Salt Lake City, Utah (PressExposure) September 02, 2006 -- Mr. Jim Kennard, President of Food For Everyone Foundation (FFEF), reports that the Foundationâs recent 5-month humanitarian gardening training project in Armenia was a great success in helping people learn to grow their own food, and cites it as evidence that the Foundation teaches âthe best gardening methods on the planetâ for the home vegetable gardener.
Mr. Kennard advises that FFEF helps people in several ways. Of greatest interest to the American home gardener may be their policy of providing free vegetable gardening information, training, tips, and advice on the internet at http://www.foodforeveryone.org. According to Kennard, people from all over the world visit the website to receive free training and advice, as well as to obtain the great gardening books, CDs and software written by Dr. Jacob R. Mittleider.
The Mittleider Gardening Basics Course ebook is free on the website. The free FAQ section also has 365 short gardening articles that answer people's questions and give advice on many important vegetable gardening subjects.
In addition, the Foundation provides free greenhouse plans, free plans to automate a garden watering system, and a free gardening group where people share tips and experience with thousands of other successful gardeners.
Important distinguishing features of the Foundationâs gardening methods set it apart from other methods and make it âeven better than organicâ according to Kennard, who then proceeded to explain those differences.
âMost of the time our gardens are grown right in the soil, with no amendments. We promise âa great garden in any soil, in almost any climateâ. From straight sand to the worst clay, we show people how to have success growing healthy, delicious vegetables the first time and every time.â
We learned that âGrow-Boxesâ or containers are sometimes needed for people in urban settings. Mr. Kennard assured us that container gardening can be just as effective as growing in the soil, and that 3 of Dr. Mittleiderâs 10 books are dedicated to the unique features of the container gardening process.
Even though the costs are very low, the Mittleider Method is sometimes called "the poor man's hydroponic system", because it borrows from greenhouse growers such things as vertical growing, feeding plants accurately with natural mineral nutrients, and extending the growing season in both spring and fall, all of which reportedly greatly increase gardening yields.
The Second major element in the Foundationâs mission is teaching, training, and assisting people directly. One way they do this in America is by conducting free Â½-day group gardening seminars. These can be arranged by contacting Mr. Kennard by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The third leg of FFEFâs global mission is conducting humanitarian projects, such as the recently concluded training project in Armenia. From February to mid July Mr. Kennard and other FFEF volunteers created a gardening training center in the village of Getk, with housing, classroom, greenhouse, and a 3/4 acre garden. They taught a concentrated college-level gardening course to several students, who became the gardening experts in their own villages, and then Kennard assisted those student graduates in working with 200 families in their villages. Mr. Kennard reports that the training center and garden were left in the able hands of an Armenian couple, and he expects the work there will continue.
âIn Armenia, as in other places we've worked, we grew many kinds of vegetables the locals thought couldn't possibly be grown in "their region", and often had many non-participating village families coming to our garden for advice, coaching, and free produceâ.
Humanitarian projects sometimes take the form of training others who are becoming missionaries for their churches. One example is Howard (a retired dentist with little previous experience in gardening) and Glenice Morgan, from Southern California, who just returned from a 2-year mission to Zimbabwe. They were sent to teach Mittleider gardening to their church members throughout the country, and they did âa fabulous jobâ, according to Kennard.
After some study and nominal training in FFEFâs garden at Utahâs Hogle Zoo, the Morgans âhad the time of their livesâ as they created 84 large gardens and taught over 10,500 people throughout Zimbabwe to feed themselves by growing their own healthy vegetables. And the only teaching material they used was the simplest and most basic of Mittleiderâs books, called 6 Steps to Successful Gardening.
Mr. Kennard declares that âwhatever level you are currently on, you too can experience this kind of success â whether itâs in your own home garden, a community effort, or as a humanitarian missionary in some distant countryâ.
The foundation welcomes tax-deductible donations to help them extend their efforts. Gifts can be made at www.foodforeveryone.org/give [http://www.foodforeveryone.org/give/].