Container Gardening Takes Rooftop Gardens to New Heights
A parking garage rooftop seems an unlikely site for a pre-school program, a meditation walk, or an Earth Day chapel service, but those are just a few of the activities you'll find atop the Trinity Lutheran College parking garage in Everett, Washington.
Using 60 container gardens and a greenhouse, Trinity has taken the national trend toward rooftop gardens (earthbox.com/earthbox-systems.html) to new heights, as it were. The busy roof hosts an array of classes, from a nature pre-school program to college level science and education classes.
When classes are not in session, the rooftop garden serves as an urban oasis for community members. A recently developed 7 Days of Creation Walk includes stations for reflection and meditation. On Earth Day, the college community joined together for a rooftop service held in the tranquility of the garden.
Using self-watering containers made the setup and maintenance of Trinity's rooftop garden easy. It relies on EarthBox Gardening Systems, which are easily portable, provide ideal growing conditions, and eliminate the need for weeding.
During the year, Trinity's rooftop garden yields hundreds of pounds of fresh organic vegetables used by the college's food service, and when school is not in session, the produce is donated to a local food bank.
Dr. David Ellingson, Professor Children, Youth, and Family Studies at Trinity, remarks, "We are grateful that we are able to continue growing on our 'rooftop laboratory,' as it benefits so many people in our area. We look forward to many more years of growing, learning and giving through our rooftop garden."
Molly Philbin, Education & Community Gardens Director at EarthBox, notes that Trinity Lutheran's rooftop garden is just one of many sprouting up around the country. "We've worked with everything from an elementary school in Brooklyn, NY to a homeless shelter in Los Angeles that serves 2,000 meals per day. The establishment of the rooftop garden at the latter site was spearheaded by a high school student. It's really gratifying to be able to see how these rooftop gardens bring people together to do so much good."
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