Create Your Own AGRITRACTION!
Agritourism Destinations are among some of the latest trends in travel. Forward-thinking Tourism Professionals and Community Planners are coming up with new ways to fuel the ever-growing public curiosity and demand for more Agritourism. From planting hydroponic gardens for patrons to enjoy tower-to-table fresh produce, to scene-setting vertical gardens for ambience and aesthetics, restaurant, wineries, resorts, event centers – even airports – are creating their own agritractions. Want to grow a greater future (and a healthy profit)? MORE…
Rooftop Urban Gardens
In many states, like Colorado, demand for “locally grown” far exceeds supply as 97% of leafy greens, consumed annually, are imported from out of state. (California, Arizona). This demand – especially in densely populated cities like New York and others – creates its own dilemmas as many downtown, overcrowded areas are miles from any local producer. So forward thinking restaurateurs, like John Mooney of Bell, Book & Candle in New York, are growing their own – and treating patrons to the ambience of ‘sitting in a garden.’ From garden-side, to patio-centered and … even on the rooftop, these forward-thinking chefs and restaurant owners provide their patrons with local, organic, sustainable and overall responsible produce procurement – which their patrons can actually see! Here’s how John created his rooftop urban garden.
O’Hare International Airport
At O’Hare International Airport, their indoor Tower Farm, located in the Rotunda between Terminal 2 and Terminal 3, grows fresh produce — everything from green beans to lettuce to peppers — year-round for travelers from all over the world. Besides producing nutritious, aromatic food, the indoor farm at O’Hare doubles as a peaceful lounge where passengers can relax between flights.
Orange County Convention Center
The Orange County Convention Center is a proud leader in innovative urban agriculture…and forward-thinking – with a 2,000 sq. ft. aeroponic garden that yields all-natural, chemical-free, edible greens grown in the Westwood Lobby. As part of their “Our Home for Life” sustainability plan, they have signaled out as focus areas: Community, Natural Resources, Mobility, Built Environment, Arts & Culture, Education, and Civic Engagement.
Adding ambience to Microsoft’s Redmond Campus are hydroponic gardens that yield – with a planting-to-harvest cycle of just 28 days – yields nearly 15,000 lbs. of produce annually. Visitors can find the towers flourishing in transparent enclosures at The Commons in addition to an on-campus plaza featuring 23 organic- and local-minded restaurants — many of which use fresh produce from their Tower Farm. How did Microsoft chieve this? More…
Mari’s Garden, Oahu, HI
Mari’s Gardens is an 18-acre aquaponics and hydroponics farm located in Mililani on the island of O‘ahu, Hawaii. What’s unique about Mari’s is they are not reliant on the traditional ‘tractor tour’ of the farm. Guests actually have the opportunity to tour the hydroponic and aquaponic growing facilities and discover and explore the wonderful world of soilless farming in the hydroponic Tower Farm. Mari’s welcomes students, teachers and chaperones to take an educational journey through The Gardens with their knowledgeable and professional tour guides. Guests also then join in on some of the activities to manage a farm. In 2017 they hosted over 4,000 students at the farm!
Hospitality & Vacation Rentals
Many hospitality professionals are adding fresh appeal with Agritainment like Chapala Gardens in Santa Barbara. With 3 lovely vacation rentals on the property, just steps from the beach, this vacation rental ramped up their offerings to their guests with a rooftop hydroponic tower garden. The garden serves as a source for garden-fresh, organic produce for guests, a delightful place for guests to wind down and escape tourist crowds, and as an event center for happy hours, get-togethers, etc. Think this might work for YOUR Resort, Inn, B&B or vacation rental?
Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
To further illustrate their committment to their philosophy that “food should be sourced in a sustainable manner” to their visitors from around the world, Loveland Living Planet Aquarium – through their catering partner, ICON Culinary – grow our own greens in-house with hydroponic grow towers. “Our hydroponic grow towers provide us with the most flavorful organic greens you’ve ever tasted. We are able to offer a menu that is guaranteed to wow every mouth that we cater to while being ecologically responsible.” Have an attraction, museum, zoo, aquarium, botanical garden or other? Easily incorporate this concept into it –
Schools, Training Centers, Non-Profits?
Would you like to better engage your class, increase attendance, or improve student performance? Tower Garden can help you educate, excite, and inspire in your classroom. There’s even a curriculum that pairs with it! More …