About this project
Thank you to our amazing backers for a spectacular launch of the Garden Tower 2! See project updates to watch the progress! -- Click here.
"The Garden Tower is the solution for food deserts......this is exactly what our cities need." -- Will Allen, Growing Power (Milwaukee, WI)
In our last kickstarter, backers helped us raise almost $90,000 to begin producing Garden Towers by hand. Since then we've shipped over 4,000 towers to the people of the United States. Across all different climates, and installed in yards, patios, decks, balconies, and roof-tops alike, Garden Tower owners love --
- Growing 50 plants in just 4 square feet of space
- Using food scraps to power the integrated vermi-composting nutrient delivery system (the core of every Garden Tower)
- Harvesting the freshest, most nutritious veggies, fruits, & herbs
- Avoiding herbicides, pesticides, and other contaminants
- Having their own 'garden' in places it wasn't possible before
- Enjoying better success and vastly reduced water use in hot climates and longer growing seasons in cold regions
- Reducing their grocery bill, food waste, and trash!
- Employing the Garden Tower as a powerful component in education programs about food, gardening, and ecological processes
Gardening with ease -- for fun, for food, and for life!
The moment a person begins growing food in a Garden Tower they are closer to a healthier life and contributing to a more resilient system of agriculture. It's imperative that we work to distribute Garden Towers efficiently and globally, which is why we are here today.
We've created an all-new generation of Garden Tower that performs better, has new features, and is machine manufactured versus the current intensive hand-built process that severely limits the Garden Tower's distribution.
The design, prototyping, and manufacturing of the new Garden Tower has been extremely complex as it involves creating very costly precision molds. With the capabilities of the core Garden Tower concepts well proven we felt confident in taking that next step, investing our lives, and are astounded with the results:
Introducing the Garden Tower 2
A breakthrough in small-space gardening, the Garden Tower 2 is an ecological nutrient recycling system taken to a whole new level. The new design is simple, elegant, and extraordinarily easy to use.
While the first Garden Tower worked well, here are some of the things we've improved:
Enhanced nutrient distribution: The vermicompost tube at the core of every Garden Tower features 265% more perforations for greater access by plant roots and enhanced vermicompost aeration
Stacking & nesting planting rings: Customizable tower height and substantially reduced shipping size
It rotates! 360 degree rotation made possible by a robust integrated bearing track = optimized sun exposure and better plant access
Removable compost tea drawer and compost screen: A major ease-of-use upgrade for better access and less bending over
- Wide, reinforced, anchorable feet: Easily install castors wheels or attach the tower securely to a rooftop, etc.
100% Recyclable, Food-contact grade plastic: No plasticizers, no BPA, no phthalates. Only food-grade dye, antioxidant for UV protection, and high quality USA HDPE & polypropylene plastics
To produce the all-new Garden Tower we need to fulfill a minimum number of orders for production to be efficient and economically sustainable. For this brief Kickstarter only we are able to offer the Garden Tower 2 for only $232 delivered to the doorstep of the Kickstarter community. This pricing will never be offered again. Beyond this event, the Garden Tower 2 will sell for $350 to $400 to allow independent garden stores to cover their expenses and offer the Garden Tower 2 directly to customers (most stores need to bring in two dollars on every dollar they spend). If we meet this funding goal together it enables you and a huge community of new and lifelong gardeners to take control of their agriculture, health, and access to food.
Want to learn more about the Garden Tower Project story and how the Garden Tower works? Take a look at this 3-minute video featuring the original Garden Tower:
The 2015 growing season will be upon us before you know it, and now is the perfect time to be prepared with a new option to grow your food as you choose with the many added conveniences and enhancements available with the Garden Tower 2.
Gardening in your community (by any method possible) helps to:
- Increase the sustainability of the food supply
- Improve Food Security in urban and suburban communities
- Transform Food Deserts into more healthy, liveable areas
Reduce dependence on the centralized agriculture system creating a more resilient, efficient distributed agriculture system
(All rewards listed below are still available!) (we ship to Canada!)
$x - We're sending Christmas & Holiday Postcards to stuff in stockings with every pledge level! (address request form will be sent by email Dec 10th)
$5 - Fund "Give a School a Garden" programs! The Project matches these donations transforming your generosity into fuel for passionate educators to implement turn-key ecological programming at schools we've connected with from Hawaii to Nova Scotia.
$180 - Actually "Give a School a Garden!" We currently work with over 45 schools and have many on the waiting list. Have a school in mind? The first step is to identify a passionate instructor that we can coordinate with.
$218 - Local Supporter Special -- Pickup a Garden Tower 2 in Bloomington, Indiana in March. Oh, and we're throwing in a whole lot of good quality potting soil!
$232 - ONE GARDEN TOWER 2 shipped to your door this February.This INCLUDES the cost of shipping to all 50 US States and Puerto Rico! (most popular: click here to pre-order)
$440 - TWO GARDEN TOWER 2's shipped to your door this February. This INCLUDES the cost of shipping to all 50 US States and Puerto Rico!
$650 - THREE GARDEN TOWER 2's shipped to your door this February.This INCLUDES the cost of shipping to all 50 US States and Puerto Rico!
$1600 - EIGHT GARDEN TOWER 2's shipped by freight this February. This INCLUDES the cost of shipping to all 50 US States!
$1650 - EIGHT GARDEN TOWER 2's and a massive high quality collection of organic Non-GMO seeds shipped by freight this February.This INCLUDES the cost of shipping to all 50 US States!
$2500 - Below-zero-profit Community Garden Installation anywhere is the USA or Canada. We work with your community to implement your vision of a community garden. 100% of funds go to materials, freight costs, and equipment (not our time, human travel, writing, etc.). Have a vision? Share it with us and we will do everything we can to make it a reality.
Visit www.GardenTowerProject.com for more information
Here are some things our customers have had to say:
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.
Mary Anhueser (Indiana) (click on video!)
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!
Find many more photos and stories on our facebook page. We look forward to hearing about your Garden Tower 2!
The making of the Garden Tower 2:
We appreciate your consideration. From all of us at the Garden Tower Project, we sincerely thank you for your support!
Colin, Tom, Joel, and our Team
- Using a Garden Tower: (2 minute short video featuring the original Garden Tower)
- More Garden Tower Testimonials
- Even more Garden Tower Photos!
- Much more information on gardening with a Garden Tower is available under the Resources Tab of our website: www.GardenTowerProject.com
Video: Organic Patio Farming with the Garden Tower -- Created by StartUp-USA and featured on PBS
Risks and challenges
We've faced numerous challenges over the life of the Garden Tower Project and the development of multiple Garden Towers. 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 the Garden Tower 2 -- 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 with your support.
We've been working on this ultimate mass-producable version of the Garden Tower for over three years while simultaneously proving and improving the hand-built Garden Towers. The Garden Tower 2 has been refined through state-of-the-art structural design and loading models (in systems used to develop and test medical devices), full-scale prototyping (extremely costly), and literally hundreds of design revisions to create the best product possible. The precision molds from which each part of the Garden Tower 2 will be made have already been machined, sampled, and are ready to run!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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The "Back This Project" green button will take you to the order page where you select your reward -- click on the circle next to the reward you want. The checkout process is pretty straightforward from there. Your card will not be charged until December 8th.
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YES, and NO -- the 2 and 3 unit packs can be shipped to individual addresses (opposite sides of the country if you wish!). However, the 8 unit bulk packs require freight transport and cannot be divided under any circumstances.
The Garden Tower 2 has a diameter of 23 inches except at the base where the feet have a span of about 26 inches. The height of the Garden Tower 2 (in the configuration offered) is 44 inches.
The Garden Tower 2 design uses about 32lbs of high quality USA food-grade plastic resin. It is heavier-duty than the Garden Tower 1.1 which has been describe as a finely crafted "tank" of a container gardening system. 6.5 cubic feet of potting soil weighs about 40lbs dry, 160lbs wet (it will hold about 15 gallons of water at "field capacity"). Add compostables and the complete watered system is about 200-230 lbs which is easily supported by a deck or balcony. The entire unit is easy to move by furniture dolly and the legs accept standard non-tapered 3/8" heavy duty caster wheels for regular mobility (not included).
We met our funding goal in 33 minutes, but that does not impact the date from which funds will be requested through your payment method. That date is December 8th and it is firm.
We will likely specify several dates and time windows to make the process as convenient as possible for everybody. The location will be in Bloomington, Indiana 47404 (more details to come). If March doesn't work for you (say, you're in Florida or something), just make arrangements with us!
The Garden Tower 2 has "shelf-like" surfaces at the bottom of each ring which will prevent soil compaction and reduce the soil requirement slightly. Potting soils vary significantly in density (and packed/loose measured volumes), but as a general guideline we suggest 6 to 7 cubic feet of potting soil per Garden Tower 2.
All backers will receive a great deal on the additional rings and tubes through a custom coupon when they become available in our store in January or February. They cannot ship with the Garden Tower 2 due to shipping size constraints (and also, we're trying to streamline fulfillment to get as many orders out the door as possible). The coupon will arrive via an update to all backers after the close of the Kickstarter; and we will send out a reminder when the rings and tube sections are available in the webstore.
Thank you for your patience!
Exclusively for Garden Tower 2 backers, Uncle Jim's Worm Farm is providing a custom package of 400 red wigglers and 100 night crawlers shipped to your door for only $22!
Each backer will receive a link to the custom worm package as well as a discount code at the close of the project. (Please don't order your worms before setting up your tower(!); it's best to add fresh compostable kitchen scraps for a week before adding your worms).
You can also purchase your worms locally or even get them from a friend or vermiculturist on craigslist!
If you live in Canada, please consider http://www.redwormcomposting.com/ as a worm supplier; we've had a nice relationship with Bentley for four years.
We've just learned that Uncle Jim's does not ship to Hawaii; we're working to find some recommended suppliers on the Islands. If you know of one, please send us a message.
Briefly -- wonderful!
- Please consider the bulk-rate multi-packs (also, you can double your pledge at any level to order a larger number of Garden Tower 2's by bulk pallet).
- For this campaign only we are offering free freight shipping for the USA.
- There will be MAP agreements for both online and B&M marketplaces to protect margins and advertising investments for our partner businesses, please send us a message to learn more.
For further information please write Clark@gardentowerproject.com or call 1-844-GROW-GTP
Thank you for your interest in making the Garden Tower 2 even more available!
Please check over the FAQ and see Kickstarter's FAQs for backers, but if you can't figure something out just send us a message, or call/text 765-228-9613 and we will do whatever we can to make the process easier. Thank you!
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