In This Issue

EarthBox in Our Schools

EarthBox in Our Communities

EarthBox in Our World

Funding Opportunities

Fresh from the Forum

FYI Tips

About EarthBox




EarthBox in Our Schools:

Nature and Nurture

Working Together

At Doris Hancock Elementary School in Las Vegas, Nevada, an incredible experience is underway. The GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) students are working alongside the Kindergarteners and Special Education students to develop a school garden. Through planting, maintaining, and tracking the growth of the vegetables and herbs in the EarthBoxes they're using, students are able to learn about the environment and how plants grow.


 Schoolkids and EarthBoxes

Students working with their EarthBoxes at Doris Hancock Elementary, Las Vegas, NV.


This is a perfect example of how both nature and nurture work together to provide students with an optimal learning environment. Valuable, relevant hands-on activities create the opportunity for the children to integrate core curriculum with real world experiences. Relationships are being fostered between students of various age and ability levels, while they measure, observe, draw and journal about the plants and their experiences together.
"This coming school year, we will integrate the nutrition aspect of the program by incorporating a Healthy Hancock Hawk Cookbook with recipes created by our students and families using the fruits, vegetables, and herbs they grow in their EarthBoxes," reports Hadassa Lefkowitz, the GATE specialist in charge of the EarthBox project. "As our program and crops grow, we look forward to using our EarthBoxes as a source for community service projects.


"Thanks, EarthBox!"




Grab Some Free Goodies!


Want to win an EarthBox gift certificate? Just send us your best EarthBox-related story, and you might find yourself a winner. 

Here are the categories we'd like you to shoot for:  

  • Helpful stories that provide EarthBox owners with information
  • Stories about your use of EarthBoxes in the domestic community
  • Stories about the use of EarthBoxes in your school
  • Stories about how you're using EarthBoxes in the international community
  • Stories on non-traditional uses of the EarthBox

Your entry should be brief and to the point. We'll post the winners in an upcoming issue of the newsletter.

Just send your contest entries to, with the word "contest" in the subject line, and we'll take a look!




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Dear EarthBox Customer,


Welcome to the first issue of By the Box, our newsletter devoted specifically to EarthBox Education. Every other month, we'll use this venue to bring you up to speed on how EarthBox products are used in schools, in domestic communities, and internationally as well. We'll also take a look at what's happening in the busy Education section of the EarthBox Forum, and keep you posted on relevant educational funding initiatives.
We hope you enjoy By the Box, and we urge you to take a hand in its development by sending us story ideas and posting in the Forum. And don't worry -- if you already subscribe to our consumer newsletter, Inside the Box, you'll still get your monthly dose of handy information on projects for the EarthBox, stories about EarthBox educational use, info on top retailers, and interesting customer anecdotes.
We'll be back with Issue #2 in March!
Happy Gardening,  


Molly's Signature 

Molly Philbin
Education Director
EarthBox, Inc.




EarthBox in Our Communities 

The Discovery Center


binghamton kids"The EarthBox Garden at the Discovery Center in Binghamton, New York provides a focal point for several programs. At-risk youth grow produce in EarthBoxes 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-related meals like those served at Colonial Williamsburg at Thanksgiving. 
"In addition, EarthBoxes will be incorporated into the Story Garden in the upcoming year. The Story Garden provides 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 program interconnects the pleasures of the garden with the pleasure of reading, and provides a foundation for a life-long attraction to both.
"Students in many programs harvest crops to donate to CHOW, a food pantry that feeds the hungry throughout the country."
Museum Educator




EarthBox in Our World 

Cape Coast, Ghana


Earthbox growing systems have been used successfully in education projects all over the globe. This time, we'll hear from Bernard in Ghana.


bernard arko"I have learned how to grow and care for vegetables like cabbages, carrots, garden eggs [an eggplant native to Ghana], tomatoes, green peppers and so on without using chemicals on them. I was happy to learn because I know in the future I can get a job from it."
Bernard Arko
School for the Deaf
Cape Coast, Ghana




Funding Opportunities

Intel Schools of Distinction Awards


Deadline:  February 17, 2009

The Intel Schools of Distinction Awards recognize U.S. schools that implement innovative, replicable programs that inspire their students and lead to positive educational outcomes in the areas of math and science. 


We'd like to point out that an EarthBox garden is a great place to integrate science and math, just by observing and measuring the way the plants grow. If you've maintained a classroom EarthBox garden in the past year, we recommend you apply for an Intel award!


The awards program is open to K-12 public, private, charter, and parochial schools in the Unites States, Department of Defense Schools, and Bureau of Indian Affairs schools. Finalists receive cash grants of $2,500. Winners receive $10,000 cash grants and more than $100,000 in products and services from sponsors. One of the winners is chosen to receive an additional $15,000 in additional products and services. For more information, and to apply, visit Intel's website!






Fresh from the Forum 

A Fascinating Comparison


Education ForumCheck out this comparison of growing technologies!

In the experiment, basil was grown in an EarthBox, in an Ebb & Flow Hydroponics System, and in a static solution hydroponics kit. Guess which one had the best results by far?

To learn more about this and other educational projects, click here to visit the Youth Programs section of our Forum. We think you'll be very interested in what you discover!




FYI Tips


Welcome to FYI Tips. Refer to this section for a quick tip, information, advice, or facts from seed to table in the classroom, the community and around the world!


FYI, did you know that EarthBox has dedicated a place on our Forum to support teachers, instructors and community leaders? Click here to join. It's free! Next, just scroll down to "Education Programs" and click on "Youth Programs" to read how a teacher in Evanston, IL, obtained a grant to promote and incorporate EarthBox Gardens throughout her school district and community.




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. Our 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 also make excellent additions to the classroom. Our Pre-K through 12th grade standards-based curriculum support packages can bring science to life, with hands-on lessons that teach principles of growing and nutrition utilizing the scientific method in student-driven experiments.

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