Northwest Colorado Food Coalition: TIM — Tower in Motion — takes to the streets | SteamboatToday.com

Northwest Colorado Food Coalition: TIM — Tower in Motion — takes to the streets

Northwest Colorado Food Coalition

I’ve been gardening aeroponically since 2014 and have had many fun adventures with the 5-foot Tower Garden® since then. From helping students at Emerald Mountain School get started in this type of gardening, to helping secure funding for four of these free-food-growing-machines to go into the new LiftUp of Rout Country garden project, to the wonders of our own home Tower Garden® and the food it produces — not to mention the dozen or so individuals we’ve also helped get started — gardening year round indoors has become a passion of mine.

Our local Tower Garden® team has brought the show tower to Saturday Farmers Markets, CSU Master Gardener events and other community outreach opportunities to show off this amazing, plug-and-play garden technology. It fires up my passion for local food to talk up the sustainability features of this futuristic growing machine.

So, what better way to do that than have the show tower — now dubbed TIM, our tower in motion — make its way through town, sharing food at local, like-minded businesses and community locations.

During the summer, TIM was at Thrival Mode, a new chiropractic center in Central Park plaza, and owner Dr. Kevin Gower remarked how the glowing tower would draw people in to check out what the lights were all about.

To share the love in a broader way, starting in October, we launched a 6-week growing partnership with TIM that started at Young Tracks preschool. The teachers and children got to help plant, grow and harvest TIM. Seeing the process of growing vegetables from start to finish is so great for young minds. It was such a successful month there, the Young Tracks funding coordinator Hillary Ackerman is currently researching how to get a tower into the school full time.

Following the Young Tracks Thanksgiving feast, TIM headed to Euzoa Bible Church at the base of Buffalo Pass, and in January, it will move to Sundance Studio.

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Having TIM move around town helps get exposure for the tower’s technology but also helps bring food to those in need during a season when vine-ripe produce is hard to come by.

If you have a location idea for TIM, reach out and help us spread the love of gardening. Learn more about aeroponic gardening and the Tower Garden® by visiting towergarden.com.

Andy Kennedy is a CSU Master Gardener. To reach him, email andyjkennedy@gmail.com or call 970-846-9256.

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