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

One Solution

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 more moisture for the critical times when moisture is 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 etc., food processing plants and The HH-3 DRY toilet system. All these are processed into a rich nitrogenous fertiliser which is the key to regenerating exhausted soils. Moisture is kept in and further valuable carbon is not lost. In India the Good Gardeners team set up an HH-2 system which was managed by teenagers.

So fertile

becomes the land that crops grown in this way are preserved for far longer due to their mineral content and their health giving properties also contain large amounts of vitamins and proteins too.


Thus any school, village or community can learn this simple, yet scientific,  technique. How to grow their own fruit and vegetables with a much higher standard of nutrition than conventionally grown food.

Safe Drinking Water

Replacement of pit latrines with the HH-3, Dry toilet system, is always a first consideration when Richard our CEO arrives in a location. None of the problems, or cost, occur with the HH-3 DRY system. Even Cholera is prevented because there are no pools or ponds holding any water or effluent where mosquitoes will breed. Rather it is an age old tradition in Africa to collect such wastes and re introduce them to the land when processed (recycling). Cholera becomes such a threat through poor agricultural and water management.

Environmental Health

With our equipment all environmental and health regulations meet the modern 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.

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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 (see above) and will flourish as demonstrated on our Good Gardeners demonstration farm in Hertfordshire, England.

Today the soils of the world are becoming increasingly devoid of such organisms and therefore produce foods of inferior quality which are prone to attack by pests and disease. Indeed Howard’s soil science was so simple to understand. If the plants are being destroyed by pests and disease there is a sever lack of fertility.

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 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 imbibe preventative medicine into their diet. The system was so successful, as employed by Sir Albert Howard, over 100 years ago that many communities health was documented and it was found that all 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 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 increasingly difficult to service communities with cost effective disposal in the time required which leads to overflowing pit latrines and twin pit vietnamese systems.

We can install the HH-2 (waste management) and 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 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.


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.


Richard, pictured right at the 3rd African Congress for Water and Sanitation

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 funding, donations and co operation 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. 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, 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 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. 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 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). We are now harvesting root crops 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. 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) 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 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 in the Kampala area some as large as 1,500 pupils, were all eager to receive this technolohy and training.

Our Finances

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.