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The United Nations Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania will celebrate UN Day on October 24, 2011 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Scranton.
The keynote speaker for this event is Allida Black, Research Professor of History and International Affairs at The George Washington University. Professor Black is also Project Director and Editor of The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, a project whose goal is to uphold and advance human rights. One of Eleanor Roosevelt's greatest achievements was her role in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 10, 1948.
EarthBox will be participating in this event, with a presentation by Education Director Molly Philbin. The EarthBox for World Food Day Project workshop will illustrate how the classroom activities teach students to grow food locally with the EarthBox System. There will also be discussion points on solutions to world hunger incorporated into the lesson plan.
Ms. Philbin is very enthusiastic about the workshop. As she points out, "Our WFD Project supports Part 1 of Article 25 of the Declaration of Human Rights: Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services…"
Ms. Philbin is also grateful for the UN Association of Northeastern PA's grant. The planning committee generously offered to fund the EarthBox for World Food Day Project in four local classrooms this fall.
Encourage a teacher in your life to join the project! Our World Food Day School Kits are available from Carolina Biological , Fisher Science Education and Nasco.
For information on starting your own EarthBox project, click here or contact our Education Department at 1-800-821-8838, ext. 8348 or 8369.
If you've got an EarthBox garden you'd like to start earlier in the year or continue growing well past the end of the summer, we've got the perfect solution: our line of sturdy, attractive Snap and Grow greenhouses, which can easily house 10 EarthBoxes. Better yet, if you hurry, you can save up to $100 on select models.
The tough SnapGlas panels slide in and lock into place with the help of a simple SmartLock connector system, and the door and windows come pre-assembled -- so setting up your greenhouse is a breeze.
Our greenhouses come in two sizes, 6 by 8 feet and 8 by 12 feet, and both are available in silver and green. They're all great for growing vegetables, flowers, and herbs in any climate.
Both of the 6 x 8 greenhouses are on sale until the end of the month. The green model is priced to move at $749 (it's normally $849). The silver model, pictured above, has been marked down to $699 (from $749). To get either deal, just enter the key code GHSALE at checkout.
We Have a Winner!
We've chosen the latest winner in our ongoing photo contest! Diana Ashworth of Stilesville, Indiana will receive a $25 EarthBox gift certificate for her wonderful photo of her children showing off an EarthBox gem. Here's Diana's entry:
"We have had a very successful growing season," Diana tells us. "More veggies than I could give away. We had ours on a patio outside our back door. The kids were able to observe the many bees pollinating and watched the daily growth. A wonderful learning opportunity. EarthBoxes are the only way to garden!"
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 other month, and post the entry in an upcoming issue.
We hope you had a pleasant summer! For many of us, the month of September signals the end of vacations, the beginning of school -- and changes in the weather. This is a time of year when the days can still be very warm, but the temperatures can drop sharply at night.
Therefore, you'll need to keep a close eye on the weather, so that you can protect your fall vegetables and flowers from cold snaps.
Read on to learn a few strategies for keeping your EarthBox plants thriving during transitional weather!
||Fall Frost Protection
September can be one of the most comfortable months temperature-wise, as the warm days begin to yield to cooler evenings. It's also a great time for your cool weather produce and flowers to begin to thrive -- but realize that this can also be a tricky time for your plants.
Here are a few steps you can take to ensure that you're proactive about frost detection and protection:
- Find out the average first frost/freeze dates for your area.
- Have an outdoor thermometer handy, and check it often.
- Check weather reports for forecasts of low temperatures.
- Water the soil around your plants; moist soil retains heat better. DO NOT spray water on the plants themselves.
- Plan to cover your plants overnight.
- Remove the covers during the day if it's warm and sunny.
Here's some extra info about freezes to help you plan:
Light freeze: 29°F to 32°F. Tender plants are killed, with little destructive effect on other vegetation.
Moderate freeze: 25°F to 28°F. There's a widely destructive effect on most vegetation, with heavy damage to fruit blossoms and tender and semi-hardy plants.
Severe freeze: 24°F and colder. Such a freeze results in damage to most plants.
Winter may be on its way, but you don't have to bow, quite yet, to the inevitable cold weather. All it takes is a little vigilance and protective action, and you can enjoy your crops and flowers well into fall and early winter.
||Retailer of the Month
This month, we salute Grace's Hydro-Organic Garden Center in Tampa Bay, Florida. Grace's has been offering organic and hydroponics gardening solutions since before the terms became common! With over 50 years of combined experience, the professional staff at Grace's can custom-design growing systems that meet customer needs and optimize gardening success.
Grace's carries a wide range of products from top suppliers, including EarthBox, General Hydroponics, Botanicare, Milwaukee Instruments, and Foxfarm, among others. Grace's will also special order products requested by customers. In addition to the store offerings, some products are also available online.
From composters and containers to hydro systems and lighting, Grace's has the supplies for all levels of organic and hydroponics gardening. For more information and store hours, call 813-514-9376, or click here to visit online.
To find an EarthBox retailer near you, 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
Knee-high stockings as fertilizer strips?
It may sound like a joke, but believe it or not, inexpensive knee-highs actually do the job very well -- as some of your fellow EarthBoxers have discovered. As always, we're amazed at the sheer ingenuity of EarthBox gardeners!
Check out this discussion to learn more.
||From Our Customers
"I picked a couple of green beans today...and this is just my first picking. Almost two five-gallon buckets worth.
"They are bush beans, and the variety is Blue Lake 274. Several have asked about how many plants and boxes am I growing. You all want me to spill my secrets!
"I planted close to EarthBox's recommendations in their older planting guide. Not sure I want to post the number here, as I don't want a newbie to not follow the instructions. I see the new guide suggests four bush beans per side.
"I planted 6 EarthBoxes with beans."
Orange Park, FL
||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 the product profiles at www.EarthBox.com.
||Join Our Community
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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 to view the videos.
We'd also like to remind you about our forum, which you can find at http://forum.earthbox.com. 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.
And 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!
To place an order, call us at 866-727-5532 (24/7) or visit our online store.
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.