we’ve created a solution -- a custom sized, foodgrade, high-quality barrel extruded to our exact specifications that lowers the average customers' shipping costs to $36. To make the Garden Tower available to the world, we need your help to create an order that meets the minimum quantities required for a custom barrel.
This new version of our Garden Tower will be two and a half inches shorter than our current model but identical in every other way. Our shipping costs will be cut in half and we’re passing that savings directly to you, our project backers.
With your help, the Garden Tower Project will evolve from a small business centered around local sales and retail distributors into something big – a company providing Garden Towers to the entire country at reasonable cost while simultaneously expanding GrowingCircles, a vital part of the Project's mission.
Why is The Garden Tower Project important?
The Garden Tower Project has a vision of a world with healthy produce, accessible gardening, and food for all. The existence a Centralized Agriculture system is faced with a variety of challenges both in the quality of food that's produced, the impact on the environment, and ultimately being unsustainable. A move to Distributed Agriculture is a good solution to these problems, and we believe that The Garden Tower can be a means to that end.
Nick A. (Texas)
Thank you so much for our Garden Tower. We love it and eat off it everyday.
Jim K. (Indiana)
I have absolutely been loving my Garden Tower...THANK YOU! It's been brilliant.
Linda N. (Florida)
When I saw the garden tower I squealed with delight. How brilliant, how perfect for my needs. I can compost and have a garden no matter where we are!!!!!!! I was so excited I went ahead and ordered it yesterday. I cannot wait to be picking veggies and eating them right then from my garden tower. Thanks again!
Why do we live & breath the Garden Tower Project?
- Garden Tower Project is a company that supports local jobs at every possible point in the manufacturing process, sourcing everything we can from small business, local laborers, and producers
- The Garden Tower is an innovation on a mission; it offers an ecology of services that make a difference in peoples' lives
- GrowingCircles will grow in to an independent 501c3 non-profit organization by 2015
- Because we have very special people that support us through it all.
Find many more photos and stories on our facebook page! We look forward to hearing about your Garden Tower!
We appreciate your consideration. Happy gardening!
Colin, Joel, & Tom
Risks and challenges
We've faced numerous challenges over the life of the Garden Tower Project and the development of the Garden Tower. A steadfast pursuit of solutions through collaboration has led to the success of the project and business. We have amazing partners AND generous supporters that have helped us move mountains and with their help we will do it again in this project to introduce a new revision of the Garden Tower that will reach the hands of many more people across the country and beyond.
We're an established business with a track record of achievement and we are extraordinarily excited to take the project to the next level this year with your support.
Shipping dimensions: 33" tall by 25" wide, 32lbs
Assembled dimensions: 42" tall by 27" wide fully assembled
We suggest it is well characterized as a "patio farm."
Your backing will enable us to order our custom designed raw food grade drum from which to make Garden Tower nearly identical to the current design, but just about 8 percent smaller in volume. Moreover, this Garden Tower v1.1 will feature some aesthetic improvements like a) a clean and refined top opening, b) deeper, more indented planting pockets, c) more uniform thickness and shape for a cleaner profile.
In order for our project to get noticed by more viewers and featured prominently on Kickstarter, we need to show momentum right out of the gate! If you're on the fence, you can always change your backing level later.
The Garden Tower grows a surprising number of vegetable and flower varieties. Here is a partial list of suggestions:
VEGETABLES Amaranth (vegetable type), Arugula, Beans (Lima, bush, pole, shell, fava), Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chinese cabbage, Cauliflower, Chard, Chicory, Collards, Cucumbers, Dandelion, Eggplant, Endive, Escarole, Gourds, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Melons, Mesclun, Mustard Greens, Dwarf Okra, Peas, Peppers, Radicchio, Sorrel, Spinach, Squash,Strawberries, Tomatoes (note: vines such as squash and melons grow nicely from the bottom holes, trailing onto the ground).
HERBS Angelica, Anise Hyssop, Basil,Calendula, Catmint, Catnip, Chamomile, Chervil, Chives, Cilantro (Coriander), Dandelion, Dill, Echinacea (Coneflower), Feverfew, Flax, Garlic Chives, Goldenseal Hyssop, Lavender, Fennel, Lemon Balm, Marjoram, Milk Thistle, Mint, Nettle, Oregano, Parsley, Passion Flower, Pleurisy Root, Rosemary, Sage, Salad Burnet, Saltwort, Savory, Shiso, Stevia, Thyme, Valerian, and Wormwood.
FLOWERS Edible Flowers: Calendula, Carthamus, Dianthus, , Marigolds, Nasturtiums, Pansies, Salvia, and Violas. Ornamental Flowers: Ageratum, Amaranth, Ammi, Aster, Bells of Ireland, Bupleurum, Morning Glory, Nigella, Petunia, Phlox, Polygonum, Poppy, Ptilotus, Rudbeckia, Safflower, Salpiglossis, Sanvitalia, Scabiosa, Snapdragon, Stock, Strawflower, Sweet Peas, Verbena, Yarrow, and Zinnia.
Well, the website (http://www.gardentowerproject.com) of course. And if we don't have an answer for you there, certainly email us! Let me suggest starting off with the "features and benefits" down the left side, and then exploring the "resources" tab on the right.
Last year's "angle backer" that promised to take the project to the next level was not able to provide support at any level. If something changes, we will keep you informed. We have big ambitions for the project and we will get there one leap at a time!
Calculate the cost of everything, contribute that amount, then select the highest reward, and in the final survey (once the kickstarter is complete) we will ask you what extras you would like. :)
We know that the Garden Tower doesn't quite match most customers preferred color palette, but this is why white is actually an exceptionally well performing color:
- Light that filters between plant foliage is reflected back to the underside of other foliage ensuring that Garden Tower operates as a solar-efficient organic machine for maximum abundance.
- The white body reflects visible light and heat which is important to maintaining a climate-controlled interior for the cool compost (vermicompost) proces. The compost temperature is regulated by a) the shading of the plant canopy around the Garden Tower, b) the reflective exterior, c) the evaporative cooling of the surrounding vegetation, and d) the 8" thick soil column that encompasses the compost tube and provides exceptional thermal stability.
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