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"Living Towers is home to a 2,200 square foot, state-of-the- art greenhouse that produces “beyond organic” lettuces, herbs, and vegetables. We are open from 10am – 6pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The produce we grow and a variety of seedlings (see www.livingtowerseedlings.com for details) are always available. Group tours are also available outside of these hours. Please contact us for more information or to book a tour.
Living Towers was established in October 2010 by Dr Jan Young ND. Jan’s small idea soon became a large project, as more and more families became aware of the importance of locally grown foods and knowing the source of those foods. The business is now run by Jan, her son Jason and her daughter-in-law Dee. In October 2012, just two years after Living Towers opened, construction began on the second greenhouse.
Living Towers is also a prototype of the future in community and family food production and consumption. Our food is produced “Clean and Green” using rainwater collection and solar energy, creating the smallest possible ecological footprint. Here we grow over 5000 plants in a 2,200 square foot greenhouse. Grow these crops on the ground and you would use between a third and half an acre!
We use a water based growing system (Hydroponic) that creates its own highly oxygenated environment (Aeroponic) for the plant roots. Our plants are grown vertically, using the latest “Tower Garden” (link to Tower Garden Page) technology and a proprietary Tower Tonic plant food. Our wide range of ionic earth based minerals and plant nutrients allow us to grow strong, healthy, nutrient dense produce essential to vibrant human health.
At Living Towers, we blend Nature with Technology, producing foods that “Nourish the Human Body and Spirit”.
We service our local community by selling produce direct from our farm, along with supplying organic co-ops and food banks. Our goals include promoting buying local organic food, as well as the sustainable living movement. We accomplish this by teaching family growing, community gardening, and commercial production through tours and seminars. Eating good quality food doesn’t have to cost the earth, nor have a negative impact on the earth.
For $25 a year you can become a member as well as part owner of the Suncoast Co-op. We are a worker owned cooperative and will give special perks for our member/owners. Patronize from the market and reap the rewards years to come with a vibrant local food economy.
Receive 10% discount with no market surcharge.
Half off on any upcoming workshops or events our co-op may host.
Preferred Patron- If there are 5 apples on the market and 6 are sold, members get preference first on their order being fulfilled.
Discount Membership to the Tampa Bay Time Bank of $10 www.tampabaytime.org will also give Time bank hours to members who volunteer.
You own the business Democratic election of board of directors. Each member gets one vote.
Hiring Opportunity- we are worker owned cooperative we only hire from within. “With us, for us, we hire ourselves”
Please remember to get your orders placed by Thursday noon.
In the News
Our Co-op was mentioned in both the Suncoast News and the New Port Richey Patch. Check out the articles and share with your friends and family. Get inspired by positive things happening in your community and come participate in its creation this co-op is brought to us by our community of members.
Great new Products
Eggs, Cheese, Milk, Grass Fed Beef, Pasture Raised chicken, Kale, Broccoli, Tomatoes, Lettuce and so much more are on the market! Make sure you browse all the categories on the left hand side of the market to see all we have to offer from our over 45+ local growers.
Simply Fresh Customer Pick-up
Customers can now pick-up their orders from Simply Fresh 1pm-2pm in Tarpon Springs on Saturdays. Make sure you specify what customer pick up location you want to pick-up at on the second page when you place your order. Simply Fresh Produce & Peanuts is located at 1942 S. Pinellas Ave. Tarpon Springs, FL.
Growing in Kinship Garden
Learn how to garden for FREE!
We are having frequent work days on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Kinship Garden behind the West Pasco Habitat for Humanity at 4131 Madison street. If you are apart of the Tampa bay Time Bank you can receive Time bank hours for your volunteering.
Partnership with Tampa Bay Time Bank
Starting in February we will be rolling out our partnership with the Tampa Bay Time bank where for every volunteer hour you give to the co-op you can get time bank hours back to trade/barter with others in the community using their website. We will have more information about this Time bank as the weeks go on ask us more in person or check out the website at www.tampabaytime.org
Now accepting all Major credit cards
We are now accepting all major credit cards for a 3.0% additional convenience fee we will use credit cards for your orders.
Please take our Survey
We appreciate you taking 5 minutes to fill out a Survey about the co-op, your feedback helps us do a better job: Survey for the Suncoast Co-op
Eat 10% Local
We are launching a campaign advertising our co-op and for local citizens to start shifting their food budget 10% local. We hope to encourage a food Renaissance and share this vision to people of the Suncoast area becoming an edible cornucopia. We hope to engage and educate people into the local food movement via movies, book studies, and Permablitzes social activities to enhance the development of the movement.
Looking for Volunteers and Board of Directors
We are always looking for new help in growing the cooperative. Becoming a board of director is taking on a leadership position and requires membership/ownership, while volunteering is for short term opportunities to assist the co-op and requires no membership. For inquire into assisting the growth of the co-op and local food movement please email the co-op with what your most interested in assisting the co-op with at Suncoastcoop@gmail.com Put Subject: Board of Director or Volunteer to receive more information
Every Saturday join us for talks about local food movement. $1.50 cup of organic locally roasted coffee and conversations about growing our own food. 10am-2pm at the West Pasco Habitat for Humanity Restore 4131 Madison Street.
Fundraising Committee Meet-up
Saturday, Feb 9th 9:30am
West Pasco Habitat for Humanity 4131 Madison Street, New Port Richey.
We will be discussing how to raise more membership with the co-op by hosting a membership drive. We will continue our conversation about developing a farm to fork fundraiser as well.
The Membership committee is responsible for working with existing Membership to “rally the troops” to become the volunteer “hands” required to implement the marketing plan, fundraising strategies, dissemination of educational materials and other volunteer opportunities.
Free Film Showing: Edible City
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 6:00pm
New Port Richey Public Library
Join us for a free film showing of Edible City! Edible City: Grow the Revolution is a fun, fast-paced, feature-length documentary journey through the local Good Food movement that’s taking root in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the nation and around the world.
Documenting a broad spectrum of activists, organizations and inspired citizens, Edible City shows how everyone can get involved in transforming our food system.
Edible City introduces a diverse cast of extraordinary and eccentric characters who are challenging the paradigm of our broken food system. The movie digs deep into their unique perspectives and transformative work– from edible education to grassroots activism to building local economies— finding hopeful solutions to monumental problems.
We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!
Only a few more hours of ordering time for the market! Be sure to get your orders in by 10:00 p.m. tonight!
Don’t forget we have new pick up times available from 4:00pm to 6:30pm.
We look forward to seeing you at the Market on Thursday at All Saints Episcopal Church!
You can now follow RCM on Facebook! Check out our new page for great info on local foods issues and upcoming events. RCM Facebook
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