Education and Charity Converge
This year, the Education Department at EarthBox HQ planted and maintained a garden of 120 EarthBoxes in our parking lot. Set up on pavement, the EarthBox watering system proved to be worth its weight in gold! The crops thrived, producing an abundance of tomatoes, herbs, cabbage, basil, Brussels sprouts, arugula, baby watermelon, winter squash and petunias for garden show displays. Employees went home with an abundance of veggies, and we also took some of the harvest to our local soup kitchen on several occasions.
"It was unseasonably cool here in the northeast corner of Pennsylvania," points out John Romanaskas, EB Education Horticulturist. "Our garden thrived because it was on a dark pavement which reflected some heat, and thus produced better crops than any in-ground garden in our area did." John nurtured the garden all season and recorded the produce progress with weekly photos. Though we couldn't publish all sixteen, we've included three below that go from sow to grow!
This month we're offering 50% off all shipping charges through December 31; just be sure to order no later than December 17 for Christmas delivery. And keep an eye on the Special Holiday Packages section of our website over the next few weeks; we're putting together some great deals for you!
We Have a Winner!
We've chosen the latest winner in our ongoing "Grab Some
Goodies" contest! Nikki and Kaya Sofia will receive a $25 EarthBox gift
certificate for their photo. We'll be posting more winners as we choose
them -- and we're still waiting to hear from you!
This is what the Sofias had to say about their winning entry:
"Here is our daughter and our tomato plant. Hope you pick us!"
Grab Some Free Goodies!
Want to win an EarthBox gift certificate? Just send us your best EarthBox-related recipe, article, or photo, 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
- A photo illustrating a successful EarthBox 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 winner in an upcoming issue.
Send your contest entries to photos@Earthbox.com, with the word "contest" in the subject line, and we'll take a look!
There are plenty of
opportunities to share your EarthBox bounty during the year, but probably none
so universally celebrated as Thanksgiving. Even better, Thanksgiving is a
harvest celebration -- and here we are, right around the final EarthBox harvest
time for most of the country.
Regardless of cuisine preferences, or whether Thanksgiving dinner will be at
home, at a restaurant or at someone else's house, you can still share your
EarthBox produce in some way. Not only can you make EarthBox dishes for your
own family or bring a meal made from EarthBox produce to a friend's home, you
can donate your EarthBox produce or meals to local organizations -- food banks,
soup kitchens, retirement communities, and more.
That's one of the best things,
we think, about the abundant crops EarthBoxes tend to produce: even if you
can't eat it all yourself, you can brighten someone else's life by sharing!
||Meanings of Thanksgiving |
Thanksgiving is something of an
oddity, being one of the few non-religious holidays actively observed by
Americans of every creed (and Canadians, too, though theirs occurs a few weeks
earlier). We all know the story of the grateful Pilgrims, who shared their own
bounty with their Native American neighbors. By then, the colonists had realized
that the impending winter, so much harsher than the European ones they were
used to, required them to come together in preparation for the cold months -- and
in celebration of the fact that the year's good harvest would see them through.
That spirit of celebration
remains, though today Thanksgiving is primarily a time for gathering with
friends and family, as well as a time to rest and reflect -- not only on what's
past, but on what the future holds. While Thanksgiving celebrations are as
varied as snowflakes, they nearly always involve sharing food...such as your EarthBox
There are countless ways that
your EarthBox bounty can enhance your holiday celebrations. Here are just
a few suggestions:
there are the many, many vegetable side dishes and entrees you can craft from your
freshly harvested vegetables, such as cornbread, vegetables au gratin,
vegetable lasagna, ratatouille, winter squash risotto...the list really is
For starters, raw vegetables are wonderful for crudités. Veggies that stand up
well to all kinds of dips include steamed asparagus, bell peppers, broccoli,
carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, green onions, snow peas, and tomatoes.
It should go without saying that soups are an excellent way to enjoy your
harvest, especially now that it's gotten chilly. We're especially fond of bean,
potato, pumpkin, squash, sweet potato, and corn soups, though vegetable
combinations (and there are thousands) always work extremely well in soups,
with or without meat. Similar combinations of vegetables are also ideal for salads.
In addition to sharing with friends and family, donating to others in need is
also part of our Thanksgiving heritage. After all, if the Native Americans
hadn't helped the first settlers, where would we be now? So don't forget about
your local food bank or second harvest organization. To
learn more, visit http://feedingamerica.org.
|Fresh from the Forum
Our customers enjoy sharing ideas, tips, and yes, even recipes. Interested in a delectable potato green bean soup? The user "box lady in florida" has a tried-and-true recipe to share -- and so do many other EarthBox gourmands. Check our Forum's Recipes section for some imaginative ways to consume your produce!
||Retailer of the Month
Each month, we highlight one of
our valued retailers, so readers can learn more about their products and services. This
month, we salute Weston Nurseries in Hopkinton, Massachussetts.|
Family owned and operated, Weston Nurseries has been serving their community
for 86 years. At Weston, one can find a wide array of the landscaping
products most suitable for New England's
weather and soil conditions, including trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals,
fountains, pottery, garden décor, supplies, and holiday items.
What sets this horticultural company apart, though, are all the special
services. Customers can avail themselves of gardening seminars, hands-on workshops,
custom potting services, and a full-service landscape design and installation division.
Weston Nurseries' premium quality products are supported by a friendly and
expert horticultural staff, all of whom are committed to your gardening
Stop by and visit! Weston Nurseries is open daily March through December, with
extended hours during the holidays.
93 East Main Street
||From Our Customers
Greenhouse for EarthBoxes
"FlowerHouse greenhouses for 21 EarthBoxes. We are hoping to keep out the deer and the bear. The windows are open up top to let in the bees. We've got tomatoes, watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, eggplant, squash, beans, peas, herbs, cabbage, more tomatoes, onions, and I can't remember what else!"
||Join Our Community|
EarthBox is on Facebook! Now you can become a fan of EarthBox, joining a community of fellow EarthBox users for conversations, advice and photo sharing -- or just to check out whatever new information EarthBox has to enhance your gardening experience!
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 support packages 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.