Community Centers

Creating a destination for your residents with a shared purpose: Gardening!

As part of our legacy as a country, most towns had a town square – a gathering place for the community for celebrations, meeting people, sharing news and information and to gather in times of trouble or uneasiness. Many cities have lost this and many municipalities – while the square still exists – just have a big old building (usually a courthouse) sitting in the middle of the block in the center of town. What else has been lost is the sense of community that we once shared – where people worked together for a common purpose.

What if you could help your town – or city or community center – recapture that sense of community pride, that sense of shared purpose that mission of working together to do something remarkable or to simply grow some vegetables for use within the community.

This is where an Eco Garden Systems’ Original Garden comes in to the picture. A 4’x6’ sustainable raised garden bed, each garden becomes a centerpoint of a community – a shared purpose where people can gather, share knowledge, share time and reconnect on a personal (rather than electronic) level.

Around the US there is a movement taking place – one designed to recapture this sense of community. This movement is working to replace grass with gardens and change the way public land is used to not only become more productive but the re-cast how communities form. From San Diego to Boston work is being done to help build community gardens – but not just a formal “Community Garden” but also re-useable growing spaces that allow strangers to meet and form bonds of “community” – around the shared purpose of growing food for themselves and for others. In our electronic world of today, the human connection has been damaged. We have access to more information but seem to be lacking in wisdom and knowledge. We know how things work without ever having the experience of making them work. A garden is a perfect example – we have combined the art of nurturing plants with the science behind how plants thrive to create the perfect growing platform designed to enhance that sense of community.

Whether your community is a city or town, a high-rise/low-rise multi-family dwelling, a community center or some other team seeking to create a community, we believe that gardening in an Eco Garden will help everyone find their next community.

Plastic vs. Wood: Which is better for a raised garden bed?

We get asked quite a bit about why plastic and not wood – especially since we tout our sustainability. The answer is easy – time. A wooden garden (at least one without chemicals in the wood) falls apart quickly with our water science – lasting only two to three years before needing to be rebuilt. A plastic garden – especially one made from food grade plastic with a UV stabilizer and anti-microbial – will last 20+ years, allow you to use 65% less water and is fully recyclable. Our sustainability mind-set goes beyond materials – to how you can reduce your total environmental footprint while maximizing your ability to grow your own food. Our 4’x6’ garden can produce as much as a 4’x12’ in-ground plot allowing you to be space sustainable.

Additionally, many people – especially those in more inner-city communities – may not have access to quality soil. Whether it is too hard, has too many chemicals or is susceptible to too much runoff from nearby industrial projects, our raised garden beds put you squarely in control. Want to be Organic right out of the box – you get that with an Eco Garden. Want to control the soil, the nutrients and the water? You get that too – in fact, you are in complete control all while be able to maximize your growing capabilities.

The growing season is short – will an Eco Garden help?

Yes – if you are in the Northern half of the country, an Eco Garden raised garden bed can help you get started earlier and grow later allowing you to maximize a shorter growing season. Many of our gardens in Northern climates can get multiple crops in with a sound succession planting program. If you are in the Southern half of the country or even along most of the West Coast, you will be able to get a complete second season in the Winter. Our gardens in use along the West Coast have been able to grow “perennial crops” – crops that produce year after year – and have shown success with cool weather crops across the South. This is due to the science behind our garden – the Soil Platform, Water Reservoir and Air Gap – see the section below on the Ecosystem of an Eco Garden.

Gardening can sometimes be intimidating – how can an Eco Garden help?

We have bumped up against the gardening culture wherever we go – due mainly to our fundamentally different way of looking at gardening. Growing your own food should not be difficult but it should be a wonderful learning experience. Anyone can grow more vegetables than ever before – no matter your skill level.

A beginner can quickly see results and can recover from any mistakes – our garden can almost take care of itself when prepare properly. An experienced gardener can achieve maximum results as they already know about things like companion planting, succession planting, stacking plants (foreground, mid-ground and background), how to maximize sun exposure, etc. No matter where you are on the gardening experience spectrum, an Eco Garden can help you be better.

Finally, the sense of shared purpose between beginners and experts will help expand the knowledge of everyone involved – and isn’t that what we all want? To help others make their lives better? At Eco Garden Systems, that is our reason for being.

How can we get people interested in a community garden?

Community education is a growing trend – and a garden offers a wide variety of things to “teach” to all ages:

  • Farm to Table – what does it take to get food to people in your town?
  • Healthy Eating – what can nutrient dense and “clean” vegetables do to help achieve a healthy lifestyle?
  • Fitness – a little exercise – especially for seniors – is shown to improve health and fitness. Gardening as a hobby is also proven to be a wonderful stress and anxiety release – what a great combo for building a better lifestyle!
  • Business – selling the bounty, donating the bounty, cost analysis, etc. – the possibilities of teaching business lessons is almost endless
  • The Science of Growing Plants – soil, sun, water, wind, nutrients, etc.
  • Indoor vs. Outdoor – we encourage a combined grow for all communities – how does growing “in the wild” compare and contrast with growing in a controlled environment?

The only limiter is your imagination – your community will be the ones to create the desired learning pathways as they ask questions and contribute answers. This is what community used to be about – and can be again for those willing to step off the curb and get started.

If we have extra land (as most cities do) why would we not just plant in-ground?

There are many reasons to think raised garden bed – the most important is access. With an aging population, more people are not able to physically accomplish in-ground gardening. Our company started as a solution for this specific challenge for folks as they age. We have discuss soil issues above but also find that, in some communities, open soil is at a premium. An Eco Garden works perfectly on hardscape – allowing every city to maximize their space.

Finally, we also have a “hack” for those that seek wheelchair access. Our garden bed comes with feet and legs bringing the height up to 39” (kitchen counter height) which works for most people. For wheelchairs (or even kids) by setting the garden directly on the “feet” only, the top lip of the garden becomes accessible for folks that sit as they work. We do not recommend setting the garden directly on the ground as this will prevent the plumbing from working properly.

Great product – how can my community afford to get started?

An Eco Garden Systems’ Original Garden is an investment – a 20+ year investment that will pay you and your community back over and over. From more crops per year to faster speed to maturity to using 65% less water, these are all measures your community will embrace.

In addition, your community can now “give back” – by working with local shelters or food shelves to share the bounty to harvesting seeds for resale or simple sustainability. This can be a legacy project – building out a community around gardening is not just a one-off but an investment in the community, in the people and in the future.

Finally, our system is scalable. Four gardens is a great start (and all can be connected to a single controller for automation) and you can quickly and easily scale up from there. Interested in getting your garden started? Read how the Eco Garden adds value to your garden community.

The Eco Gardens Systems “Eco System”

What makes our product unique on the market? We have compiled an entire segment on this – and you can find it here.

Finally, our product is proudly fabricated and assembled in the United States – in fact, our plant is located in a small town in Central Minnesota – creating sustainable jobs in manufacturing, order processing, supply chain and fulfillment.

If you work with or for your community, we want to work with you to get our gardens working for your community – to begin to take back control of where your food comes from, build a stronger community network and become a place where everyone wants to be.

Where can I download a brochure?

We have created a brochure especially for Community Centers like yours who want to embrace gardening. View our eMagazine Eco Garden System for Community Centers for specs and benefits for your industry. Contact us to talk about your needs or place your order!

Our Partners

Our System

The original Eco Garden will transform the way you garden. Quick and simple to setup, sustainable, and efficient — this garden is for any level of gardener.

Who We Are

Started in 2016, Eco Garden Systems has a long history of gardening, gardening innovation and gardening for seniors.

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