What We Have Done

- The Growing Connection, a project of the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) of the United Nations installed EarthBox® community gardens to fight hunger and poverty and to advance peaceful coexistence by connecting participants from all around the world using internet technology.

- When the Growing Connection ended in 2011, EarthBox® initiated the EarthBox for World Food Day Campaign to continue the fight to alleviate hunger.

- On Earth Day 2009, The Growing Connection participated in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm-To-Fork Festival at USDA headquarters in Washington, D.C. The People's Garden was unveiled during the festival at the Whitten Building, and featured organic vegetable gardens, including EarthBox® container gardening systems with crops grown in an OMRI-certified organic medium.

- The EarthBox® community garden at the Binghamton Housing Authority pairs senior citizens with at-risk youth in an intergenerational program that gives new meaning to being “rooted” in one’s community. Seniors and youth plant, nurture, harvest and eat the healthy produce they grow during shared meals at housing authorities across the city.

Students in after school programs in New York City collaborated with the New York City Cooperative Extension to grow out 300 corn filled EarthBox® gardening systems for a General Motors Exhibit which focused on ethanol fuel production at the Nextfest Conference held at the Javitts Center in 2005.
Google chefs in NYC and California use EarthBox® container gardening systems to grow organic produce to satisfy the needs of the vegan community, and other health conscious employees and visitors who dine at their facilities.
A collaboration of interdepartmental employees at MIT installed an EarthBox® container rooftop garden on their parking garage to provide healthy produce for faculty and employees.
In January 2009, community members in Clemson, SC, Upstate Locavores, started raising funds to purchase EarthBox® gardening systems for financially-challenged local families. One EarthBox® container was purchased for each of 23 families identified by local agencies as in need of assistance. An additional 12 more EarthBox® systems were purchased in June 2009 as the fundraising efforts continued. Most of the recipient families have a volunteer mentor who helps them plant and keeps in touch with them about their progress. Some families are helping each other, while others are growing their produce on their own. The South Carolina Botanical Garden supplied the transplants (mostly tomatoes) for the EarthBox® gardens. A Sociology professor from Clemson is doing follow up research to see how the program effected the participating families.
A group called Lakewood Alive in Ohio and the city of Buckhannon, West Virginia, beautify their towns by lining their streets, bridges and rooftops with planted EarthBox® gardening systems that are maintained by participants fulfilling their requirement to complete community service hours.
Winners of the EcoMedia and CBS Corp Green My Schools Contest grow out EarthBox® community gardens as a vital component of the project in three schools: Northwestern High School in Miami, Dirkson Middle School in Chicago, Rosa Parks Elementary School in San Francisco.
Girl Scout Troops earn their Gold Award and Harvest Badge by installing, nurturing and harvesting an EarthBox® community garden that will provide fresh produce to their local Food Pantry in Long Island, New York.
Brick City Urban Farm, now operating at a state level under its new name, Garden State Urban Farms, “greened” a brown lot to provide affordable, healthy produce to folks living in a food desert area of Newark, New Jersey. A film about the project, screened at the Green Building Film Festival was held in Phoenix in November, 2009.
In Chicago, celebrity chef, Rick Bayless, eliminates any threat of E. Coli contamination, by growing crops in his EarthBox® rooftop gardens to produce a "Rooftop Salsa" that he sells locally at his restaurants, Frontera Grill and XOCO. The restaurants are located just several stories below the gardens!
Lake County Health Department & Community Health Center use EarthBox® gardening systems at four of their five WIC sites, where they don't have land to have an actual garden. They typically plant tomatoes, peppers and herbs so they can show WIC clients how to grow plants themselves at home. Sometimes, they are to have cooking demonstrations to show how to cook with the fresh produce.
Urban Roots uses EarthBox® Garden Guides in Oakland, California to teach entrepreneurial skills to inner city dwellers who learn to grow food in urban settings using EarthBox® container gardening systems.
The EarthBox® Garden at the Discovery Science Center in Binghamton, New York provides a focal point for several programs. At-risk youth grow produce in EarthBox® systems to learn to plant, nurture, and harvest food crops; while learning the names and nutritional value of the vegetables. Then, they integrate their harvest into a history lesson by using the vegetables to cook, serve, and eat historically-defined meals like those served at Colonial Williamsburg at Thanksgiving. In addition, EarthBox® container gardens are incorporated into the Story Garden to enhance a magical setting for young children to visit and relate the displayed plants to the books that they read, or that are read to them by staff or parents.
The United Way in Broome County, New York distributes EarthBox® gardening systems and guides across the county to provide developmentally disabled adult citizens, and seniors confined to wheelchairs; the tools they need to plant, nurture, harvest, and sell produce to raise funds, and their self esteem, by donating the money to the Food Pantry.
The Museum of Science and Industry chose to make a Smart Home smarter with an EarthBox® Food Production Garden cared for by the students from Brete Hart Elementary School and Illinois of Chicago Master Gardeners. SMART Home Architect, Michele Kaufmann, has now become a strong advocate of adding food production to green building applications.
Chicago Hope brings the hope of the harvest to homeless youth who grow out crops in their EarthBox® community garden and use the EarthBox® Correlated Curriculum to learn the science behind plants, light, soil, water and nutrition with the help of the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension.
Tri-County Community Action Partnership in Southern New Jersey is growing fresh produce in an EarthBox® community garden to provide the community with healthy, inexpensive fare, as well as to educate them on how to grow their own food. This project, Mill Creek Urban Farm, home for 600 EarthBox® systems is on a 4-acre tract. Harvests include zucchini, peppers, basil, tomatoes, melons, eggplants, and salad greens. The homegrown food will be sold to local schools and restaurants, at Farmer's Markets, and distributed to "in-need" residents. There will also be community training sessions to teach about container gardening and agriculture. As Mr. Albert B. Kelly, President and CEO of Tri-County, points out, "This being a farming area, the concept came naturally. I grew up in Mill Street, so this is kind of going full circle for me." Tri-County's long term plans include the use of renewable energy and green technology in harvesting solar energy, water resource management, and controlled environmental agriculture through greenhouses, hydroponics and an expansion of their EarthBox® system. This Community Action Partnership is a private, non-profit organization serving New Jersey's Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties. It's supported by funding from the American Reinvestment and Recovery
Gino Merli Veteran's Center in Scranton, Pennsylvania enhances the limited space of their existing Victory Garden with an EarthBox® container garden that is also accessible to residents with wheelchairs. Boy Scouts assist in the planting of the garden that provides the center with oodles of produce that feeds the residents and becomes a pleasant meeting area and conversation piece for visitors.
As one of 66 conservation districts in Pennsylvania, the Luzerne County Conservation District is a non-profit, local government entity whose mission is to provide for the conservation of the natural resources of Luzerne County. It does this by ensuring a sustainable balance between protection of the environment and the benefit of the county residents. The Luzerne County Conservation District Watershed Program Coordinator installed an EarthBox® systems demonstration garden on-site to show how the system prevents non-point-source pollution and water conservation. Each year the district distributes about 30 EarthBox® container garden systems to residents to help them to conserve by using the system.
Bruce Trumbower is a member of the Luzerne County Conservation District Board of Directors; he also oversees, maintains, and promotes a greenhouse at Clark-Summit State Hospital for the Mentally Ill. He grows 50+ EarthBox® container gardening systems to produce fresh crops that is planted, nurtured and harvested by salaried in-patients and out-patients who sell the produce to the staff and at periodic community sales.
The EarthBox® Fire Station Project in Flagstaff, Arizona allows fire station personnel at 7 sites to experience the joy of growing and harvesting great organic food at all the stations located on sterile stone, gravel and cement. The EarthBox® gardens are neat, compact and beautiful; very efficient in their use of water here in the cold, high desert. The firemen move the portable EarthBox® containers indoors at night to protect them from the lower temperatures of the high desert.
Cooperative Extension organizations around the country grow EarthBox® demonstration gardens to educate the community about container gardens.

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