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Leah Brooks Inspiring Healthy Living Around the World Slide 2 The best way to garden is to put on a wide brimmed straw hat and some old clothes. And with a hoe in one hand and a cold drink in the other, tell somebody else where to dig. Slide 3 What is Hydroponics? Hydroponics is a term applied to the cultivation of plants in nutrient solutions without the use of soil. Nutrients are supplied in liquid solutions; and plants are supported by porous materials, such as peat, sand, or rockwool, that acts as a wick to relay nutrient solution to the roots. Slide 4 Sign up Sheet! Please sign up on the sign-up sheet to receive Tower Garden tips & be entered to win a prize packet of my favorite seeds! Retail value: $10 Slide 5 Hydroponics: Faster Growth, Greater Yield, Healthier Plants Hydroponics is proved to have several advantages over soil gardening. The growth rate on a hydroponic plant is 30-50 percent faster than a soil plant, grown under the same conditions. The yield of the plant is also greater. ..The extra oxygen in the hydroponic growing mediums helps to stimulate root growth. Plants with ample oxygen in the root system also absorb nutrients faster. The nutrients in a hydroponic system are mixed with the water and sent directly to the root system. The plant does not have to search in the soil for the nutrients that it requires. Those nutrients are being delivered to the plant several times per day. The hydroponic plant requires very little energy to find and break down food. The plant then uses this saved energy to grow faster and to produce more fruit. http://www.hydroponics.net/learn/hydroponic_gardening_for_beginners.asp Slide 6 Hydroponics: Better for the Environment Hydroponic gardening also offers several benefits to our environment. Hydroponic gardening uses considerably less water than soil gardening, because of the constant reuse the nutrient solutions. Due to lack of necessity, fewer pesticides are used on hydroponic crops. Since hydroponic gardening systems use no topsoil, topsoil erosion isn't even an issue. Although, if agricultural trends continue to erode topsoil and waste water, hydroponics may soon be our only solution. http://www.hydroponics.net/learn/hydroponic_gardening_for_beginners.asphttp://www.hydroponics.net/learn/hydroponic_gardening_for_beginners.asp Photo: http://www.simplyhydro.com/system.htmhttp://www.simplyhydro.com/system.htm Slide 7 Aeroponics: A Specialized Form of Hydroponics Aeroponics is a way of growing plants without soil and with very little water. Using this method means you can grow vertically as well as horizontally, so it can be a great way of saving space. With aeroponics, plants are put into special A frames or horizontal boards, in such a way that both the top of the plant, the crown, and the bottom of the plant, the roots, are suspended in the air. In this way the crown can grow upward and the roots downward without needing any soil at all. The growers feed the plants by spraying them on a regular basis with a fine mist of a nutrient-rich, water-mix solution. As the whole system is enclosed, you save water because the nutrient mix is fully recycled within the aeroponics systems design. http://home.howstuffworks.com/lawn-garden/professional-landscaping/alternative- methods/what-is-aeroponics.htm Slide 8 Benefits of Aeroponics If you grow vertically, you can grow lots of produce in a small area No soil borne diseases & far less pests Minimal use of pesticides (often not needed at all) Healthier plants with greater nutritional density = healthier humans Saves 90-95% of the water used in ground gardening No agricultural run-off because the water is recycled & reused within the system Faster growth (up to 3x faster) After the initial start-up costs, huge money savings over ground gardening Better for the farmer (reduced exposure to pesticides, dangerous equipment and machinery) Wonderful in areas with poor soil and limited water Extends growing seasons by several weeks (for example, lettuce in Florida) Slide 9 Aeroponics have been extensively researched by NASA. Why NASA & Aeroponics? Water is Heavy! To Grow Cleaner No Soil = Less Disease To Grow Crops Faster and Healthier Higher Nutrient Density = Healthier Astronauts Slide 10 NASAs Amazing Research into Aeroponics ..growers choosing to employ the aeroponics method can reduce water usage by 98 percent, fertilizer usage by 60 percent, and pesticide usage by 100 percent, all while maximizing their crop yields by 45 to 75 percent. By conserving water and eliminating harmful pesticides and fertilizers used in soil, growers are doing their part to protect the Earth. -NASAs Spinoff Magazine, 2006, Progressive Plant Growing Has Business Growing Slide 11 Moreover, the NASA SBIR results demonstrated that this aeroponic technology delivers an 80-percent increase in dry weight biomass per square meter, when compared to hydroponic and soil-based growing techniques. (When a dry weight measurement is taken, all water is removed from roots, leaves, and stemsthereby, removing water from the biomass.) These results essentially proved that aeroponically grown plants uptake more minerals and vitamins compared to other growing techniques. -NASAs Spinoff Magazine, 2006, Progressive Plant Growing Has Business Growing This kale plants contains more vitamins and minerals than conventionally grown kale! More than just vitamins and mineralsthousands of phytonutrients to support my skin, heart, brain, and immune system and protect me from cancer. This type of nutrition just simply cannot be found in a vitamin pill! Slide 12 Tim Blank A pioneer in the field of aeroponics is our very own Tim Blank, from Eustis, FL. Tim took this futuristic growing technique from the theme park to our back yards! From 2000 - 2005, Tim Blank was Chief Horticulturist at Epcot Center. He managed a team of scientists and horticultural interns. Tim co-authored several academic papers pertaining to the extensive collaborative research at The Land. Tim spent several years developing a simple, easy to use, easy to maintain, easy to clean aeroponic system that gives everyone the opportunity to grow super healthy, super vibrant vegetables in their back yard! Slide 13 Beyond NASA: Aeroponic Gardening For The Rest of Us We serve an amazing God ! Slide 14 Aeroponic Gardeningnot just for astronauts! Tower Garden is a state-of-the-art vertical aeroponic growing system. Its perfect for rooftops, decks, patios, balconies, terracesjust about any relatively sunny place outside. For families, the future of gardening is now! Slide 15 The Tower Garden Why Tower Gardens? We know that aeroponic gardening has many benefits No weeding, tilling, kneeling, or getting dirty No gardening experience is necessary Fits easily on urban patios, decks, porches, balconies, terraces, or rooftop gardens Grows many fruits and almost any vegetable, herb, or flower Grow 20 to 28 plants in one Tower Uses less than 10% of traditional growing nutrients & water Produce crops in less time than it takes to grow in soil Extends the growing season ***Made from USDA-approved, UV- stabilized, food-grade plastic Designed to last for a lifetime Fun and educational for the whole family Slide 16 Tower Gardens in the News OHare Airport, Chicago Roof top Restaurant, New York City Bell, Book and Candle Slide 17 Urban Garden Chicago OHare Airport Slide 18 Tower Garden Plant Trials May, 2012 in Indiana 5 week old mustard greens seedlings grown in soil 5 week old mustard green seedlings grown in the Tower Garden Pictures used with permission Tom Corson-Knowles Slide 19 Look at the size of the leaf on the aeroponically grown plant! (Background: sugar snap peas). Pictures used with permission Tom Corson-Knowles Slide 20 Malabar Spinach Plant Trial May 2012, Enterprise, FL Slide 21 Towers Will Grow Just About Anything! Fruits Watermelon, Melon, Tomato, Strawberries Vegetables Cucumber, Bush Beans, Eggplant, Okra, Spinach, Rabe, Zucchini Squash, Summer Squash, Peppers, Cutting Celery Herbs Parsley, Thyme, Basil, Cilantro, Fennel, Sage, Rosemary, Dill, Lavender, Stevia, Onion, Chives, Edible Flowers Lettuces Bibb Lettuce, Red Summer Crisp, Green Summer Crisp, Gourmet Mix, Spicy Mix, Leaf lettuce, Romaine, Water Cress, Kale, Beet Greens Use your imagination! Slide 22 Our Tower Garden Adventure Began March, 2011 28 minutes to assemble! Slide 23 The next day, we planted our garden in 8 minutes. Slide 24 A little over 3 weeks later! Day 24 Slide 25 By May, 2011, were hooked! Now we have three Tower Gardens on a 10 ft. x 3ft. space on our back porch. Slide 26 Our Towers, Feb.2012 Slide 27 Huge, healthy lettuce plants Three lettuce plants (already harvested multiple times) ~ last harvest yields 10 gallons of lettuce! Slide 28 Slide 29 These Swiss chard plants are vibrant, beautiful, healthy, and completely free of pests and disease. About a year old, theyve provided approximately 100 harvests of delicious greens for our dinner table! For the initial investment of only $1 a plant, weve enjoyed at least $300 worth of beyond organic produce! Slide 30 Tomatoes on toast, fresh salad, stir fry, raw and cooked peppers are just a few ways we enjoy our daily harvest of fresh vegetables and fruits! Slide 31 2012 ~ Pembroke Pines, FL Our experience is typical and has been repeated all over the country! Two weeks later, January 30, 2012 Planted from seedlings grown in rock wool January 17, 2012 Three weeks later, February 7, 2012 With Tomato Cage Added Slide 32 Fully grown at 6 weeks of age! 5 weeks from planting February 19, 2012 4 weeks from planting February 13, 2012 6 weeks from planting February 26, 2012 Slide 33 The Dirty Dozen List! Slide 34 This year we have expanded the Dirty Dozen with a Plus category to highlight two crops -- green beans and leafy greens, meaning, kale and collard greens that did not meet traditional Dirty Dozen criteria but were c