In This Issue
Earth Day Then and Now
Retailer of the Month
Fresh from the Forum
>From Our Customers
Share Your Experience
Join Our Online Community
Every day is Earth Day at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa Bay, Florida!
The Nutrition and Dietetic Club of HCC started an EarthBox garden at the campus Child Development Center (CDC) in 2012. The gardens are located outside the classrooms, so the 3-5 year olds can easily tend to their "Fighting Hunger" boxes. Club President Tony Law, who also serves as the a Campus Beautification Landscaper, oversees the EarthBox gardens.
The gardeners have established a "sustainable loop" that starts, ends, and begins anew with compost. Every few days, Mr. Law gathers the compostable waste from the school's Gourmet Room, along with Starbucks coffee grounds, and composts them on campus, with the help of soldier fly larvae and beneficial bacteria from nature. The CDC preschoolers and culinary students visit the compost site each semester to observe.
The seeds that don't break down in the compost grow into plants, which the CDC youngsters plant and care for in EarthBoxes. These EarthBoxes are in customized wood stands created by the Emerging Green Builders and Designers Club. At harvest time, the culinary students and CDC children gather, so the children can show the students how they maintain the plants; the students, dressed in chef whites and hats, tell the children how they will use the fresh herbs for Gourmet Room meals.
To thank the preschoolers for maintaining the garden, the budding chefs arrange semester-end pizza parties. The children select the herbs, place them on the dough, and enjoy the baked pizza with their older colleagues. "They get to reap the rewards for being great EarthBox gardeners!" says Mr. Law.
The above photo shows Dr. Peter Saundry during a recent visit to the Earthbox Gardens at the HCC Child Development Center. Dr. Saundry is Executive Director of the National Council for Science and Environment (NCSE), and a Congressional Science Fellow with the U.S. Senate Budget Appropriation Committee.
Additional thanks go to the Nutrition and Dietetic Club, the Hospitality Club, the Emerging Green Builders and Designers Club, as well as the faculty, staff and students of the CDC, the Dietetic Program, The Culinary Program, and HCC itself, for allowing the project on campus.
For more information on starting your own EarthBox project, click here or contact our Education Department at 1-800-821-8838, ext. 8369.
Did you know EarthBox carries a nice line of beneficial garden organisms? Indeed we do, from helpful ladybugs and lacewings to beneficial worms like nematodes and red wrigglers.
Take a look at our stock, and choose some for your EarthBoxes!
We Have a Winner!
We've chosen the latest winner in our ongoing contest! Stella Moore of Coral Gables, Florida is the winner of this month's $25 EarthBox gift certificate, for this photo of the fantastic lettuce she grew on her patio.
Imagine the delicious salads she enjoyed as a result of her efforts!
Photo of the Month Contest
Want to win a $25 EarthBox gift certificate? Just send us your EarthBox success photos with the word "contest" in the subject line of your email, and you could be our next winner!
Please make sure your image is in .JPG format and at least 640×480 pixels or 5 x 7 inches at 72 dpi. We'll pick a new winner every month, and post the entry in an upcoming issue.
To place an order, call us at 866-727-5532 (24/7) or visit our online store. We accept PayPal in addition to all major credit cards.
How to Take Great Photos
As you can see, we use quite a few reader photos in our newsletters. Unfortunately, we use fewer than we might, because some of the photos we receive just aren't up to par for digital publication. Since we'd like to use more, we thought we'd provide a few suggestions on how to take better digital photos. Follow these six suggestions, and you should get a better percentage of good shots:
1. Take advantage of automatic settings and adjustments on your camera, to make it easier and faster to get great shots.
2. Make sure there's enough light; if natural light is minimal, a flash is advisable.
3. Including pets and people in your photos is a plus!
4. If you're taking a close-up shot of your harvest, try to get as close as possible to your subject, or use a zoom feature on your camera. The more objects you try to include, the less visible they will all be.
5. We prefer for the EarthBox(es) to be visible in the photos.
6. Remember: simplicity can lead to some magnificent shots. Keep it uncomplicated!
Try these tips next time you take some proud pictures of your EarthBox crop, summer or winter, and you're likely to see more of your photos published either here or in our Education newsletter -- or possibly even on our website or in our yearly catalog!
Spring is a joyous time for gardeners, as growth gets started in earnest, the trees begin to leaf out, and our butterflies and birds return to grace us with their helpful presence. As we embrace another growing season, let's consider ways to honor our Earth -- particularly on April 22, Earth Day. We've accomplished a great deal since the holiday's inception in 1970, but there's always more to do, and plenty of opportunities to do it.
P.S. We're giving away a free EarthBox every day in April to celebrate Earth Day. For more details, click here or check out our "What's Growing on EarthBox" section below.
||Earth Day, Then and Now
Forty-three years ago this month, the world celebrated the very first Earth Day: April 22, 1970. Every year since, concerned people around the world have set aside April 22 to recognize the bounty and resources offered so freely by our mother planet. Some mark the first Earth Day as the beginning of the first organized environmental movement. It's not just an American holiday; Earth Day is now observed in 192 countries all over the world.
We've made substantial strides toward repairing and protecting the environment since, but as anyone who pays attention to the news knows, we've got a long way to go. There are still plenty of opportunities to maximize our stewardship of planet Earth.
The Big Idea
Back in 1969, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson, was eyewitness to the horrible aftermath of a huge oil spill off Santa Barbara, California. What he saw inspired him to call for a more responsible stewardship of our planet...and on April 22 of the following year, he and 20 million other Americans demonstrated en masse in coast-to-coast rallies, demanding sustainable, healthy environmental policies. For the first time, all the smaller, less influential groups that had been protesting oil spills, air pollution, and other evidence of reckless environmental exploitation came together, joining hands in the realization of their common values.
That very first Earth Day not only raised global consciousness of the environment, it led to some historic Earth-saving legislation here in the United States, including the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air,
Clean Water, and
Endangered Species Acts.
By 1990 Earth Day had gone global, having reached 200 million people in 141 countries. That year's observance paved the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. In 1995, President Bill Clinton awarded Senator Nelson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor.
In 2010, the Earth Day Network (EDN) celebrated its 40th birthday. More than 225,000 people converged on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for a Climate Rally which generated 40 million individual environmental service actions toward its 2012 goal of A Billion Acts of Green. Meanwhile, the EDN's online community tripled to over 900,000, and the movement launched a million-tree planting initiative in association with film director James Cameron of Avatar and Titanic fame.
Today, the EDN includes 22,000 partners in 192 countries, where more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities each year. Earth Day is the largest civic observance in the world.
Continue Your Commitment
Every day can be Earth Day if you commit to making a difference. It doesn't cost a lot to do any of the following things:
- Use less electricity
- Conserve water
- Use green power
- Install solar panels
- Reuse and recycle
- Buy recycled products
- Grow your own produce
- Save fuel
- Walk more, drive less
- Buy local products
- Plant a tree
You can make a difference, and it's much easier than you might think. For more ways to help nurture the world, go to the Earth Day website and check National Geographic's Green Living site.
||Retailer of the Month
This month we salute Jericho Nursery, New Mexico.
Jericho Nursery is a full service garden center serving the Albuquerque community. They stock many varieties of trees, shrubs, grasses, and other plants, along with pottery, tools, garden art, and even a plant pharmacy.
Several Christmases ago, they began selling EarthBoxes. Customer satisfaction with growing in these containers is very high. Owner Rick Hobson notes that customers are receptive to growing suggestions, and they give a lot of positive feedback on their EarthBox growing experiences. Sales are most robust for the EarthBox systems in the spring.
For more information about Jericho, call 505-899-7555, visit www.jerichonursery.com, or stop by 101 Alameda Blvd. NW or 6921 Pan American Freeway NE, both in Albuquerque.
||Fresh from the Forum
New to EarthBox? Welcome! Check out our forum, where you'll find other members, both new and veteran, who will be glad to answer your questions and share information and photos. If you've got any questions about or need tips regarding the EarthBox itself, just click here.
||What's Growing on Facebook
We're Celebrating Earth Day every day with our EarthBox-A-Day Giveaway! Enter For a Chance to Win a FREE EarthBox EVERY DAY in April.
It's easy to grow healthy herbs, vegetables, and fruit in an EarthBox, and now it's just as easy to incorporate EarthBox in your Earth Day Celebration with our EarthBox-a-Day Giveaway! Every day in April, one winner will win a green Original EarthBox Gardening System, valued at $32.95. On Earth Day, April 22, 2013, one lucky winner will win the GRAND PRIZE of an EarthBox Complete Garden, valued at $235.
Enter as many times as you want every day in April for more chances to win. Visit the EarthBox Facebook Page to enter; you can learn more by clicking on the Sweepstakes link.
One winner will be randomly selected each day from April 1, 2013 - April 30, 2013. On April 22, 2013 a Grand Prize winner will be randomly selected to win an EarthBox Complete Garden (2 green Ready-To-Grow Kits, 2 green Staking Systems, and the 2-EarthBox Automatic Watering System). All winners will be announced on the EarthBox Facebook Page. For complete rules, terms, and conditions on the sweepstakes, please visit the Sweepstakes page.
||From Our Customers
"I've enjoyed seeing all the Earthbox photos. They are very inspiring and I would like to thank everyone for sharing. In that spirit, I am posting shots of my six boxes. They are on our balcony/deck.
"I am growing several varieties of heirloom tomatoes as well as basil and mustard greens. I rescued a kohlrabi that came up when harvesting another in the in-ground garden. I also stuck in some Brussels sprouts just to see what they look like close up. We've discovered that their leaves are tasty and make a welcome addition to our stir-fries and omelets!"
Avalon, Catalina Island, S. California
The wonderful photos and stories about EarthBox gardening that appear in this space every month come to us from folks like you. Just send us an email with your photos and a description, along with your name, planting zone, and city, and we'll take it from there. You never know when you might see your photo in a newsletter or catalog!
||Share Your EarthBox Experience
We appreciate your opinions about EarthBox products, and so do your peers. Because we recognize how helpful and valuable our customers' viewpoints can be, we would love to receive your comments -- whether positive or negative.
Here's the process: go to our website, click the category on the left column, and then click on the product name. Next, click on "Review this item," and start writing.
Thanks in advance for your help!
||Join Our Online Community
Join fellow EarthBox growers on Facebook or our Forum for interesting gardening discussions, EarthBox offers and resources, and to view awesome photos. Your fellow EarthBoxers are a wonderful source of information, always willing to advise you on your EarthBox issues!
Gardening with children in EarthBoxes? Find ideas for growing in or outside
the classroom on our Education Department Facebook page, in the Education section of our Forum, and in these videos.
You don't have to be an educator to find inspirational ideas on growing plants with youngsters. Videos are a members only feature, so if you're not already a Facebook member, you'll need to sign up.
You can also view tutorial videos on combination plantings, replanting your EarthBox, winterizing your EarthBox, and more on our EarthBox videos page.
The patented EarthBox was developed by commercial farmers, and proven in the lab and on the farm. Our maintenance-free, award-winning, high-tech growing system controls soil conditions, eliminates guesswork, and more than doubles the yield of a conventional garden -- with less fertilizer, less water and virtually no effort.
It's used successfully on a daily basis by commercial farmers, educators, and consumers. Distributors are also finding it to be a popular growing system.
EarthBox is a remarkably easy-to-set-up system that can be used to grow produce virtually anywhere. EarthBox systems have been incorporated into community gardens all over the world, enabling families and neighbors to share fresh produce, while minimizing work and expenses.
EarthBoxes can even be found in classrooms. Our EarthBox Pre-K through 12th grade standards-based curriculum can bring science to life, with hands-on cross-curricula lessons that teach principles of growing and nutrition utilizing the scientific method in student-driven experiments.
To find out more, visit www.earthbox.com. To request a catalog, call 888-917-3908