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GreenTowers creates "Living Furniture," launches Kickstarter campaign

Posted: July 1, 2014

GreenTowers has created a “Living Furniture” product designed to allow people to grow their own organic greens indoors in any location in a stylish piece of furniture. The team of Penn State graduates launched a Kickstarter campaign on June 30 to raise $20,000 to help bring the product to market and expand the Living Furniture line.

GreenTowers has created a “Living Furniture” product designed to allow people to grow their own organic greens indoors in any location in a stylish piece of furniture. The team of Penn State graduates launched a Kickstarter campaign on June 30 to raise $20,000 to help bring the product to market and expand the Living Furniture line.


Greens grow in the center of the handsome, dark-wood end-table with a fish tank on the bottom shelf. A mini, soil-less planter suitable for herbs or greens is enclosed in glass and Pennsylvania cherry wood atop the aquarium. The plants filter the aquarium water while the fish droppings fertilize them in an aquaponics system, adapted for a living space.

The team formed about two years ago and began looking for ways people could grow their own food at home, and for ways to grow food in urban locations. It researched aquaponics and designed and installed an aquaponics system at Penn State.

It worked on recycling old shipping containers to use to house a vertical aquaponics setup designed for urban locations — like restaurants — and to use as greenhouses. The team won first place and $5,000 in the AgSpringboard business plan competition in November, 2012.

Dustin Betz (2014 Plant Biology), started working on the concept and formed the team in spring 2012. He is now GreenTowers' president and plant biologist. Architecture student Mike Zaengle is chief design officer and architect.

Jared Yarnall-Schane, (2014 Mechanical Engineering), is chief operating officer and mechanical engineer, Jon Gumble (2013  Landscape Contracting & a master's student in horticulture) is director of research and development and horticulturist, Dan Collins (an industrial engineering student) is chief sales officer and industrial engineer, Yaleh Asadi, a business administration student at the University of Pittsburgh, is chief financial officer and business administrator.

Checkout the Kickstarter campaign and the GreenTowers website.