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--- READ BELOW! (Very important update) ---

Good news from Garden Tower Project: an angel donor, who shares our commitment to food security across the planet, has promised us funding. Our path is clear: onward to the next generation Garden Tower and healthy, organic, home-grown food for everyone!

As we near the end of our Kickstarter campaign, we at Garden Tower Project want to thank all our pledgers and fans for the tremendous outpouring of support you have given us. Your faith in us has given us the clear message that this is something the world needs and wants now. A huge shout-out to Kickstarter too, for hosting us and being instrumental in our project's development.   And to our angel donor, our gratitude is boundless.

We want to stay in touch. All pledgers will receive updates (not too many!) of our progress, and we encourage everybody else to sign up on our website “contact us” page to receive updates.  The future looks bright for Garden Tower Project! Thanks again, and may your summer gardens be abundant!  
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The Garden Tower is a 50-plant vertical container garden that transforms your kitchen scraps directly into organic fertilizer.  This rapid internal worm-driven composting system, along with the Garden Tower’s low-evaporation design and other innovative features, creates incredibly healthy growing conditions.   The result is considerably faster and more abundant veggie, flower, and herb growth than conventional gardening can offer. (See it in action!)

Handmade first-generation Garden Towers, pledge for the New Next-Generation Garden Tower (scroll down!)

The Garden Tower Project is a new, socially-responsible company begun here in Bloomington, Indiana by Colin Cudmore, Joel Grant, and Ramsay Harik.  Together, we share a vision of a world enhanced by easier gardening, healthier produce, and food security for all.  And we believe that the Garden Tower can play a big part in that.

The Garden Tower is perfect for gardeners of all sorts, especially the millions who lack access to land to start a garden, those with physical restrictions, and beginning gardeners.  Anyone who is ready for a faster, easier way to grow food will love it.  Absolutely no gardening experience is necessary.  The design is elegant in its simplicity, and initial setup is straightforward and easy (click here to see how easy!). 

With the Garden Tower there is nothing to plug in or re-order, as there often is with expensive hydroponic systems.  Because of its vertical design, it can grow food anywhere there is adequate light.  It’s perfect for decks, patios, rooftops, balconies, sidewalks, etc. etc.  Plus, the Garden Tower is Made in Indiana!

NEXT-GENERATION GARDEN TOWERS--PLEDGE FOR ONE TO THE RIGHT! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------->      

We at Garden Tower Project, along with several local Master Gardeners, have done extensive testing on our original design (see the original Garden Tower). The results have exceeded even our own expectations (testimonials).  We have been so pleased with our testing that we have decided to make a new, improved model that can be produced quickly, efficiently, and affordably.  Our goal is to help people everywhere feed themselves healthy organic food, regardless of income.  Instead of the 1200-1500 average miles that produce travels to reach your plate, we say 10-15 feet makes a whole lot more sense.

Benefits of the Next Generation Garden Tower:

  • a) Precision-molded of durable foodgrade plastic and UV stable to allow years of continuous use. Because the main body will be injection-molded of one solid piece, it can be shipped to you virtually fully assembled. It will come in natural-looking terracotta color.
  • b) Easily rotates on its base to allow you to precisely determine the amount of sun all plants receive.
  • c) Collecting the worm tea used to fertilize the plants will be easier with the removable catch basin.
  • d) Removing the worm castings from the compost tube will be easier and neater. Pulling out the latch (gate) above the drawer opens the bottom of the compost tube, allowing worm castings to empty into the same basin used to collect the worm tea.
  • e) The compost tube will have a flared top to make it easier to load your kitchen scraps.
  • f) It will have much wider legs to increase stability on many types of surfaces.

At the Garden Tower Project we are passionate about healthy food for everyone.  We believe in doing everything we can as a sustainable and responsible business to help those most in need.  The Garden Tower is a uniquely viable solution for areas of the world where poor soil conditions, water scarcity, flooding and drought contribute to chronic hunger.  This is because the Garden Tower creates its own self-contained ecosystem.  It can be moved as needed, uses significantly less water than conventional gardening, and increases rather than depletes soil nutrients. And the several gallons of worm castings it produces annually can be used to help rejuvenate soil in gardens and fields outside the Garden Tower.

Conclusion:

This is where you and Kickstarter come in. To finance the production of our new model will take a major injection of start-up capital. Our target price for the new tower is $190-200 (plus delivery), a very affordable price but possible only if we can raise the money for injection molds.  Now that we have thoroughly tested our Garden Tower and have made some design changes to make it even easier to use, we’re ready to take our next big step.  With manufacturers lined up, shipping in place, and a web presence to help people learn about our product, we arrive at Kickstarter.

With Kickstarter funding, we won’t be bound by the big bank/investor imperative to maximize profit margins. Instead, we can make our Towers as affordable as possible, with much more control of our business practices.  Even more importantly, we need to maintain control of our company so that we can follow through on our commitment to making Garden Towers available at cost or less to urban gardening programs, inner-city schools, prison programs, women's shelters, anywhere the Garden Tower could really do some good. 

This socially-responsible business model is a huge part of who we are and what we’re doing.  In fact, we hope to join the many other Kickstarter businesses who are redefining what it means to do business in America. 

(Joel Grant, Ramsay Harik, and Colin Cudmore with a first generation Tower)

So much is wrong with our food system today.  But so much great work is being done to create a more sensible, sustainable, and healthy food system tomorrow. We at Garden Tower Project want to make a difference, and with your help, we will.  THANK YOU!

Lots of additional information at www.gardentowerproject.com!

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Facebook “Garden Tower Project Supporter” badge, and regular email updates (photo, video, and written) tracking our progress as we bring the Tower to the people. Experience along with us the evolution of our groundbreaking project!

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    Attractive window decal or bumper sticker (“I support the Garden Tower Project” with logo) with previous rewards.

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    All previous rewards and one white Garden Tower Project t-shirt to let everybody know you are a fan and supporter of Garden Tower Project. T-shirts are organic cotton, high quality, custom-sized, and very stylish.

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    All above rewards, except with TWO fun Garden Tower Project t-shirts, one for you and one for your gardening better half.

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    All above rewards (two t-shirts!), plus a quality hemp Garden Tower Project tote bag. Moreover, you can nominate a school or any other organization to receive Garden Towers for programs.

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    At this pledge level you will receive one next-generation Garden Tower including the cost of shipping to the lower 48. Towers will be shipped out in the order your pledge is received.

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    The LOCAL option! If you are in the neighborhood or a nearby region of Indiana, we will make your Garden Tower available for flexible local pickup (Bloomington, Indiana) with some added incentives – custom organic potting soil AND a batch of red wigglers and nightcrawlers, which means you’re all ready to plant!

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    You receive three next-generation Garden Towers or we will send three to a friend, school, or institution of your choice! (Lower 48 states) (We can suggest nominated programs).

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    You will be permanently listed on our website (with your permission) as an “angel contributor” whose significant support has enabled the Garden Tower Project to fulfill on our mission.

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    You will be permanently listed with a short bio (with your permission) on our website as a “Founding Patron” of the Garden Tower Project who has made this important work possible.

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Funding period

- (60 days)