Why “Grow a Garden” Should Be Your New Year’s Resolution (Part 2)

In our last post, we heard from nine people who discovered that starting a garden yields much more than fresh produce. From a few humble seeds, these growers reaped a range of personal benefits — such as healthier habits, cost savings, and enhanced overall wellness — along with fruits and veggies.

Continuing with New Year’s spirit of growth and improvement, we’d like to share 11 more stories with you. These, however, focus on the ways that gardening can help you elevate the lives of others, including your family and wider community.

We hope the final part of this series inspires you to grow something greater for yourself and for those around you! (To provide a consistent reading experience, we lightly edited customer quotes to account for spelling and grammatical errors.)

Note: The following testimonials describe individual experiences of Tower Garden customers and do not guarantee results. Your product experience may vary.

Gardening Excites, Engages, and Educates Kids

Growing plants and witnessing where the food comes from can bring stale textbook lessons to life. (Plus, as we saw in part one of this series, kids who grow vegetables are more likely to eat those vegetables!)

And now that growing plants in school has become easier and more accessible, educators everywhere have begun to view gardening as a key teaching tool.

I see my students talking to other students enthusiastically about biology class, which is very rare for high school students.

I am a teacher and wanted to be able to have plants in my classroom year-round to teach my students about eating healthy and the biology of plants.

I have seen my students take control of the Tower Gardens and have pride in our classroom. They are so much more [engaged] now that they can actually see the process of photosynthesis and have chromatography labs.

The hands-on experience in biology is priceless. I see my students talking to other students enthusiastically about biology class, which is very rare for high school students.

The Tower Garden has really made a difference, and I am hoping to purchase more in the future for the special education program in my school.

– Ashley D. from Pennsylvania

My children learn that plants can be grown in a variety of ways.

Our family loves vegetables, and in the summer I have a beautiful vegetable garden. The problem is, in my part of the world, the winter lasts six months. I was struggling growing with hydroponics, and I needed a better, easier option for an indoor garden.

Now that we have the Tower Garden, we have fresh produce all year round! I am also able to help my children learn that plants can be grown in a variety of ways.

My 14-year-old helps me maintain the water in the garden. My 11-year-old is planning to do his science project with the Tower Garden next year. My three-year-old is learning when we should and shouldn’t pick the tomatoes.

– Ally J. from Minnesota

From kindergarten through 4th grade, we always have kids begging to take salad home. The adults also love the ability to grab a fresh lunch.

I'm a teacher, and I wanted to get gardens implemented in our school.

The kids love to watch things grow and pick from the Tower. We have a high poverty rate and not many choices for fresh grocery shopping. So, sharing the ease of gardening year-round with our kids and families is fun.

From kindergarten through 4th grade, we always have kids begging to take salad home. The adults also love the ability to grab a fresh lunch.

– Amy H. from Kansas

When we harvest, they are eager to try the food, even if they have never tried it before.

I am a wellness advocate at a local elementary school, and I am passionate about teaching kids how to live a healthy lifestyle and eat real food.

I have a Tower Garden at home and one at the school. I have been teaching weekly lessons to the students and using the Tower to inspire them to make healthier choices. I am in awe of the love and respect the kids show for the Tower and how excited they are when I come to the classroom. They listen attentively, are eager to participate, give me hugs, and ask for autographs.

When we harvest, they are eager to try the food, even if they have never tried it before. So rewarding! I am proud of the work I do, and I love having the Tower in the classroom. It makes the classroom look full of life, and the sound of the water is so relaxing for the kids.

– Cristina M. from Arizona

Gardening Builds Family Bonds

The collaborative nature of gardening with others provides fertile ground for building relationships. As a result, many people find growing a garden to be a fun and rewarding family project.

Not only has my wife not needed her SAD (seasonal affective disorder) medication, all my children openly graze! We all pick out which greens to use for smoothies.

We didn’t own our land, so I attempted potted edible plants. My oldest thought the mint that survived (nothing else grew) tasted like gum — not the other way around.

I wanted all my kids to learn where food comes from. A friend introduced me to Tower Garden, and now we have two. My kids are my inspiration. We have two operational in my kitchen in the winter.

Not only has my wife not needed her SAD (seasonal affective disorder) medication, all my children openly graze! We all pick out which greens to use for smoothies.

We are terrible gardeners. Killed everything but mint — but not anymore. The whole family is involved. And we proudly show off our Towers to everyone who walks in the door.

– Wilson M. from Pennsylvania

The whole family is involved, and we love it as a family activity.

I didn’t know what to buy my wife for her birthday, but remembered that she had always talked about having a Tower Garden. I knew it would be a unique and memorable present that would keep giving over time.

We grow food for use in all of our meals — kale for breakfast smoothies, snap peas and lettuces for lunches and dinners, and eventually the zucchini will be big enough for chocolate chip zucchini bread as dessert!

The whole family is involved, and we love it as a family activity.

– Jason M. from Arizona

We do a weekly Tower Tuesday Facebook Live video so that our friends and family can share in our fun.

I homeschool my two sons and wanted to give them tangible experiences with gardening from seed to harvest — and hopefully get them eating more vegetables from our own Tower.

My kids are excited to see the change in our Tower every day. And we do a weekly Tower Tuesday Facebook Live video so that our friends and family can share in our fun.

This has been an incredible experience for all of my family. I’ve got a notoriously black thumb — but right now I’ve got a thriving vegetable garden!

– Kim H. from Texas

Gardening Cultivates Healthier Communities

Just as growing food can enhance life for you and your family, gardening can help your larger community — from generating a sustainable supply of fresh food to creating job skill development opportunities.

Tower Gardens allow us to grow our own nutritious food year-round instead of being reliant upon canned goods.

Hope Faith Ministries is a daytime outreach facility to the homeless. We are striving for better nutrition for our clients to help with the high blood pressure and diabetes that are rampant in our demographic.

Tower Gardens allow us to grow our own nutritious food year-round instead of being reliant upon canned goods that have very few nutrients and do not look appealing on a plate.

We currently have six Towers and are hoping to eventually have 30. Just this year, we've already grown and harvested 50 pounds of fresh lettuce, kale, spinach, and fresh herbs. The fresh herbs (cilantro and basil) allow us to veer away from salt usage in the foods we cook, while adding much needed flavor to foods that are normally prepared very blandly in commercial kitchens serving the homeless.

Our clients are really enjoying the improved meals.

– Cristi S. from Missouri

We have taught children the benefits of growing your own food, including those relating to the environment.

We are a nonprofit organization who have put our energy into helping children of all ages and backgrounds to be better, not only for themselves, but also for the future and the community. We do this in many ways, including health and fitness.

We do our best to educate young adults on the benefits of healthy early life choices, knowing that our younger selves shape our future ones. To educate young teens for our foundation, we have taught children the benefits of growing your own food, including those relating to the environment.

– Deana V. from New Jersey

Having a Tower Garden has inspired so many family and friends to eat healthier. They can't believe how great the taste is.

Love living a healthy lifestyle. The Tower Garden seemed like a perfect fit!

I'm eating more fresh foods everyday and making lots of friends with all the extra Tower greens we give away. It grows so fast — we can't keep up eating it all.

Having a Tower Garden has inspired so many family and friends to eat healthier. They can't believe how great the taste is.

I will grow my foods forever in the Tower. There is nothing like it!

– Mo C. from New York

My students now want to give back to others.

I teach second grade and want my students to learn healthy habits. Since we live in Michigan, the growing season is in the summer.

I brought the Tower Garden to school so students can learn how to grow and be healthy. We have access to homegrown crops all year long. Many have started gardens at home.

My students now want to give back to others. We are now growing crops for a local summer program called “Feed the Need.” My students love seeing their hard work pay off! They are so excited to watch things grow.

– Carly M. from Michigan


Share Your Gardening Story

Has gardening changed your life in some way, or are you planning to grow a garden in 2019? (See how easy it is!) Let’s chat in the comments below.

If you enjoyed this article, read about researched-backed benefits of gardening here. And if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out part one of this series to learn about the many ways gardening can improve your life.

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