WoollyPocket Featured on Whole Foods Blog

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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Miguel Nelson is a man on a mission. “I love plants. I think plants are the coolest. I feel like civilization would be a better place if people spent a little more time with plants,” says the artist-turned-entrepreneur.

To help people have fun with plants, Miguel created Woolly Pocket , a low-maintenance modular garden that can hang on walls or fences. The modules — or pockets — can be used singly or together to create everything from a windowsill garden to a vast living wall.

The original Woolly Pockets are crafted from recycled plastic that is pressed into “woolly” felt — hence the name. This fall, the company introduced a new Living Wall Planter made from recycled milk jugs.

Kids Get in On the Fun

Miguel’s vision isn’t limited to helping grown-ups play with plants. He wants to make plants more accessible to kids too. Enter the Woolly School Garden kit, which provides materials to create a flourishing school garden — pockets, hardware, compost tea and organic seeds to grow vegetables, herbs, fruits and edible flowers.

“Teachers love the flexibility,” Miguel explains, because the pockets are portable and can hang on almost anything, from chain link fence to an interior wall. That makes Woolly Pockets especially great for schools where space is limited.

“There was a school in New York with a rooftop playground surrounded by a chain link fence. They put their Woolly Pocket garden up on that fence, and it didn’t take up precious playground space.”

Schools interested in building Woolly School Gardens or a traditional garden can apply for a grant through the Whole Kids Foundation®’s School Garden Grant program, which provides a $2,000 monetary grant to a K-12 school, or a non-profit working in partnership with a K-12 school, to support a new or existing edible garden on school grounds.

Story by Whole Foods Blog

Plants and People October 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014

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Another month of breathtaking #PlantsandPeople instagram photos. Photos by @thecontainergardener, @sonofnasser, @seokijn, @sherikowalski, @california_carnivores, @assemblyofthewild, @greenerynyc, @alenpalander, @codyhanson_, @joshuascarlson, @domingoxlatarde, @barefootitaly, @archerhardgoods, @helenyoest, @pauloctavious, @workingreen, @popcornstudios, @ryanplanties, @nirl, @nature_photograghy312, @petiamphotos, @the_infinite_reality, @hennablossom, @poppy_redish_, @shopterrain, @wirisamarah, @pensiveeyes, @digsapparel, @ravenreviews, @jmtrovato, @penemuel, @happymundane, @nuria_morte, @thislittlehouse_, @russiangarden, @basgriffin14, @eugenebrown, @aartlameris, @dear_chandler, @diana_moldovan_, @w.jingwong, @joshualott, @mikekus, @garden.9

Woolly Around the World: Guatemala

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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This weeks Woolly Around the World photos come from Mercis who is a Woolly customer from Guatemala. Her family owns a coffee company there. They started a side business called Atavia, and now they have opened their first store called Republica! Our Woolly planters look great in their shop.

Plants and People September 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

As we move into the fall season, our #PlantsandPeople instagram posts begin to reflect the color and foliage of autumn. Photos by @pleasebabygiveittomelouder, @kennethjmitchell, @aartlameris, @colerise, @wirisamarah, @joshuascarlson, @maggiezulovic, @lavicvic, @arielealasko, @melissasonico, @contessatessa, @natureeee_aart, @algy.batten, @hennablossom, @nirl, @nana_aeona, @jumbojibbles, @rainforestgardn, @whimsyandspice, @swedishgarden, @thecontainergardener, @popcornstudios, @laurenlemon, @karendoolittle, @willygreg, @kosmicdragonfly, @pauloctavious, @brandon_floyd@thislittlehouse_, @erinashleyg, @thezoogallery, @russiangarden, @dear_chandler, @sonofnasser, @sherikowalski, @mhd_hajj, @lanitrock, @growsomethinggreen, @tucsoncactus, @thegardenapartment

Dandelion Pesto & Pizza

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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photo and recipe by Food Babe

This week’s recipe celebrates a favorite woollypocket plant: dandelion. Dandelion has amazing powers to detox your liver and it is rich in iron, high in calcium, has more protein than spinach and is packed with antioxidants (all those things that keep you looking and feeling young). This pesto has an intense flavor and a little goes a long way. It’s fabulous on top of pasta (buckwheat noodles are my favorite), as a dressing, marinade, on top of crackers or used as pizza sauce like I did below:

Dandelion Pesto
Prep time: 10 mins
Total time: 10 mins
Serves: 10

Ingredients
• 3 cups washed and cleaned dandelion leaves
• ¾ cup olive oil
• 3 cloves garlic, peeled
• ½ cup walnuts, lightly toasted
• 1 teaspoon sea salt
• ⅓ cup raw parmesan cheese
• zest of a lemon
• juice of half a lemon

Instructions
Combine all ingredients in a food processor or vitamix and blend until creamy and smooth

Notes
Serve as pizza sauce, on top of pasta, dressing or marinade. Please choose all organic ingredients if possible.

Pesto Pizza
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 8 mins
Total time: 18 mins

• 1 ezekiel sprouted grain or brown rice tortilla
• 2 tablespoon pesto
• 1 ounce grated goat cheese
• 1/2 tomato sliced in to three slices
• red pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. As the oven is preheating, place tortilla in oven for 3 mins to thaw or get slightly crisp
3. Remove tortilla and top with pesto, goat cheese and tomato
4. Bake pizza for 8 mins or until cheese is melted
5. Remove from oven and let stand for 2-3mins
6. Cut pizza into slices and enjoy!

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