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In This Issue
EarthBox Education
Fresh From the Forum
Retailer of the Month
From Our Customers
About EarthBox
Growing Food at
Inner City Fire Stations
My goal for the EarthBox Fire Station Project in Flagstaff, Arizona is to allow fire station personnel to experience the joy of growing and harvesting great organic food. I started with four stations expressing interest, and with word-of-mouth jealousy ended up with all seven of our stations wanting EarthBoxes.
 
The enthusiasm and friendly competition is wonderful!  I only have 12 boxes, so one station has three because they were first responders.  The rest have one or two boxes.  The judgment of these numbers is without justice or favoritism; it's just how it happened, and I haven't had any complaints so far. 

 
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Bev with (left to right) Jay MucCullough, Chris Thomas, and Matt Smyers.
 
I use the EarthBox method because the landscaping at all the stations is mostly sterile stone, gravel and cement. The EarthBoxes are neat, compact and beautiful, very efficient in their use of water here in the cold, high desert. They're producing marvelously hot and sweet peppers, green zucchini, and yellow straight-neck squashes. The tomatoes are slow to ripen this year, as our nights are usually below 50 degrees, and the tomato hopes for a warmer environment; but while slow, they will mature. The firemen are moving the portable EarthBoxes indoors at night to protect them from the lower temperatures.

The harvest is what these firemen are eager to experience. They've expressed awe at the great taste of their pickings. I encourage them to consume their produce within 20 minutes of harvest, and they do! The taste explosion hooks them all with the idea of next summer. Each crew does its own cooking, so this is really fun. 
 
Next year, the project will order many more EarthBoxes for all the stations, thanks to the generosity of a local bank that's funding the project. Plus, I'm a go for 2009 for plants and new soil for the current boxes!
 
Beverly McAllister
Community Activist
Flagstaff, AZ
 
Grab Some Free Goodies!
 
Want to win an EarthBox gift certificate? Just send us your best EarthBox-related recipe or article, and you might find yourself a winner. 
 
Here are the categories we'd like you to shoot for:  
  • A helpful story that provides EarthBox owners with information
  • A story on your most successful crop
  • Your greatest number of EarthBoxes in use at once
  • Your best disaster story, so everyone can learn from your mistakes
  • Your quickest recipe using an EarthBox harvest
  • Your spiciest recipe using an EarthBox harvest
  • Articles on non-traditional uses of the EarthBox

Your entry should be brief and to the point. We'll pick a new winner every month, and we'll post each month's winner in an upcoming issue of the newsletter.

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Dear EarthBox Customer,
 
In this issue, we'd like to introduce you to one of our favorite programs: The Growing Connection (TGC), an educational project that we've participated in from its beginning.
 
TGC is a grass-roots project developed jointly six years ago by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the American Horticultural Society. Supported by a progressive coalition of private and public sector partners, it was established to help the more than 800 million people who live on less than $1 a day and depend on agriculture to feed their families.  
 
EarthBox was asked to participate because our system offers a low-cost, compact, highly sustainable, water-efficient solution to growing produce in areas where space is lacking and soil conditions are poor. It also provides a common growing platform for all the participants to work with. We're honored to have been chosen!
 
By means of the Internet, TGC connects people from around the world -- from villages in Ghana and the barrios of Mexico to downtown Chicago and rural Nebraska -- in a web of healthy, sustainable school and community garden projects. The goal is to offer our participants opportunities to grow their own food, earn income, and climb out of poverty and isolation.
 
Some of the participants are staving off hunger; others are fighting childhood obesity. In each case, the project introduces (or re-introduces) the participants to the joys and rewards of growing fresh, nutritious produce that helps both them and their families.  Along the way, it teaches them how cultures all around the world are connected, promoting international respect and a sense of stewardship toward both humanity and the Earth.
 
So far, TGC has outposts in the United States, the Caribbean, Central America, and Africa. For more information on this worthy project, click here.  

Happy Holidays!
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Frank DiPaolo
EarthBox
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Fresh from the Forum 
A Wealth of Information
 
fresh from the forum 3If you don't already take advantage of the services provided by your local Cooperative Extension Agency, we recommend that you take a look at what they have to offer. They're designed to be helpful and accessible for everyone, and they'll be happy to provide information on everything from weather patterns to the best kinds of veggies and flowers to grow in your climate.
 
You'll find a set of links for every Cooperative Extension Agency in the country in the Tips and Tricks section of our Forum.
Retailer of the Month
H&H Nursery
 
At EarthBox, we value our partnerships with our authorized retailers. There are nurseries and garden centers throughout the country that carry our systems; some even offer seminars and workshops on getting the most out of your EarthBox.

RETAILERThis month, we salute H&H Nursery in Lakewood, California. Established in 1976, H&H is a family-owned business that provides high-quality products and services to area residents. Year-round they carry a wide and varied selection of plants, trees, and shrubs, including flowering and exotic varieties. 

There are also numerous season-specific items to choose from, including live Christmas trees in December. Those in need of pottery, garden fountains, or supplies will find a myriad of choices here. H&H is always working to find the newest and most exciting plants available on the market. They value their customers, and strive to provide timely and useful information for optimal gardening success. Among the resources they offer are knowledgeable sales staff and a bimonthly e-newsletter. 

Stop in and visit H&H Nursery at:

6220 Lakewood Boulevard
Lakewood, CA  90712
562-804-2513
newsletter@hhnursery.com
 
From Our Customers 
Now That's a Garden!
 
RETAILER"The recent food scares, the economy, and the high cost of food motivated us to start growing vegetables again. I first learned about EarthBoxes from the county agricultural agent, and after days of reading, decided this was the way to go. We invested in our first five EarthBoxes in February 2008. That quickly turned into another order for 250, and later for 1,220 more. Our main garden is 1,404 EarthBoxes; we have another 15 planted with trees, and 15 for a kitchen garden. The rest were given to friends and family.
 
"The garden fills our days, and the first fall harvest is upon us.  Neighbors have asked to buy our vegetables, so what we don't preserve for ourselves and our family will be sold. What's not sold will be given to an area food bank. 

"The EarthBox experience has definitely enhanced our retirement, giving new meaning to our days and our conversations. It's just such a peaceful experience to be out there amongst the plants, realizing that all these healthy veggies are growing without pesticides."

John and Linda Davis
Winter Haven, FL
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. To find out more, visit www.earthbox.com.

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