Hello and Welcome to membership of Good Gardeners International
For a yearly donation of £50 you will receive free growing advice on the No Dig system/Zero till for your farm, garden or growing project, wherever it is.
Donate £250 and you will be sending a GGI Wheel Cultivator to a school in Africa. This takes children off the fields and back to school. Note: by engaging the the HH-2 system of fertility making the soil tilth becomes very soft and then the wheel cultivator is the perfect implement for weeding. It is 100 times faster than hoeing by hand.
Good Gardeners International
Richard Higgins, the current director had his own web site for many years www.suaglon.co.uk He has brought together the team that will be training and installing the HH-2 Horticultural and Waste Management system that is destined for Peters’ School, which was surveyed and approved by all the staff in 2016.
By recommendation of the previous Chairman Ramsay Shewell-Cooper and David Wilkin, of Pinetum Products (the previous chairman before him) Richard has now taken over the role as the current day chairman/director.
The Head office is now situated in Shenley Park, Hertfordshire and our demonstration farm
is located on the other side of Shenley village at Well End. Current members will be able to visit our farm where we hold different functions. Members can simply support us with a yearly donation of £50, as per the membership tab on our web site ggi.org.uk or donate to more specific projects as they are posted under appeals. You can also see our pages on charitychoice.co.uk
Richard has been confronting mainstream agriculture for a number of years on the state of soil degredadtion in the UK
Also in Africa 67% of all soils are degraded and overworked.
Richard met HRH the Prince of Wales at Poundbury and lectured at Coventry University on the Howard principles in 2009.
Richard sent his Coventry lecture “Nigeria to go Organic” in 2005 to Prince Charles and received an immediate reply from HRH., who was very pleased that Richard gave this lecture seeing that he himself was unable to present a Howard Memorial Lecture that year
Richard has made several broadcasts on the subject of soil remediation which solves the problems of pests and diseases in farming and gardening and has lectured to the Soil Association at their event ‘year of the Soil’ in 2001.
Following this broadcast Richard was invited to meet the top five soil scientists at Rothamsted Research, the oldest research station in the world, where Howard had association 100 years previous.
The No Dig school you might say started just after the war in 1947, as far as we can determine, with the publication of this little booklet Gardening without digging, which we still use today. All members receive this booklet in their membership package.
It gives full instructions for planting without digging with a comparison to the conventional method with digging. Results are becoming increasingly recognised for the extended benefits of the no dig system.
Howard’s work spread all over the world and indeed the New Zealand compost box was employed by him for many many years.
Richard has made the first major changes to the New Zealand Box in the last 100 years. Howard’s concept of culturing specific fungi and bacteria is detailed in the HH-2 Operators Manual. With this process you can create the consistent and fertile end product known as FRESH HUMUS or HH-4 as it is known. These Hot Boxes are self convecting and self condensing and retain the valuable moisture that is added at the outset of the operational process. One pair of these boxes can produce 12 tons of HH-4 per year. This is the HH-2 Horticultural System.
And the Good Gardeners HH-3 DRY compost toilet system uses no water for flushing. More on this will be discussed as the newly promoted web site unfolds. The HH-2 is a Superfast composting system that produces the finished product, HH-4, in 90 days.
Doing surveys in Africa took Richard to the source of the Nile and the Jinja forest. He invited many schools and they were keen to talk about introducing the HH-2 Horticultural System as they had not been able to afford the chemicals needed to deal with the pests that attack the leafy brassicas. Thus children are suffering from under nutrition or malnutrition. This is common across Africa.
Pit latrines have been the norm for decades across Africa and now the HH-2 technology is available they can change over to a sustainable system that produces food with the end product. This is known as productive sanitation and benefits any community that uses it.
H e l p i n g f a r m e r s a n d c o m m u n i t i e s a c r o s s A f r i c a
Please see our donation and membership page on the web site and encourage the new generation to join Good Gardeners International. If you are continuing your membership please send us your email address and browse this new web site. We can set up a seed bank wherever we install the HH-2 system. This will give them a sustainable future which they can control themselves. Our aim is to provide this organic system so all peoples can grow their own healthy food where possible which can easily become income generating. This will help them to stop leaving their villages for cities and for further afield.
Tammi Gustafson Amie Higgins Andrew Crayton Alison Appiah Richard Higgins