Future Growing® vertical aeroponic Tower Garden® farms range in size from 10-tower turnkey micro-farms to large-scale acreage located under controlled environment greenhouses. Because of the modular nature of the technology and extraordinary growing power of the system, we see our farms popping up in incredibly unique and diverse locations. The Iron Towers urban farm in Middletown, CT is certainly no exception!
The Iron Scissors Salon and Spa underwent an extreme makeover in 2013. People passing by the salon couldn’t help but notice the large vertical garden—the first of its kind in Connecticut—in the salon’s front parking lot.
Owner Jessica Solé says the garden is an extension of her philosophy that clients should leave her establishment looking and feeling their best. “We’re very cutting-edge here, and wellness is a big trend,” Solé told the Middletown Press. “Our mission is to get people to feel their best, inside and out.”
“The growing system is cutting-edge also, using aeroponic Tower Gardens® to grow the plants instead of soil. The system was developed by Future Growing®, a company Tim Blank founded following his work at Disney’s exhibit on The Land at EPCOT Center Theme Park. The Tower Garden® is a completely self-contained system that can be used anywhere. Once plugged in, the unit recycles the water every 15 minutes, creating a soothing ‘waterfall’ sound effect. There are no weeds to deal with, and the system lends itself well to natural and ecological pest control. Iron Towers’ plants grow much quicker than they would if they were grown in soil,” Sole told the newspaper.
While most produce Americans consume produce that is contaminated with pesticides, Iron Towers does not use any pesticides in its operation. “We love to take lettuce right off the towers and feed our clients, knowing that they are eating high quality, chemical-free plants,” Solé said.
This spring, the Iron Scissors Tower Garden® farm is expected to start growing nearly 500 plants, including squash, hot peppers, tomatoes, mixed lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, zucchini, cucumbers, dill, basil, and arugula. The salon is expanding to offer counseling on health and nutrition, and installed a juice bar. Produce from the farm is available at a mini farmers’ market, and — in a first for the Tower Garden® — will be used in masks for the spa, and in salads for its clients.
The Iron Towers urban farm will be open in mid-April and will have fresh produce, seedlings, and gardening classes available throughout the spring and summer. Iron Towers Farm is located in front of the Iron Scissors Salon at 330 South Main Street in Middletown, CT. You can also call Iron Scissors at 860-344-8418.
Keep up the great work, Iron Towers!
Founder and CEO, Future Growing® LLC