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The Good Gardeners was started in 1962 and in 1966 became a registered charity (reg charity no. 255300) and has completed many years of research and development. It was all conceived when Ramsay Shewell Cooper (the original founder) returned from the war and was horrified at how many chemicals were being put onto our farms and gardens in order to grow crops successfully.

The current director
Richard Higgins NDA
Plant breeding for export with increased pest and disease resistance and yield increase

The Good Gardeners are the originators of the No Dig system in recent times and have now moved into the International field to tackle hunger and poverty with our technology.  Richard has brought in the Howard technology which makes fertile land/gardens out of abandoned/marginal land of any soil type. With this increased fertility you can generate your own crop varieties for increased pest and disease resistance and for increased yields. All you have to do is chose the best seed s that you can find and leave a few plants in each year to go to seed. Collect those seeds and you will be generating your own varieties which will suit your soil type and climate.

Good Gardener seed banks can be established anywhere to enable schools, farmers and growers to establish their own Food Security. We are dedicated to training the No Dig method of food production because it improves the nutritional content of the food and holds valuable carbon and moisture in the soil. So this is soil building rather than soil depletion as is the case with  conventional agriculture that continually crops the fields and only applies chemicals as a fertiliser. This is the definition of soil depletion.

Our method of DRY sanitation (HH-3) , also developed from the work of Sir Albert Howard, allows another waste stream to be processed and used to replenish marginal land. This DRY HH-3 system will prevent the pollution of drinking and irrigation water by leachate from pit latrines etc., sewage ponds etc., that are common in developing countries.

Richard has developed the HH-2 Horticultural System which enables communities, farmers and schools etc., to grow pest and disease resistant crops by totally chemically free means. The system is far less machine intensive because no ploughing is required with this system of agriculture/horticulture nor are any chemicals needed which means huge savings can be made on oil powered machinery, maintenance and the ever spiralling cost of chemicals.

Click on this link to see our research site www.suaglon.co.uk        which covers the archives on The Good Gardeners approach to all types of pest and disease prevention in modern day gardening and farming.

 


Two Problems

Food and Hygiene

Many children go hungry at home and in school in Africa. Often there is a lack of the supply of leafy green vegetables essential to a healthy diet.

Poor and overworked soils, lack of resources to buy chemicals to keep off the pests and diseases, and water shortages are all to blame. Poor sanitation, which uses large amounts of usually drinking water to flush and treat it often leads to dangerous untreated effluents causing pollution of the original drinking water and irrigation water.

All contribute to problems of malnutrition and disease.


One Solution

The HH-2 Horticultural System enables any school or community to grow its own fruit and vegetables with a much higher standard of nutrition than conventionally grown food. HH-3 solves the problem of cost and the risk to human health that waterborne sanitation presents.

Success Success Success

So effective is this concept of fertility making that the need for digging over or ploughing of the soil becomes completely unnecessary.  This is achieved by the unique fungi and bacteria that generated in the system that process the wastes and subsequently attract and generate the myriad of microbial and larger life forms that thrive in fully fertile soil. The health of the plants that grow upon such soil are full of nutrients and trace elements which are essential for the natural development of those who are fortunate enough to consume food grown in this way. On fertile weed free ground seeds can be just thrown down and will flourish as demonstrated on our Good Gardeners demonstration farm in Hertfordshire.

Today the soils of the world are becoming increasingly devoid of such organisms and therefore produce food of inferior quality which are prone to attack by pests and diseases.

Because the soil structure is kept in tact, by not turning over the soil more nutrients become available to the plants  (mycorrhiza science)  and this greatly increases the nutritional quality of the food produced. Hence the capacity for properly grown food to increase child development both mentally and physically. This work is supported by the research group   The Institute for Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition, London. With Good Gardeners International you can help imbibe this science to the indigenous peoples of the world as they will be learning a most important skill – how to protect their water sources from pollution and how to produce their own food crops and possibly adopt a more healthy Vegan lifestyle all of which will improve their environment.

There are enough resources to feed the planet if only the resources are managed properly.


So why a charity and not just a business?

Put simply, we can do things that conventional businesses can’t. We take the time to travel to remote schools and rural communities, look at how they dispose of their human waste, and how we can easily close pit latrines and other waterborne systems, saving them water and disposal costs and install our DRY toilet system HH-3. This alone will be of huge long term benefit as governments and contractors are finding it increaingly difficult to service communities with cost effective disposal which leads to overflowing pit latrines etc.,

We can install the HH-2 (waste management) and Horticultural System as the basis for a growing programme in order that the school can supply and teach the sustainable concept of growing their own food while improving their economy and health at the same time. This system cleans up all other organic wastes that are often found lying in heaps or rubbish piles that breed flies and rats.

To install a complete system with a full education programme also costs money. But it should be seen as a long term investment, not a cost. The benefits for schools, their children and the staff will go on for ever.

It has been stated that Africa could be the bread basket of the world.

We need help to get this investment to the people that need the most help – the Children of the future.

 

It sounds too good to be true – How to feed nine billion people

In 1995 Richard Higgins, farmer, entrepreneur and CEO of Good Gardeners, discovered the works of Sir Albert Howard who was knighted for his 30 years research into organic farming during the last century. Unfortunately for world agriculture and modern organic farming his work slid into obscurity at the time of the advent of the chemical industry following the end of the Second World War.

The HH-2 equipment  with its vermin proof  and insulated flat pack construction the HH-2 Hot Boxes automatically generate the right fungi and bacteria enabling anyone who is trained to use it to produce abundant food on even so called marginal or un-usable land, because it re introduces these fungi and bacteria back into the land and enables the land to digest whatever organic mulches are placed upon it. this builds the soil rather than depleting it and the results get better year after year rather than worse year by year which is the result of farming with chemicals and ploughing.

THIS IS FARMING FOR THE FUTURE.

Richard lectures and demonstrates this system with tutorials through Colleges and Universities in the UK. and he says the world can take up this science as soon as we get the donations and help from the NGO’s.

Over cultivation of the soil, the continued use of pesticides and fertilisers, is leading to a tsunami of unsolved pest and disease problems. Ploughing destroys microbial life in the soil and leads to the loss of moisture and valuable carbon. The HH-2 System has been demonstrated to reverse these soil degradation problems, and reduces all types of agricultural pests and diseases to an absolute minimum. Therefore it is of extreme importance that indigenous peoples, all over the world, should be trained in the management of such a system. This was practised by the ancient Chinese thousands of years ago. There need be no starvation in the world. It is cities that present the greatest problems for food security. It has been proven time and time again that you don’t need to be a farmer to do this. With the training that we offer… anyone can become a food producer supply their own food and supply food for cities. This is what is needed to alleviate world hunger.

 

70% of Africa and 70% of India are rural poor (Unicef)

Especially important for these peoples the simple and easy to use HH-2 system brings huge health benefits to the population, because it automatically renders all wastes entered into it pathogen free in a 30 day period. This offers large opportunities for employment and as an income generator for micro scale local business. Supplying  cities with high quality fruit and vegetables which have much longer keeping power is also an essential part of our strategy.  (The keeping power of vegetables is dependant upon their mineral content. study by DEFRA., 2007)

Cholera

Due to the proven science of ‘heat destroying pathogens’ in containerised units, the HH-3 and HH-2 units offer a Cholera proof sanitation system.

Good Gardeners International’s mission is to pioneer this revolutionary technology across the world. See the remarkable story here.

“What you are doing is in a sense revolutionary, but at the same time traditional”

Professor Michael Crawford, Chairman, Institute for Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition.

Bringing HH-2 to Africa and the World

Good Gardeners has extensively trialled and tested the HH-2 system from the Haiti earthquake in 2010 to scale up trials in Kampala in 2012. pictured left.

Richard Higgins opened a waste remediation site, under the banner New Directions Foundation, at the Haiti earthquake disaster which was visited and won the approval of leading expert Professor Reid of WEDC (Water and Engineering Development Committee), The film of this can be viewed on the above link. Now moving on from this time the HH-2 equipment has been developed and introduced, which brings the processing system fully up to date passing all modern day health and environmental regulations of the West.

Further projects are now underway in Africa but we urgently need donations to help bring our mission and dreams to a much greater reality. We have staff trained and ready to install these systems.

Every school we visited, some as large as 1,500 pupils, were all eager to receive this technolohy and training.

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A donation to Good Gardeners International is one of the best gifts you can give to help bring long term self-sustainable food production and sanitation to the Children of Africa.  Please go to our Donate buttons  and help create a lasting sustainable future for these most beautiful children.