A Small Family Farm Inspires Health for an Entire Community and Beyond

A Small Family Farm Inspires Health for an Entire Community and Beyond

Future Growing LLC

A small family farm can positively impact the health of an entire family and an entire community in so many ways, I would like to introduce you to a family of vertical farmers and tell you how the vertical aeroponic Tower Garden® has transformed their lives. Husband-and-wife team Dr. Mitra Ray and Doug Barlow have spent the last two decades educating others on the power of whole food nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Getting fresh local veggies year-round in their home town of Seattle is extremely difficult especially during the winter and spring, and this family was determined to change that.

Tim Blank
Founder and CEO, Future Growing® LLC

Dr. Mitra RayDoug Barlow

Pictured above: Urban farmers Dr. Mitra Ray and Doug Barlow

Q: Doug, how did you first learn about vertical aeroponic farming?

When I first heard about the concept of vertical aeroponics and the Tower Garden®, I…

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Dehydrated Kale

Dehydrated Kale

and enjoyFresh is bestChop out the bugsBugs love Organic so wash wellCut off stemsSalad spinners make washing easy
Cut in half for larger piecesCoatBake in oven for 1 hour on warmOr.. Dehydrate

Dehydrated Kale, a set on Flickr.

My friend Hilary asked me on fb, “How do you make Kale taste good?” so here’s a blog dedicated to her success! Hopefully she’ll be able to try this tasty snack with all her cool Pampered Chef gadgets too! The dehydrator idea came from Manuel at Lassens, he’s super helpful and has known my brother since junior high. Enjoy!

Palm Sunday blessings

Palm Sunday blessings

“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?” Matt. 6:26


A break from the wind, a set on Flickr.

The last few weeks have been horrible for the lil seedlings! They’ve been beaten by the winds and some sadly didn’t make it from freezing temps. I’ve tried a few make shift coverings of sheets and trash bags but nothing really stable for the long haul until my awesome Mom in law remembered seeing a greenhouse last summer from Harbor Freight. Well what a great investment because after more testy weather, they’re all safe and secure! Even the tiniest newly sprouted strawberry plants. Praise the Lord!!! He cares 🙂

St. Patties Thai Green Curry

St. Patties Thai Green Curry

Usually my hubby has the green thumb in the kitchen when trying new recipes. Tonight I wanted to help him out and make something special as he was working from home on St. Patrick’s. He loved it and hopefully you will too!


1 Whole Chicken (cut up)

Salt and Pepper

2 TBSP Vegetable Oil

1 Yellow Onion (chopped)

4-5 Garlic Cloves (minced)


1 TBSP Celery Seasoning

5-7 oz of Mae Ploy Thai Green Curry Paste (if local, found at DeBu) http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotoosvanrobin/6477125445/

1 frozen green bean package

1 can each of carrots and corn (drained)

14 oz Coconut Cream


Place chicken pieces on baking sheet or stoneware and rub with salt and pepper. Bake at 350 for 20-30 min until cooked on the outside (per my Grandma’s suggestion). In a large pot, brown onions in oil then add garlic just before adding chicken. Cover with water about 1/2 inch above chicken. Add Celery Seasoning and simmer covered for 30 min. Add veggies and coconut cream. Stir and let boil down as long as possible or at least 20 min if watery. Enjoy with steamed rice 🙂

3.12.12 Seedlings planted after 7 days of germination

3.12.12 Seedlings planted after 7 days of germination

3.12.12 Seedlings planted by Jevie Buck

3.12.12 Seedlings planted, a photo by Jevie Buck on Flickr.

These seedlings were ready for planting just in time for my Mom’s birthday today! She’s really looking forward to Broccoli Raab and Kale in her own backyard.