US (GA): Dunwoody’s aeroponic gardens are taking root

An exterior courtyard, previously used as a smoking area at Dunwoody’s Crown Pointe office complex, has been repurposed as a tower garden. Smoking on the courtyard is now prohibited, and the area has become a beautiful and popular spot for relaxing and unwinding during the work day.

In fact, aeroponic gardens are popping upin interior lobby spaces, sunny rooftops and courtyards all over Dunwoody, while harvests are being shared with area food banks, sold at office building fruit and vegetable markets, and as menu sustenance for local restaurants.

“We have installed more than 20 tower gardens,” said Copiana CEO Jim McCutcheon. “The majority of them are in Dunwoody. The vertical earth friendly design uses 90 percent less land and water than is normally required to grow produce.”

The vertical towers can vary in design and height and can be placed inside or outside. A seven-stack tower, as shown above, can yield up to 75 pounds of produce each year with harvests every two or three weeks. Aeroponic garden installations in Dunwoody include Crown Pointe, Park Center, Three Ravinia and Sterling Pointe.
With aeroponic gardens, 100 percent of the nutrients and water used is recycled in this closed-system technology. More, the pH-balanced ionic minerals and nutrients protect the plants to the point that very little or no pesticides are required to keep the plants healthy. The tower-to table design can also cut out packaging, shipping and storage.

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