It’s amazing how the Tower Garden has inspired creativity in so many different places and for so many different reasons!
In Coal Country, West Virginia, thousands of miners have lost jobs but two farmers are doing what they can to keep wealth in their community AND provide healthy food to more people.
Farmer Joel McKinney wants to raise the profile of local farming and help small farmers make extra income. He’s doing that in a number of ways and one of them is using the Tower Garden. Joel says, “I want to use as much vertical space as I can and really amaze people with the poundage of food, because I’m growing up instead of out.”
McKinney sells lettuce to the local high school and makes about $800 every three weeks. And he also gives away some of his produce to the food pantry, which is run by his parents. Along with a handful of other farmers, he has started a farmers market outside the food pantry. Read more…