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July 2010

In This Issue
EarthBox Education
Now, About
That Contest...
Fresh from the Forum
Retailer of the Month
From Our Customers
Join Our Community
About EarthBox
EarthBox Education:
Indiana School for
the Deaf Project

An EarthBox video produced by Indiana School for the Deaf fifth and sixth graders gives new meaning to the word "storytelling." Signing with great confidence and poise, sixth grader Theodore Miller promotes EarthBox's ease of use and other benefits in a 2½ minute video.

Theodore Miller

Open-captioned in English, the presentation includes an offer to purchase the EarthBox through the school for a special price; the customer chooses the plants, and students fill the EarthBoxes with them. This successful fundraiser generated over $300 to help fund the students' Scholastic Book Fair.

In addition to learning about technology, students also learned the science behind the scientifically engineered container garden system, its sustainable features, and how to grow healthy produce. During the EarthBox planting session, Theodore demonstrated to fellow students how to fill and plant the customers' boxes.

Middle School English Teacher Donna Harris advised on and directed the video, which is part of the 4H curriculum's Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) in Our Community Digital Storytelling Project.

"All of the students were completely engaged in this hands-on project," says Ms. Harris. "It's clear that when children are involved in growing and preparing food, they are much more open to tasting new things."

Each student participant received a certificate from Purdue Extension/4H Partners at a May 28 Middle School Film Festival in Indianapolis. Jim Becker of the Purdue University Extension Service and Jeff Jones, the school's Purdue horticultural partner, taught the 5th and 6th graders how to plan, shoot, and edit short films.

Keep it up, kids!

For information on starting an EarthBox community project of your own, click here or contact our Education Department at 1-800-821-8838, ext. 8348 or 8369.

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We certainly hope you're doing well and staying cool this summer!

We expect that you're starting to enjoy your EarthBox bounty by now. In this kind of weather, your peppers, eggplant, and similar tomato-relatives should be doing great. Corn, okra, summer squash, and cantaloupes also do well in warm weather.

We'd love to see photos of your summer EarthBox gardens. In fact, we're having a photo contest, and we hope you'll participate. Read on to learn more!

Happy harvests,

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Frank DiPaolo
Olive Green ArrowNow, About That Contest...

We're holding a catalog photo contest again this year, and we invite you to participate. Last year's catalog photos showcased (among other things) stellar pepper and tomato crops -- in fact, one EarthBoxer had 100 pounds of tomatoes! We also got some wonderful photos of EarthBoxes brimming with flowers, herbs, eggplant, corn and beans.


spinWell, folks, I have a stack of $50 EarthBox gift certificates sitting on my desk, and I'd love to send you one. Here's how it works: photograph your EarthBoxes at the height of their summer bounty, and email the pictures to with "Catalog Contest" in the subject line. Photos with people are always more interesting, so don't be shy -- get in on the shot too, or include your spouse, your kids, your dog, or your cat.

spinEveryone whose photo entry is used in our new catalog will receive a certificate. I hope one of them will go to you! There's no limit to the number of photos you can submit. So why not grab your camera right now, before it slips your mind? We're looking forward to hearing from you!

Olive Green ArrowFresh from the Forum
Hey, Peter Piper!

Wondering how to know when it's time to pick your peppers? Just take a look here, and your fellow EarthBoxers will tell you!

Olive Green ArrowRetailer of the Month
Molbak's Home and Garden


Molbak'sEvery month, we highlight one of our valued partners, so that you can learn more about them and their products. This month we salute Molbak's Home and Garden, in Woodinville, Washington. In addition to selling a wide range of annuals, perennials, seeds and tools, Molbak's offers a number of innovative features not often seen at garden centers.


For example, visitors can enjoy fresh fare at the outdoor Garden Café, which is surrounded by stunning gardens designed by horticulturalist Richard Hartlage. Healthy soups, salads, sandwiches and more are available.


Seminars keep the creative ideas flowing for gardeners; upcoming workshops include therapeutic properties of lavender, healthy summer recipes, creating your outdoor space, and grilling. Special customer services include Molbak's Information Booth, a welcome site for those who have questions or need advice on samples brought from home.


Molbak's also gives back to the community with their "Share Your Harvest" Program. Last year, residents donated about 2,200 pounds of fresh-picked herbs, fruits and vegetables, which were delivered to Food Banks in Totem Lake and Redmond.


Stop by Molbak's at 13625 NE 175th Street, Woodinville, Washington. For hours and other information, visit or call 425-483-5000.

Olive Green ArrowFrom Our Customers
There's a Frog in my EarthBox!

spin"This is a funny looking tomato!


"I was walking around the garden this afternoon, and I did a double take when I saw this on one of my tomato plants!"


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Zone 7

Olive Green ArrowJoin 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.

And don't forget to check out our videos! This is a members only feature, so if you're not already a Facebook member, you'll need to sign up to view the videos.
Olive Green ArrowOrdering 

To place an order, call us at 866-727-5532 (24/7) or visit our online store.

By the way: if you're an educator or know one, you can contact the EarthBox Education department at  1-800-821-8838, ext. 8348 or 8369.

Olive Green ArrowAbout EarthBox 
The 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 To order a catalog, call 888-917-3908.
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