December 2011

In This Issue
EarthBox Education
Feature: Meet Junior!
Retailer of the Month
Fresh from the Forum
>From Our Customers
Please Write a Review!
Join Our Community
Ordering
About EarthBox

EarthBox Education

Washington College students in Chestertown, Maryland have more than homework on their "to-do" lists. Many WC students are also helping low income families in Kent County grow fresh vegetables in EarthBoxes, as part of the Community Garden Boxes project developed by Washington College Students in Free Enterprise (WC SIFE), a student organization.

WC SIFE volunteers time and skills to help Community Food Pantry clients become more self-sufficient and have better access to healthy meals. WC SIFE also assists families from the Sudlersville Even Start Family Literacy Program in Queen Anne's County.

Families are growing all kinds of vegetables in the EarthBoxes, including tomatoes, peppers, squash, zucchini, eggplant, and a variety of herbs, including parsley and cilantro. In addition to putting fresh food on their tables, the EarthBox harvest will be shared with family and friends; and for some, it will mean fresh tomato sauce!

Notes Dominic DiMarino, WC SIFE president, "Many of our families are renters, so they eventually move away. We've found that they take the EarthBoxes with them, which indicates that growing fresh produce is a priority.

"Many people work together to make this program a success, including WC SIFE student coordinators Vivek Patel and Karine Sager, Food Pantry President Jim Fouss and Director Miriam Greenlee, and Eric Broussard from the Betterton American Legion Post, who helps with deliveries.

"This project was made possible by a generous donation from the Women's League of Washington College, and through WC SIFE funding."

For more information, visit the WC SIFE website or the Kent Food Pantry.

For information on starting your own EarthBox project, click here or contact our Education Department at 1-800-821-8838, ext. 8348 or 8369.



New Contests!

Visit the EarthBox Education Department's new Facebook page for a warm welcome! "Like" it to become eligible to win a free EarthBox Snow Pea Guide, which engages children in the process of learning all about the Snow Pea. The first ten to "like," comment, and share will receive a guide.

If you're a science, social studies, consumer science, after school, environmental, service learning or community service instructor who wants to do something about world hunger, you can! Enter the EarthBox for World Food Day School Sweepstakes, for a chance to win a set of instructional tools that support World Food Day and teach science with a cross-content curriculum.

To prepare for the contest, just tell your students that one billion of the seven billion people in the world go hungry each day -- and that 14 million of them are fellow school-age children in the USA!

Then use a quote from Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, "I ask no more than the justice of eating," to inspire your students to write their own phrases about food security and world hunger.

On behalf of your students, submit as many phrases as you like to the EarthBox for World Food Day Sweepstakes. An EarthBox team of judges will select three winners, who will receive an EarthBox for World Food Day School Kit as well as an an EarthBox Ready to Grow Kit.

Hunger -- let's grow out of it!

For more information click here, or contact our Education Department at 1-800-821-8838, ext. 8348 or 8369.



We Have a Winner!

We've chosen the latest winner in our ongoing photo contest! Tom and Diane Seaman of Longmont, Colorado will receive a $25 EarthBox gift certificate for their wonderful photo. Here's their entry:

"We're having so much fun harvesting fresh salad greens while there's snow on the ground!" say Tom and Diane.

"We planted two kinds of lettuce, spinach, kale, and Swiss Chard in early October. We just wheel them inside at night.

"Thanks again for these wonderful EarthBoxes!"



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.


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Dear Customer,

It's amazing to realize that 2011 is already winding down, and we'll soon be facing the promise and challenges of a new year.

No doubt you're doing a lot of holiday shopping during this busy and festive month. Well, you need look no further than us for some great gift ideas -- not just for EarthBox growers, but for those tending other styles of gardens as well.

In addition to our great selection of items for gift-giving, we're introducing an exciting new product in January: EarthBox Junior! We designed the Junior with both beginners and veteran growers in mind. You can use it to ease your way into the world of EarthBox gardening, or experiment with growing in a small space, or simply reserve it for specialty produce or plants that don't require much room. It's all up to you.

Read on to learn more about Junior, and for holiday gift suggestions!

Happy holidays,

Frank DiPaolo
EarthBox


Meet Junior!

EarthBox Junior If you've been looking for an EarthBox solution for smaller spaces, or you'd like to introduce someone to EarthBox growing, then the EarthBox Junior is for you. Available in January, the Junior, which has been a terrific hit at recent trade shows, offers the same great technology as the original EarthBox, but in approximately half the size. It holds about one cubic foot of growing medium, with a water reservoir of 1.1 gallons. It's especially suited for herbs, greens, and flowers, and it's ideal for small spaces, especially decks and patios. Heads up, townhouse and apartment dwellers!

While Junior's not quite ready yet, we invite you to purchase gift certificates for Christmas now that can be used to purchase Junior when it comes out in January.

Specifications
Here are some basic specs on Junior:

  • It's small enough to be used indoors with a growlight, even on the kitchen counter.
  • It can be used as a window box (and will fit on brackets made for that purpose).
  • It comes in three colors: Green, Terracotta and White.
  • It measures 23 inches long by 7.25 inches high by 9.5 inches wide.
  • Replant kits are available in both regular and organic formats.
  • Replacement mulch covers are also available.
  • We'll offer it on our website and at retailers starting in late January.

Each kit contains one EarthBox Junior container, one aeration screen, one water fill tube, two mulch covers, eight ounces of fertilizer, eight ounces of dolomite, a four-inch clear saucer (drip catcher), and easy-to-follow instructions.

Filling a Need
We developed Junior because we felt there was a need for a smaller gardening system like the EarthBox. Many people just don't have much space, but still want to enjoy the gardening experience. It's a perfect companion planter for the classic EarthBox; you can grow your tomatoes in the large container, and your basil in the smaller one. Also, Junior offers first-time gardeners an opportunity to try EarthBox gardening at a lower opening price point. What's not to love?


Gift Ideas, and Free Shipping for the Holidays

Share the Joy this Holiday Season...Give the Gift of EarthBox!

Or perhaps a complete EarthBox kit or an assortment of accessories. And don't forget our EarthBox gift certificates! We even have plenty of gifts for those who aren't growing in EarthBoxes, from mini-gardens to organic products and tools.

Call us 24/7 or visit the EarthBox Store to place your holiday order. Order by Thursday, December 15, and we'll guarantee delivery in time for Christmas. EarthBoxes will be shipped in our special holiday shipping box at no extra charge!

Just use the code 11FRSH, and order at 888-917-3908 or www.earthbox.com.

Certain exclusions do apply; please see our website for details.

Tutorial Tuesdays

We have a surprise for everyone! We've produced a number of handy "how to" videos, so you can now see some of our staff members prepare and plant in EarthBoxes.

Our new series of instructional videos, which debuted on November 29, is called Tutorial Tuesdays. Every Tuesday until February, we'll post a new demonstration video for our growers. So mark your calendars and be sure to check Facebook and our website's Videos page every Tuesday to view our newest tutorial. We'll cover just about everything, AND you'll be able to meet some of our staff "face-to-face"!

In our first video, Customer Advocate Sarah shows us how to plant a single row crop. Click here to see the video.

In addition to keeping an eye on our video pages, be sure to check this forum thread periodically for future announcements.

Retailer of the Month

As fall winds down toward winter, we'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of our outstanding EarthBox retailers everywhere, rather than spotlighting just one.

We hereby salute our EarthBox retailers across the country! We applaud their dedication to teaching about, promoting, and selling the EarthBox system and accessories!

EarthBox growers, you can easily find a dealer near you, as we have more than 2,000 retailers nationwide. To find out more about EarthBox workshops, to add another system to your garden, to find accessories or purchase one for a friend, visit our dealer locator page.

If you're a retailer interested in carrying EarthBox products or have a favorite garden center that you would like to recommend for EarthBox products, please contact Kathy Sponenberg here.

Fresh from the Forum

Confused about how to measure the moisture levels in your EarthBoxes?

To find out how, and get some tips from fellow growers, just click here.



From Our Customers

Scottish broccoli"I have seven EarthBoxes now, and no room for more.

"These are my sprouting broccoli -- successfully transplanted after advice from Tag, and getting very large. I'm going to start some seeds and plant another EarthBox when I take out the peas; I heard that the plants might start flowering early this year."

Grandmamac
Near Edinburgh, Scotland
Zone 7


Please Write a Review!

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! We look forward to reading the reviews, and improving your EarthBox experience. So please, don't hesitate to post reviews on our product pages.

Join Our Community

Join fellow EarthBox growers on Facebook for interesting gardening discussions, to find special EarthBox offers and resources, and to view photos from both us and our customers. And by the way, we've recently posted an announcement about free shipping for the holidays that you're sure to find valuable!

While you're there, take a look at our new Education Department Facebook page, and "Like" it for a chance to win a free EarthBox Snow Pea Guide (see the New Contests section for details).

And don't forget to check out our videos! This is a members only feature, so if you're not already a Facebook member, you'll need to sign up.

We also invite you to participate in our forum. We'd love for you to weigh in on any EarthBox matters that interest you, and show us how your EarthBox crops are faring this year. Don't hesitate to ask questions, because your fellow EarthBoxers are a wonderful source of information who will gladly help with any of your EarthBox issues!

Ordering

To place an order, call us at 866-727-5532 (24/7) or visit our online store.

We now accept PayPal, and don't forget about our free shipping offer for the holiday season!

About EarthBox

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.


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