Innovation in your own back yard. Introducing Garden To-Go's community building distributive gardening program. So simple. So convenient. So good for you.
And so affordable.
FRESH, LOCAL AND....MOBILE! GARDENING INNOVATION ON YOUR DOORSTEP. LITERALLY.
Garden To-Go was started by Create WV board director, architect and inventor Thom Worlledge, and Advisory Board member, industrial designer and former restraunteur Das Menon. They want to provide an easy way for people of all ages and abilities to grow healthy, fresh produce at home, safely, and without the need to construct planting beds. The concept is simple. Ready to go, compact, self-watering vegetable gardens are distributed on a seasonal basis and returned to a central facility for replanting.
The idea works in conjunction with a system for gathering garden and kitchen waste which is processed into compost. The central facility processes the compost that will be used to fill the planters for the next season. It is a self-sustaining, closed loop organic gardening system.
Garden To-Go, in technical terms, is a distributed community garden, but you can also call it a container garden. The planters are perfect for backyards, balconies, sun rooms and porches. Thom and Das love the idea of reintroducing home gardening to people who think they don't have the energy, room or resources to do it, but this time, through the use of a simple organic gardening system. It will not feed an entire family but it will provide access to fresh produce and reconnect us to where our food comes from. They piloted the program in a small church group, then applied for a micro grant of $2,500 from Try This West Virginia to expand into schools, senior centers, businesses. The program is available to apartment dwellers and other small groups.
The one-time investment for the planter and compost bucket is $65. It will cost $10 to replenish the planters each season. We meet four times per year to plant together. If you are in West Virginia and are interested in starting a Garden To-Go community garden, contact Thom Worlledge at firstname.lastname@example.org.