Concord: ‘Salad Bar Project’ classroom prototype could lead to sustainable business

VERTICAL GARDENSCONCORD — Rising from a 20-gallon, soilless base and lit with an eerie white glow, organic agriculture in Cindy Gershen’s Mt. Diablo High School classroom grows in one direction — up.

Bursting from open pockets in a newly-assembled Tower Garden, organic greens flourish fan-like and scent the air like an outdoor garden in midsummer. Invented by former Walt Disney World Epcot Center greenhouse manager Tim Blank, the innovative gardening mechanism is “aeroponic,” using only water and air and simple seeds fed a mineral solution developed by food and nutrition experts to produce fruits and vegetables. In many ways, a Tower Garden is like a high-tech version of Jack’s beanstalk.

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Cindy Gershen About Cindy Gershen

Cindy Gershen (Founder & Vice Chair)
Cindy Gershen is a well-known and respected advocate for healthy living. Cindy opened the Sunrise Cafe & Bakery in 1981, serving comfort food 'like Mom used to make." The cafe quickly outgrew its location and Cindy opened the Sunrise Bistro as a full service sit-down restaurant to compliment the successful cafe. Sunrise is about giving the customer what they want, from healthy and wholesome menu options to smart recipes without added sugar and salt. After having a stroke in 2001, Cindy lost and has kept off over 90 pounds. She is passionate about sharing the lessons of healthy diet and exercise she has learned and condenses that information into simple, practical solutions that people can use everyday. She often speaks and demonstrates cooking with local businesses and organizations to share her tips for healthy eating and its effects on productivity in the workplace and school environment. Cindy spearheaded the Walnut Creek Wellness City Challenge in 2005. Cindy Gershen is married to Dr Lance Gershen and together have 8 children and presently 9 grandchildren and 2 on the way.