California Entrepreneur Leads Rooftop Tower Garden® Farm To Extraordinary Success

Chapala Gardens

This week, I am re-posting a blog I shared in April, about Chapala Gardens’ rooftop farm. Since my visit this spring, Jake Kelly’s farm continues to expand and realize significant success.

This extraordinary young woman has really become an important part of the local food scene in Santa Barbara, Calif. If you live in Santa Barbara and want to buy local food, you can find Jake and her delicious, chemical-free local produce at the Sunday Farmer’s Market in Goleta from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Chapala Gardens is also open for shopping on Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and on Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For Chapala Garden’s address and directions, visit If you live on the east coast, see Jake in Orlando, Florida on Thursday, October 17. She will be providing training on the patented Tower Garden® technology at the Tower Garden/Juice Plus Fall Leadership Conference at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, October 17 through October 19.

Chapala Gardens

Chapala Gardens’ rooftop farm in Santa Barbara, CA. Almost a ton of produce can be harvested annualy from this small rooftop. (Click photo to enlarge)

Now in its second year of operation, Chapala Gardens has been extraordinarily successful in making local, healthy, chemical-free, low-carbon footprint food readily available to its friends and neighbors in Santa Barbara.

Behind every successful “green” business is a person with a passion, and that is certainly true for 25-year-old Jake Kelly, the head grower for Chapala Gardens. Jake has been passionate about growing healthy food since she was young girl. She grew up in Waldorf Education, where farming was part of the curriculum. After she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, she went to Europe to work and learn on organic farms.

Jake Kelly

Jake Kelly holds a bouquet of lettuce.
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While she was away, her parents Joy and Sandy decided to open California’s first vertical aeroponic Future Growing® rooftop farm. When she returned home, Jake immediately took on the role as head grower of Chapala Gardens and launched the thriving business.  Jake was recently nominated for Young Female Entrepreneur 2013 in Santa Barbara CA.

Now, Jake’s rooftop farm is home to 40 commercial Tower Gardens® with 44 plants per tower.

Jake’s successful business has 3 main areas of focus:

  1. Providing food for the community through the local farmers market.
  2. Leading a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm.
  3. Educating and training people how to do the same thing right in their own back yard.
Jake Kelly

Jake Kelly with freshly harvested “living” lettuce.
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As a young woman with a big heart who cares about the planet and humanity, Jake is on a mission to show people that there is a solution to the environmental challenges we all face with new and innovative green technologies.

At a recent health and wellness event, Jake shared, “We are simply running out of water in California and no one knows what to do! I do know what to do, and I have a solution. I can grow an enormous amount of plants vertically on my rooftop and patio with as little as five percent of the water as the farmers up the road. I don’t use contaminated water, herbicides, or harmful chemicals. My food is nutrient-dense, clean, and free of harmful pathogens. We can all do this; it is really simple and it’s the right thing to do!”

Tim Blank
Founder and CEO, Future Growing® LLC

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