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Tower to Table Starts at Home

Each week, I am privileged to share about a new or current vertical urban farmer making a positive difference in a unique way. However, this week I am breaking the trend and sharing another side of the Future Growing® story, one which demonstrates how homeowners are evolving into one of the fastest-growing sectors of the local food movement today.

Thanks to the partnership Future Growing® established with Juice Plus® for our residential/homeowner division in early 2011, the patented, vertical aeroponic Tower Garden® has now become the most widely-used and successful form of outdoor hydroponics in home gardens across the United States and Canada.

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Tower Garden® vertical aeroponic growing system.

Tim Blank, creator of the Tower Garden

Tim Blank, developer of the Tower Garden® and founder/CEO of Future Growing LLC, blends freshly-harvested vegetables.  (Click photo to enlarge)

How did this all happen? Years ago, before the local food movement had really emerged into what it is today, we began developing the patented Tower Garden® into the world’s first, simplified, “plug-and-play” outdoor aeroponics vegetable garden. Our vision was that every family in America and across the world would someday have the opportunity to grow healthy fruits and vegetables in the comfort of their own back yards or balconies.

We believed that the future of health care would have to transform from “disease care” to establishing healthy lifestyles for disease prevention. Modern science has now shown that more fresh fruits and vegetables in our diet—replacing processed foods, sugar, dairy, and meats—leads to a longer and more robust life with less chronic disease. It is really just that simple.

To help enable families to garden in the modern era, where both parents work and space is limited, gardening had to become fun, simplified, and easy to do—which has now become the Tower Garden® way. Through the process of living a healthier life, each family is also reducing its carbon footprint, water, and land use, while consuming produce that is extraordinarily healthy, nutritious, and free of harmful chemicals or diseases often found in today’s food supply.

Tim Blank speaks at Juice Plus conference

Tim Blank speaks at the recent Juice Plus+ Leadership Conference in Orlando, FL.  (Click photo to enlarge)

Last weekend, I attended and presented at the Tower Garden Juice Plus Leadership Conference at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, Florida. What an amazing event! More than 5,000 health and wellness individuals attended, including several hundred medical doctors, nurses, and health professionals.Tower Gardens at preschool

Walking the halls of this event, I observed the extraordinary vitality and health of people that consume a diet filled with fruits and vegetables. I had the opportunity to learn from several of the country’s top doctors about current research and the practical application of adding more fruits and vegetables to our diet. I was excited to learn from Dr. Bill Sears, “America’s Pediatrician”, who spoke on children’s health.

Dr. Bill Sears

Dr. Bill Sears

Dr. David Katz

Dr. David Katz

Then, Dr. David Katz enlightened the audience as he spoke about “Sense, Science, and Bridging the Gap of our Nation’s Diet”.

Dr. Sears and Dr. Katz were just a few of the amazing doctors presenting at the conference. The common thread all the expert health professionals shared was that eating more fruits and vegetables is essential to good health, and we now have an established mountain of modern science to prove that.

If you want to learn more about the amazing Tower Garden® for home use, you can visit http://www.TowerGarden.com. Our mission: Inspiring Healthy Living Around the World.

Tim Blank
Founder and CEO, Future Growing® LLC

Stepping Up for the Homeless of Los Angeles

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I am excited to announce the opening of a new rooftop farm in the heart of Los Angeles supporting the area’s chronically homeless.

Step Up on Vine

Step Up on Vine. (Click photo to enlarge)

Step up on Vine, a Platinum LEED-certified, 34-room permanent housing facility for the homeless featuring an expansive Future Growing® rooftop aeroponic farm, is the result of a $12 million renovation of an abandoned hotel in Hollywood.

I firmly believe that the homeless should have access to the same quality nutrition and food that everyone else has access to, and this ground-breaking new facility does just that. For 25 years, the Step Up on Second organization has provided psychosocial rehabilitation and support, including permanent supportive housing, to people affected by severe and persistent mental illness in the Los Angeles area.

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Kobe Bryant, Vanessa Bryant, Tod Lipka, and Bill Clinton. (Click photo to enlarge)

The Step Up Foundation, led by president and CEO Tod Lipka, decided to support the city’s homeless even further by adding a Future Growing® rooftop farm, which provides a year-round supply of fresh, chemical-free lettuce, fruits, vegetables, and herbs from the rooftop. You cannot get fresh, sustainable produce that is more local than produce that was picked a few feet from your apartment! Importantly, the farm is also providing vocational training and horticultural therapy for the homeless.


Chives. (Click photo to enlarge)

The vertical aeroponic Tower Garden® farm allows for a huge amount of produce to be grown in a small footprint, while still providing room for a peaceful and healing sanctuary for the building’s tenants in the middle of a busy metropolitan environment. The rooftop farm significantly reduces the carbon footprint of food and contributes to the building’s LEED points by using up to 95% less water, 90% less space, and safe food-grade growing materials.

Tim Blank and Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant and Tim Blank. (Click photo to enlarge)

As a member of the Clinton Global Initiative Call to Action, we are excited to share that the Clinton Global Initiative, Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Foundation, Step Up Foundation, and many other contributors have taken this multi-year project to reality. A special thanks to Aileen Getty and the Getty Foundation for her vision and passion for extraordinary health, which made this opportunity possible. I would also like to thank Tod Lipka and the entire team at the Step Up Foundation for their tireless efforts paving new territory in developing a local food program for their homeless housing.


President Clinton’s tour of the rooftop. (Click photo to enlarge)

After former President Bill Clinton visited the rootop Tower Garden® farm during Step up On Vine’s grand opening, he said, “It’s just a blessing to me that my friends…wanted this to be a LEED certified building. And when I was going through it, Rick Fedrizzi, the head of the National Green Building Council, looked at me and said, it’s not just LEED, its ‘Platinum’ LEED.  That’s the highest rating you can gain. It’s good for the Los Angeles economy and it is good for lowering your long-term energy burden.”

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President Clinton and Tod Lipka.
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In addition, President Clinton was very impressed with the Future Growing vertical aeroponic farming technology. “I went up on the roof and saw the garden. I was eating out of the garden, sort of like a rabbit. It’s the way it is—you grow up in the country, you’re used to eating out of the ground, and you do it when you can! It’s really wonderful,” he said.

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An interview with Tim Blank.
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Future Growing® is honored to be a part of this magnificent project that not only impacts the lives as the homeless in Los Angeles, but all those who visit and work at Step Up on Vine. To support this great organization, visit http://www.stepuponsecond.org/index.html.

Tim Blank
Founder and CEO, Future Growing® LLC