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Grow Food in a Shoebox

I once heard Michael Pollan evoke our relationship with food in a way that profoundly resonated with me.

“For a long time, the environmentalist movement had a blind spot for agriculture. It has turned around as it’s realizing that food grown with respect for the environment offers us a new positive model for our relationship with Nature,” he said.

For those of us who live in urban centers, as do more than 50 percent of the world population, our relationship with Nature is mostly limited to the experiences we may enjoy on vacation away from the city. How do we nurture that relationship in our daily urban lives so as to keep alive the connection to our essence and to the whole of Creation?

That’s where natural food comes in. It embodies the vital link between soil, plants, animals and mankind that Sir Albert Howard, and many others after him, have upheld as the cycle of life that we depend on. A cycle whose health, vibrancy and balance is a huge component of the overall health of our planet.

Now. What if we took that cycle home? On our decks or even straight in the kitchen if natural sunlight allows? That’s what Earthbox, a Pennsylvania-based company, has been proposing to do since 1994. Its concept is beautifully simple and effective: bring Nature to you in the form of a food-growing box designed to yield gorgeous, delicious crops with minimum effort. No farming skills necessary. Just enough direct sunlight and follow the instructions!

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Laetitia Mailhes

Laetitia Mailhes is a French-born journalist. After many years as the technology and innovation correspondent of the French "Financial Times" in San Francisco, she decided to focus on what truly matters to her: sustainable food and farming. Find more articles and videos on her blog, The Green Plate Blog.


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12:46PM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

a good idea to try !

10:31PM PDT on Mar 24, 2012


8:48PM PST on Dec 18, 2011

takes a little time to find the right plant for the right spot, but it's nice to have herbs any time I want.

11:19PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

It is surprising how much you can grow in a small space, or in pots, give it a go!

8:19PM PDT on Aug 22, 2011

thanks for this article. I have a few vegetables and herbs in my kitchen garden.

3:06PM PDT on Aug 22, 2011

Hmm... very interesting... TY

3:06PM PDT on Aug 22, 2011

Hmm... very interesting... TY

5:45PM PDT on May 24, 2011

I'm having the best year ever, containering! It is a nice hobby to have! Thank you.

2:10PM PDT on May 24, 2011

I love the idea! I'll probably never use it though because I have an acre of land which I already have multiple gardens growing in! thanks!

12:55PM PST on Feb 10, 2011

Great article! It is indeed very satisfying to grow your own food. Even simple herbs are most inspirational to watch and grow. Little sprouts too, can be nice to watch. Then again, I am a big fan of green in- and outdoors, both food-plants and 'simple' plants :)

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