We are looking for a new home for our headquarters. Due to our current rented farm being sold to developers we only have a limited time at our present location. After eight years here we are looking for a generous donation from one of our supporters. This would be an ideal property:
Three Problems in many countries of the developing world
Nutrition – Hygiene – Deforestation
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 santitation systems are often the cause of pollution of water courses that are used for drinking water.
Exhausted and overworked soils are the result of over cropping with no soil replenishment or from deforestation. Where trees are burnt either for charcoal or to ashses the result is an unprotected soil that will quickly lose its nutrients and be subject to erosion.
All contribute to problems of malnutrition, disease and loss of livlihood
The HH-2 Horticultural System of waste management and DRY sanitation operates best in association with trees. This is Agroecology. If new land is required for food production then agroforestry design can be employed. The Good Gardeners offer this service.
When water runoff is a threat to soil erosion, planning and surface water management needs to be implemented. The Good Gardeners offer this service.
Once this is planned out very often lines of trees can be maintained with row cropping below. The two crops enhance one another.
The HH-2 Horticultural System does not involve digging over the ground or ploughing. This loses moisture and carbon especially at the critical times when they are most needed.
Instead of burning off brush it can be harvested green as a nitrogen source for input to the HH-2 with other wastes collected from households, market places, food processing plants etc., and also for use in the HH-3 DRY toilet system in Africa and developing countries. The outputs of both are processed into a rich nitrogenous fertiliser which is the key to regenerating exhausted soils. Moisture is kept in and new and existing carbon is protected. In India, many years ago, the Good Gardeners team set up an HH-2 system which was successfully managed by teenagers.
The land becomes very fertile and with the HH-2 Horticultural System of soil management and growing the crops produced keep for far longer due to their mineral content. The health giving properties contained within these crops contain large amounts of vitamins and proteins as well. The HH-2 system is fully operational with or without sanitation input. The choice is yours.
Thus any school, village or community can learn this simple, yet scientific, technique. How to protect their drinking water from pollution and how to grow their own fruit and vegetables with a much higher standard of nutrition than conventionally grown food. (Supported by the IBCHN.,…..read on)
Safe Drinking Water
Replacement of pit latrines with the HH-3, DRY toilet system, is always a first consideration when our team arrives in a location. None of the problems, or costs associated with waterborne sewage, occur with the HH-3 DRY system. Even Cholera and Malaria are prevented because there are no pools or ponds holding any water or effluent where mosquitoes and rodents are encouraged to breed. Rather it is an age old tradition in Africa to collect such wastes and re-introduce them to the land when they are fully processed (recycling). These diseases become such a great threat through poor agricultural and water management.
With our equipment all environmental and health regulations meet the modern day standard of the United Kingdom. Therefore the improved health and safety of all inhabitants will be a quickly noticeable feature. WASH clusters around the world can take advantage of our system and benefit any community in these three ways at the same time.
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 thus saving time, money and often child labour. Our system employs unique fungi and bacteria that are 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 thus 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 just raked in (as above) and will flourish – as demonstrated on our Good Gardeners demonstration farm in Hertfordshire, England.
Proof of Success
Today the soils of the world are becoming increasingly devoid of these essential organisms and therefore produce foods of inferior quality which are prone to attack by pests and disease. Indeed our soil science is simple to understand. If the plants are being destroyed by pests and disease there is a sever lack of soil fertility.
By keeping the soil the soil structure in tact, by not turning over the soil, more nutrients become available to the plants (mycorrhiza science). The nutritional quality of the food increases and hence the capacity for properly grown food increases child development both mentally and physically. This work is supported by the research group The Institute for Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition, London and The Mother and Child Foundation. With Good Gardeners International you can help imbibe this science to the indigenous peoples of the world and help them learn a most important skill – how to protect their water sources from pollution and how to produce their own food crops which will be free from pests and disease.
“There are enough resources to feed the planet if only the resources are managed properly.”
The HH-2 Waste Management and Horticultural System is an income generator and the quality of the produce will bear its weight in village and town markets. Market gardens near cities can also take advantage and supply the cities with the same quality and keeping power of fruits and vegetables the rural farmers will achieve. This will preserve any indigenous culture and their diet will automatically imbibe preventative medicine.
The system was so successful, as employed by Sir Albert Howard – the originator of this science that many communities health was documented and it was found that medical bills were vastly reduced and peoples life expectancy was significantly increased.
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 wastes, and how we can easily close pit latrines and other waterborne systems, saving them water and disposal costs and install our DRY sanitation system HH-3. This alone will be of huge long term benefit as governments and contractors are finding it increasingly difficult to service communities with cost effective disposal in the time required – which often leads to overflowing pit latrines, septic systems and twin pit vietnamese systems.
We can install the HH-2 Waste Management and subsequent Horticultural System as the basis for a growing programme in order that the school, village or community 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 kinds of organic wastes that are often found lying in heaps and rubbish piles that breed rats and flies. These collected waste piles are then often burnt by municipalities across Africa.
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 and the above mentioned communities and their children will go on for ever.
We need help to get this investment to the people that need the most help – the Children of the future.
The HH-2 equipment with its vermin proof and insulated flat pack construction 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 specific fungi and bacteria back into the soil which 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. So all shortfall in food production can be met with this simple but most effective tool.
THIS IS FARMING FOR THE FUTURE
Richard Higgins, the CEO and director of Good Gardeners, lectures and demonstrates this system with tutorials through Colleges and Universities in the UK and lectures in Africa. He says the world can take up this science as soon as we get funding for our listed appeals, as listed above. Regional governments can then roll out the system across countries.
Over cultivation of the soil, the continued use of pesticides and fertilisers, is leading to a tsunami of unsolved pest and disease problems. Conventional farming, with chemicals and ploughing, destroys microbial life in the soil and leads to the loss of moisture and valuable carbon. Over twenty years the HH-2 System has demonstrated to reverse these soil conditions and it also 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, can 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 growing 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 operate this system. With the training that we offer… anyone can become a food producer; supply their own food and supply food for villages and cities as the Chinese have done for thousands of years. 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 is this simple and easy to use HH-2 system which brings huge health benefits to the population. It automatically renders all wastes 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., UK., 2007). We are now harvesting root crops, on our demonstration farm, that have been in the ground for up to 12 months since planting. This, in the UK, is food security for the ‘hungry gap’ early in the year. Also the storing of food crops in the ground means they are absolutely fresh when needed. This is a factor in ‘what is healthy food.’
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.
“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.
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) who was sent to make an appraisal of the sanitation disaster in Haiti at that time. 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 meeting all the 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 in the Kampala area, some as large as 1,500 pupils, were all eager to receive this technology and training but we need your help to make this a reality.
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 safe, productive, sanitation to the Children of Africa. Please see our appeals on the Charity Choice web site.
Thank you from
The Director of Good Gardeners International.