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Garden Tower Project Partners With NAVA On Traditional Healing Village

Garden Tower Project Partners With NAVA On Traditional Healing Village

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Garden Tower Project Partners With NAVA On Traditional Healing Village

Bloomington, Ind. ---During a recent visit to Southern California, Garden Tower Project was contacted by NAVA about discussing a sustainable food and farming project for their community. Ted Tenorio, a decorated Vietnam Veteran and President of Native American Veteran’s Association (NAVA), shared his dream and inspiration with two partners of GTP, Joel Grant and Thomas Tlusty, at a Veteran’s Day Memorial Pow-Wow in South Gate, CA.


 

Army photograph by David Vergun

The GTP team learned of NAVA’s goal to create a Native American Healing Village and Community Urban Orchard where learning, planning and healthy living can take place. The village will serve Veteran[AR1]  women and children who were victims of domestic violence and abuse, along with Veteran’s suffering from PTSD, whether Native American or not. The healing center will offer alternative methods for treating PTSD by assisting Vets dealing with the effects of trauma, war, resultant PTSD and re-integration, through more traditional methods. NAVA’s project will be set up to teach farming, native crafts and business skills through volunteer efforts as a way to address the indigenous population’s need for skilled employment training.

 

NAVA has been granted 47 acres by Mayor W.H. “Bill” DeWitt, of South Gate CA, for a historically accurate educational and healing village on the banks of the Los Angeles River. The facility will be a re-creation of a traditional Tongva village complete with longhouse, roundhouse, sweat lodges and talking circles. The Tongva Nation was nearly obliterated during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Only seven families remain. Ted himself, hails from New Mexico and is a part of the Tiwa (pronounced Teg-wan) Nation. The village re-creation is being built out of respect and in memory of the Tongva Nation.

 

Native Americans have the highest representation of any ethnicity in all branches of the military since the founding of the United States. In the LA area, urban Indians outnumber reservation Indians. As of 2003, over 7,000 Native American Veterans were registered in West LA. Unemployment was 7.1 percent, higher than for any other ethnic group.

 

There will be no admission fee to the facility, as all NAVA events are free and staffed by volunteers. For the past 15 years NAVA has never charged a fee or accepted any government grants or funds, relying solely on donations and personal contributions.  Ted refers to the operation of NAVA as an “Urban Sovereign Nation” who “takes care of themselves”.  Until 2003, NAVA 501(c)19, was a military order. On Nov 10th, 2015, they gained approval to transition to a 501(c)3 which will allow them to pursue public grants and funding.

 

Ted revealed to the Garden Tower Project partners that he sees the Garden Tower 2 playing a pivotal role in the farming, education and healing aspects of the Native American Indian Healing Village.  Tlusty, who couldn’t agree more, stated, “This is right in line with our concept of distributed agriculture and education being key for local health and economic resilience.” Grant added, “The efficiency, elegance, simplicity and productivity of the GT2 system, will lend itself well to the success of this program.”

 

The Garden Tower 2, is a patented, compact planter and vermicomposter that enables gardeners to grow up to 50 plants vertically and compactly inside a footprint of just 4 square feet. The new design easily rotates 360 degrees for optimal lighting and convenient watering. At the heart of each Garden Tower 2 is a perforated compost column that, with the simple addition of redworms, converts ordinary kitchen scraps to nourishing organic fertilizer.

 

In combining gardening with vermicomposting, the Garden Tower returns nutrients to the closed system, making it self-fertilizing. Vegetables thrive as the potting blend grows richer naturally over time. A nutrient collection drawer also allows the gardener to harvest compost “tea”, finished compost and worm castings, for easy recycling to the top of the Garden Tower to increase soil fertility. The Garden Tower can also support a much wider variety of large vegetables that cannot be grown in any other container type garden, including cabbages, broccoli, squash, zucchini, cucumber and melons. With supplemental lighting, the Garden Tower 2 can even be used indoors.    

 

Learn more about NAVA http://www.navavets.com/ or the Tongva Healing Village Project -  https://www.army.mil/article/178613/native_american_vets_to_bring_fresh_produce_healing_to_la_food_desert

 

Army photograph by David VergunArmy photograph by David Vergunhttp://www.aerotechnews.com/blog/2016/11/23/native-american-vets-to-bring-fresh-produce-healing-to-la-food-desert/

 

Learn more about GTP http://gardentowerproject.com and follow on @TheGardenTower and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GardenTowerProject.

 

About Garden Tower Project LLC: A socially responsible business concept based in Bloomington, Ind. Garden Tower Project strives to ensure easy availability of fresh, organic food, particularly for people who lack access to growing space. Garden Tower Project has been recognized by the International Design Awards for excellence in Sustainable Living/Environmental Preservation. Garden Towers are now being used to grow food in all 50 states, throughout Canada and has distribution in Australia, UK, Japan & Germany.

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Joel Grant

Garden Tower 2 Achieves First Ever Living Product Certification

Garden Tower 2 Achieves First Ever Living Product Certification

PITTSBURGH, September 15, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Humanscale, Bureo, Owens Corning and Garden Tower Project have received Living Product certification for new and redesigned products that meet the high bar of the Living Product Challenge, that is, to design and manufacture products that function as elegantly and efficiently as anything found in the natural world. Turning inspiration into action, these forward-thinking companies were awarded new certifications at the second annual Living Product Expo, hosted by the International Living Future Institute September 13-15, 2016, in Pittsburgh. For more information, visit the website.

 

“These leading companies are writing a new chapter in industrial design and challenging the status quo when it comes to how products are designed, sourced and manufactured.” said James Connelly, Director of the Living Product Challenge for the Institute. “And, they are at the Living Product Expo to share and discover disruptive new ideas and technologies that are reshaping the materials landscape, accelerating the pace of transformation and making Living Products possible today.”

 

The full list of newly certified Living Products includes:

Garden Tower Project's Garden Tower 2 – Living Product Petal Certification for Water and Materials

Garden Tower is committed to socially-responsible practices at every level, and has a mission to help transform the face of gardening and food sustainability.  The uniquely designed composting Garden Tower allows for the growing of a large variety of food in a very small space.  The product has achieved Petal Certification for Water and Materials, and the company is currently implementing a new low-carbon, bio-based plastic, a first for its product category.

 

Garden Tower 2 Living Product Certification Label

“Garden Tower’s social mission is just as critical to the company’s certification as is their material health and regenerative manufacturing innovations,” said James Connelly. “It is a great example of a new product that has the power to transform traditional industries.”

 

Humanscale Diffrient® Smart Chair -- Full Living Product certification

The Humanscale Smart® Chair is an ergonomically designed commercial desk chair that required a significant redesign on the path to Living Product Certification. Often, commercial office chairs are covered with fabrics that contain perfluorinated compounds. These chemicals, according to the National Institutes of Health, contribute to the body burden of toxicity and have a several year half-life, which means that the time it takes for the chemicals to leave the body can be several years. Humanscale has eliminated perfluorinated compounds from the redesigned Smart® Chair, which is manufactured in a solar powered facility with a newly installed rainwater collection system that offsets the water used in production.

 

Humanscale Float™ Table -- Full Living Product certification

The Float Table is an innovative sit/stand desk that 'floats' effortlessly when you push a small lever, contributing to an ergonomically superior sit/stand work experience. Humanscale removed PVC from the product—a material with significant lifecycle health concerns—and is working to ensure the remaining product ingredients are fully optimized and safe for humans and the environment.  The product is manufactured in a process powered by 100% renewable energy onsite. “The lifecycle health benefits of using this product versus traditional tables is massively positive when compared to the potential health consequences of tradition design and production,” said Connelly.

“Both newly-certified Humanscale products are not only Net Positive for Water and Energy onsite – but we have conducted a rigorous LCA on each product and are now working to create Energy, Water and Carbon Handprints greater than the footprint of each product,” said Jane Abernethy, Humanscale’s sustainability officer. “We are increasing our handprint by switching to recycled nylon made from fishing nets from Bureo, teaming up with Kohler and an NGO to supply Clarity water filters, and providing water heater blankets to school children.” The practice of Handprinting refers to the measurement of positive impacts that a company makes compared to business as usual in addition to reducing their environmental footprint. More on the Humanscale achievement here.

 

Bureo – Net+Positiva Plastic -- Petal Certified for Water and Materials

Bureo is a unique company designed around the concept of net positive, and its first product was a skateboard made of recycled fishing nets from coastal artisanal fishing communities, which has been widely recognized for ingenuity in design and sourcing, with investors including the Patagonia $20 Million and Change Fund. Bureo has achieved Living Product Petal Certification for Water and Materials for its Net+Positiva Plastic, recycled plastic resin and pellets which they source from fishing nets, and which they intend to sell to other consumer goods companies to scale up their business.

“Bureo recently installed low flow shower heads in their production facility and is planning to distribute them in communities in which they work, which contributed to the Water Petal certification,” said Connelly. “Bureo is also investing in a solar array for a nearby community school for disadvantaged youth, which will contribute to the company’s full Living Product Certification.”

 

Owens Corning® EcoTouch® PINK® Fiberglas™ Insulation – Unfaced – Living Product Imperative Certification

With EcoTouch® unfaced fiberglass insulation, Owens Corning achieves its second Living Product Imperative Certification for a product that reflects the company’s long-term commitment to sustainability. EcoTouch® is a residential and commercial insulation product that is certified to include a minimum of 65% total recycled content, and is GREENGUARD validated to be formaldehyde free.

“Owens Corning’s commitment to sustainability is embedded in the foundation of its product stewardship process,” said Connelly. “A core value of the company is developing products that make the world a better place.”

 

About the Living Product Challenge

The Living Product Challenge re-imagines the design and construction of products to function as elegantly and efficiently as anything found in the natural world. The creation of this program kicked off a groundbreaking new event that brought together leading minds in the product industry to inspire a revolution in the way materials are designed, manufactured and delivered: the Living Product Expo.

At the first event in 2015 sustainability directors from the world’s leading design firms, prominent manufacturers and sustainability consultants learned about and shared game-changing innovations in product design.

This second annual event moves from inspiration to action. The Expo is an opportunity for participants to share and discover disruptive new ideas and technologies that are reshaping the materials landscape, accelerating the pace of innovation and making Living Products possible today. Join us, and together we will craft the future of materials.

 

About the International Living Future Institute

The International Living Future Institute is an inspiring hub for visionary programs. Our mission is to lead and support the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. Com­posed of leading green building experts and thought-leaders, the Institute is premised on the belief that providing a compelling vision for the future is a fundamental requirement for reconciling humanity’s relationship with the natural world. The Institute runs the Living Building Challenge, Living Community Challenge, Living Product Challenge, Net Zero Energy Certification, the Cascadia Green Building Coun­cil, Ecotone Publishing, Declare, JUST and other leading-edge programs. A global network of more than 450 volunteers across nearly 42 countries drive the local adoption of restorative principles in their com­munities.

 

CONTACT

Lisa Lilienthal
International Living Future Institute
Joel Grant

Salad Tower Planting Plan & Design

Salad Tower Planting Plan & Design

Just in time for spring, here's a visual guide to designing your Garden Tower with a focus on salad veggies & herbs! 

 

Due to many requests from gardeners, we've completed a Garden Tower planting design template and created an example "Salad Tower" using easy to grow, gourmet salad-appropriate plants that can be started from seed mid-spring.  We paid attention to companion planting relationships in this design as well; however, most everything in this "Salad Tower" can be re-arranged without worry.  Throughout the year we will post numerous requested garden designs from the brain-food garden to the perennial culinary herb special.  We're having fun with this!

 

(click image to enlarge) (printable pdf: landscape) (printable pdf: portrait)

Salad Garden Layout for a Garden Tower

 

Tower Designer: Print the empty layout below and plan your garden!

(click image to enlarge) (printable pdf: landscape) (printable pdf: portrait)

Customizable Garden Design Layout for Garden Tower Gardening

 

When designing your garden, pay attention to veggie scheduling and companion planting info!

 

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Happy Gardening -- Garden Tower Project

Joel Grant

Organic Pest Control Guide for your Garden

Organic Pest Control Guide for your Garden

A visual guide to proven organic, integrated pest management in your Garden 

 

This fantastic infographic will help you identify common garden pests, proactively plan to prevent infestations, and naturally control insects, fungus, and other garden critters out to harm your veggies!  Here at Garden Tower Project, we use a combination of water, neem oil, and natural liquid soap as our go-to all purpose insect control on herbs, veggies, and flowers. 

 

(click the graphic below to enlarge!)

Organic Pest Control Guide for your Garden

Source: http://nycitypestcontrol.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Pest-Controlling-Your-Garden-New.png

 

For more information on insect pest management of your Garden or Garden Tower, visit our earlier article: Integrating Pest Management

Joel Grant

Companion Planting: A Comprehensive Infographic

Companion Planting: A Comprehensive Infographic

A few minutes of planning can greatly increase the health and bounty of your next planting project! 

 

We often refer gardeners to our companion planting tables to help get the most out of their gardens.  Here's a nice graphical alternative! (click on the image for full-resolution!)Companion planting infograhic for organic gardeningThis infographic is from http://afristarfoundation.org/educational-resources/

Afristar Foundation develops educational resources for schools, community programs and adult education in the form posters, educational documentaries and informational booklets. We make use of accessible media to illustrate techniques and principles of sustainability and to spread information in a manner that is fun, colorful and easy to understand.  To learn more visit http://afristarfoundation.org/

 

For more detailed recommendations on companion planting with vegetables, herbs, or flowers, see the Garden Tower Project companion planting tables page.

 

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The following tables offer valuable insights for plant selection and design in a Garden Tower or conventional garden. 


Determine what plant(s) you would like to grow, check the table to learn which companion plants will help your desired plant thrive and which plants you should avoid planting adjacent to it!  Don't be intimidated, it's simpler than it looks!

- See more at: http://www.gardentowerproject.com/news/gardening-ideas-recommendations/why-how-to-companion-plant#sthash.8BWT4HaP.dpuf

 


The following tables offer valuable insights for plant selection and design in a Garden Tower or conventional garden. 


Determine what plant(s) you would like to grow, check the table to learn which companion plants will help your desired plant thrive and which plants you should avoid planting adjacent to it!  Don't be intimidated, it's simpler than it looks!

- See more at: http://www.gardentowerproject.com/news/gardening-ideas-recommendations/why-how-to-companion-plant#sthash.8BWT4HaP.dpuf


The following tables offer valuable insights for plant selection and design in a Garden Tower or conventional garden. 


Determine what plant(s) you would like to grow, check the table to learn which companion plants will help your desired plant thrive and which plants you should avoid planting adjacent to it!  Don't be intimidated, it's simpler than it looks!

- See more at: http://www.gardentowerproject.com/news/gardening-ideas-recommendations/why-how-to-companion-plant#sthash.8BWT4HaP.dpuf