Growing Green Businesses: Three Fun and Exciting Urban Gardening Ventures

With the growing interest in home gardening as a means of saving money and eating locally and organically, there’s also a growing number of interesting an inventive green gardening businesses sprouting up online. These three green entrepreneur ventures will give you fun and practical solutions to some of your urban gardening challenges.

Whiligro Vertical Gardening

If you lack the space to have a large backyard garden but yearn for the opportunity to grow your own flowers and veggies, then you’ll want to check out the Whirligro system. This vertical gardening concept is both highly practical for urban gardeners, and a whole lot of fun.

The Whirligro tubes are created in spiral shapes with holes for the plants (which means less weeding!) so that you can grow vertically to increase your yield per square foot. Not only are these spirals durable, but they’re also transportable, so you can move them around if you have varying levels of sunshine and rain. A unit comes with 10 tubes around a central post in which you can grow 30 plants. They’re ideal for fast-growing leaf crops.

ALLOTINABOX All-in-One Urban Gardening Kits

Urban gardeners itchy to get their green thumbs dirty can now do so even easier than ever with the ALLOTINABOX. This fun little green business offers bespoke GYI seed boxes that provide everything you need for cultivating your own urban garden. Each hand-created box contains things like the Grow wheel (so that you can determine when to plant each seed), seed packs, garden twine, and plant tags, all wrapped up in plantable tissue paper.

One of their most popular products right now is their Seasonal Supply of ALLOTINABOX set. This option gets you a new seasonal box full of the perfect seeds for the time of year, sent at the beginning of each quarter throughout the year. The company also sells each of the items separately.

Fresh Roots Urban Farm
Fresh Roots Urban Farm is a community-supported agriculture (CSA) organization with a twist. Not only do they provide the basics of a CSA – locally-grown, organic produce that supports regional producers, regular pick-ups or deliveries, and even composting services – but they have set up shop (i.e. farms) in local schoolyards.

Instead of depending on rural farmers (worthy folks that they are), this particular CSA relies on urban farmers who cultivate the land on school properties throughout the Vancouver area. The partnerships created between the CSA and the schools has provided additional space for cultivating the produce, while simultaneously creating a hands-on environment where students can learn about food sources and gardening.


This post was written by:

Maryruth Belsey Priebe

Maryruth has been seeking the keys to environmental justice - both at home and at work - for over a decade. Growing up adjacent to wild spaces, Maryruth developed a healthy respect (and whimsical appreciation) for things non-human, but her practical mind constantly draws her down to earth to ponder tangible solutions to complex eco-problems.

With interests that range from green living to green business, sustainable building designs to organic gardening practices, ecosystem restoration to environmental health, Maryruth has been exploring and writing about earth-matters for most of her life. Of special interest is the subject of ecopsychology and the role the natural world plays in the long-term health and well-being of humanity. You can learn more about Maryruth's work at

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  1. Parminder says:

    I think the main focus, to bring up “forever greenery” for the garden, should be given to regularly cleaning up the unwanted weed which prevents the useful plants from growing at their normal pace. The garden should have different kinds of plants and herbs which help in maintaining good balance for the growth. Now a days many companies are competing for their “garden kits & seeds”, specifying different plants/sherbs for the garden irrespective of the consumer needs. I think consumer should have closer look on their garden needs based on the fertility of the soil.

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