The concept for Grow Organic World‘s “nethouse” was born on a kibbutz in Israel. Nadav Joshua is an Israeli native who realized the system he worked with for years would produce tremendous results here. “There’s a lot of satisfaction when you see things grow so fast. You can go out and fill up a bucket with tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce…”
It’s a simple system, really. GOW’s nethouses come in three sizes: 8′ x 8′, 8′ x 16″ and 16′ x 16′. The structures are anchored with steel tubing that can withstand winds up to 100 miles per hour. Covered with netting, each house house a zippered door and shade fabric on top. It’s completely plug and play. Planters go into a drainage system. Water can be collected and re-used. Watering is on an atomatic drip system that also provides organic fertilizer.
The idea is to provide maximum yield in from a small space. The nethouses can be placed on concrete, a wood deck, on bare ground, anywhere, really. They’re preferable to a greenhouse because no ventilation is needed. The netting allows for plenty of ventilation, keeping out birds and insects while keeping in enough humidity. Nadav calls them do it yourself food factories producing organic, healthy vegetables and herbs. Each nethouse comes with plants that are already established. 8′ x 8′ systems come with 18 planters and eight large grow bags and start at about $2,500. Included in the price is weekly service for the first three months.
Grow Organic World is already in nearly half a dozen Temecula area schools. Nadav devotes every Wednesday to the schools, talking with the kids and showing them how to grow plants. He believes it’s vitally important to get back to the roots and have fun doing it. It makes him happy to see how excited the students are about working in the garden and reaping their harvest.
They have also designed and built a “tree of life” at the Temecula Rose Society. The trunk and branches form the path and vegetables are the “leaves” in this 10,000 square foot garden. Kids work the garden every Saturday.
Grow Organic World works closes with Slow Food Temecula Valley and looks forward to putting nethouses in more schools, assisted living facilities and of course, more back yards. Nadav also wants to work with homes that treat victims of dementia as working in a garden has shown to be beneficial.
These nethouses are time-tested and proven. I was thoroughly impressed by my visit to their headquarters near the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Preserve. The structures are impressive and there’s a year ’round supply of plants ready to plug into existing nethouses. The plants are lush and the produce vibrant and bountiful. This is indeed an idea whose time has come.