We are a UK based charity that was formed in Gloucestershire 60 years ago. We were founded in 1962 and became a registered charity in 1968. We have been working with schools and youth organisations for many years improving soil fertility with astounding results. Indeed we are the original founders of the No Dig farming and gardening systems in the United Kingdom. We now operate from our offices in Shenley Park, Hertfordshire but we are looking for a new farm as our previous demonstration farm has been sold for development.
There is a 30 acre farm estate in Bedfordshire that will be perfect for continuing our demonstration work for nutritional growing and training work. This will benefit the UK public and International visitors on a larger scale than our existing 2 acre farm in the village of Shenley. The buildings there are also ideal. With suitable refurbishment to convert the out buildings to an holistic care centre and training centre for sustainable farming and gardening demonstrating how to grow food for small holder farmers and gardeners the world over. By teaching how to replenish local soils for local people and International soils for International people we can put back the minerals, vitamins and proteins into food crops of the world and thus improve the nutrition of the planet. Our valuable and therapeutic work for all peoples will benefit those who may have impaired mental health and for those who wish to disseminate the system with the aim of alleviating the effects of climate change in Agriculture and Horticulture. The total cost with development with the granted planning permission is £8M. Please write for further information.
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Biggs Grove, Broxbourne LAND OWNER: Raymond Stigant SECURITY: Matthew Hobbs tel: 079298 795 578 COMMUNITY LEADER: Michael Redwood
The Manor HH-2 Composting initiative Aldenham Lane Hertfordshire WD25 8HE
ORGANISER: Fergus Quinn Tel: 07891 013 044
COMMUNITY LEADER: Tadas Mickevicius
This project has a local collection service to source waste from a variety of locations, including restaurants, shops and community kitchens and horse stables. The waste will all go back to the Manor where there are two sets of HH-2. Therewith the help of the students it will be made into compost for the farm in conjunction with their own waste from their restaurant and community kitchens. The finished product can be sold back to the visitors through their shop.
The Ahimsa Farm Project Yard 10a Old Manton Station Wing Rd Rutland LE15 8SZ
Project Director: Sitaram Das Tel: 07723 354 527
secretary: Nichola Pazdzierska
engineer: Ian Ashfield
This project has just installed our HH-2 Composting system and will be making HH-4 starting now for this spring. Local community members and visitors can bring their food waste and add it to the system to produce the worlds most optimum fertiliser, HH-4. This can then be sold on the milk round to customers who order Ahimsa Milk.
Wesley Street Allotments Annesley Nottinghamshire NG17 9HN
Project leader: Christine Andrew (teacher)
HH-4 available locally from Christine on email: email@example.com
This is another local HH-2 installation that produces SuperHealthy soil that produces SuperHealthy food. This provides improved nutrition for the consumers of food grown this way.
Nomadic Community Gardens Fleet St Hill E1 5ES
Founder and Director: James Wheale Tel: 07884 401 513
This Project HH-2 has been requested to be installed at the Nomadic Gardens project so that all community members can recycle their food waste and waste from their Cafe in the HH-2 system without having to send it away to bio digestors that increase the carbon footprint. They will produce a second to none fertiliser, that stops all manner of pests and diseases and thus improve their Nomadic Gardens. They can also sell it to raise money for further community projects.
The Watford UTC 18 Colonial Way Watford WD24 4PT
Good Gardeners is teaching the Green Space programme aiming at College restaurant waste recycling.
Post on BBC NEWS on 17th November, 2018.
Due to cut backs in funding for schools, and some schools will be dropping hot school dinners altogether, all schools will be reducing the quantity and quality of their school meals This means a drop in nutritional content of all school meals.
Good Gardeners International have for 60 years been dedicated to improving the nutritional content of UK food which should be made available to everyone.
We know from our research and the research of the Institute of Brain Chemistry (IBCHN) that the nutritional content of food has three main effects on the population. Professor Crawford, the chairman has, personally visited our farm with his team and fully supports the nutritional improvement growing methods of the Good Gardeners which are unique and have been developed over 20 years.
1. it affects from the prenatal stage of development the cognisant potential of all children
2. it affects the natural immunity in all people
3. it affects the mental and physical health of all people.
PLEASE DONATE ABOVE TO HELP REESTABLISH GOOD NUTRITION FOR THE SCHOOL CHILDREN OF THE UK. THEY ARE THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY.
We have systems installed around the country that recycle the organic fraction of household waste and turn it into a revolutionary optimum nutritional fertiliser that prevents all kinds of pests and diseases in farming and growing. We teach in Universities and agricultural colleges in the UK. By our educational programme of the HH-2 installation we train how to replenish soils that are deprived of OM (organic matter, in the right condition) This applied to the soil surface without ploughing or digging is a revolutionary approach to replenishing soils ‘and should be taught in every College and University’ (Dr. Rosemarin, Research Director of the Swedish Environmental Institute). This St.Albans farm will be an ideal opportunity to train more local people in the art of replenishing soils without necessarily using the high tech equipment used in modern farming. Please donate for this UK project with the button above.. We also have appeals listed which require specific funding. Please state which appeal you are donating to.
Statement from the Mother and Child Foundation
“If a child does not get the proper nutrition, even at the prenatal stage, it will not develop to its full capacity.”
Also 11 million children are threatened with pneumonia this year due to a lack of nutrition in their diet which lowers their immunity. This need not happen with the Good Gardeners food growing programmes.
ONE IF FOUR CHILDREN IS STUNTED FROM MALNUTRITION, LIMITING THEIR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL GROWTH AND LOCKING THEM IN POVERTY. (from Gates site)
STOP PRESS – BBC world news 17th January 2019
International experts have announced that 11 million lives could be saved a year if we halve the amount of meat we eat and double the amount of fruit and veg.
For children who survive it, malnutrition has lifelong consequences, affecting their performance in school and future prospects. This has an impact on entire populations, contributing to a cycle of poverty. That’s why we’re doing everything we can to work with communities and governments to prevent malnutrition and break that vicious cycle. (Unicef., 2019)
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. This is one of the main causes of malnutrition.
Poor sanitation systems are often the cause of pollution of water courses that are used for drinking and irrigation 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 ashes 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 livelihood
The HH-2 Horticultural System of waste management and DRY sanitation as taught by Good Gardeners International works ideally in association with 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 productive trees can be planted and maintained with row cropping below. The two crops enhance one another. Or the HH-2 equipment can be simply flown out from our Norwich factory and we go out and train chosen staff who can then operate it and start growing Super Healthy food for the people right away. This will prevent malnutrition which is the first stage of starvation.
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. By not digging the soil far more nutrition is transferred into the plants than in conventional systems.
Along with the exported HH-2 equipment
we can send renovated Wheel Hoes.
These weed the fields as fast as you can walk with the soft soil that is created with the HH-2 Horticultural system.
This means children no longer have to weed the fields by hand and can go back to school.
There are thousands of acres of brush that are just burnt off every year in Africa. 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, schools, market places, food processing plants etc., all for use in the HH-2 system. The HH-3 DRY toilet system is designed for Africa and developing countries. These two components work in conjunction with one another and the output is processed into a rich nitrogenous fertiliser which is the key to regenerating exhausted soils. Moisture is kept in soil and new and existing carbon is introduced and protected. In India, many years ago, the Good Gardeners team set up an HH-2 and HH-3 system which was successfully managed by teenagers.
Anyone can learn how to make the end product HH-4 with the HH-2 equipment in conjunction with organic wastes that are just found lying around the world over. You can make HH-4 with just general farm/garden waste or with human effluent as a further nitrogenous input the choice is yours. All surplus HH-4 from your growing operation can be sold and will prove to be a good income generator.
The land becomes very fertile with the HH-2 Horticultural System of soil management and the crops produced keep for far longer due to their mineral content. The health giving properties of crops grown this way are greatly increased as they all contain larger amounts of minerals, vitamins and proteins. The HH-2 system can also be used solely as a DRY sanitation processor; again 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. (This science is 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 teams arrives in any 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. It is an age old tradition in Africa to collect such wastes and re-introduce them into agriculture when they are fully processed (recycling). These diseases become such a great threat through poor sanitation and poor agricultural management.
With our equipment all environmental and health regulations meet the modern day requirements of the United Kingdom. Therefore the improved health and safety of all inhabitants employing the system will be a quickly noticeable feature. WASH clusters around the world can take advantage of our system and benefit any community in the same way by employing ‘The HH-2 productive sanitation system.’
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 full of nutrients, trace elements and minerals,vitamins and proteins which are essential for the full and proper development of all 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 (pictured above) and will flourish – as demonstrated on the 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 elements 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. Likewise if there are no prevalent pests or diseases in your crops (without the used of chemical treatments) then you have achieved a good state of soil fertility.
By keeping the soil structure in tact, by not turning over the soil and feeding the soil with our soil improvement technique more nutrients become available to the plants (mycorrhiza science). The nutritional quality of the food increases and hence the capacity for instance for proper child development both mentally and physically is thus realised. 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, how to produce their own food crops which will be free from pests and disease and how to boost their intelligence and immune systems.
“There are enough resources to feed the planet if only the resources are properly managed.”
Richard Higgins, Good Gardeners Director
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 show the value and help preserve any indigenous culture. The diet of all such inhabitants will automatically imbibe preventative medicine. (also see our web site www.suaglon.co.uk)
The system was so successful in the past, 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 by installing HH-2 in conjunction with 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 wet systems such as the Vietnamese twin pit system and pit latrines in the time required – which often leads to overflowing pit latrines and septic systems that produce pollution rather than a useful fertiliser.
We can install the HH-2 Waste Management and Horticultural System as the basis for a growing programme in order that any 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, flies and dogs.
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 and knowledge transfer 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. Please donate with the purple button above.
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 the 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 and installs systems in Africa. He says the world can take up this science that preserves all animal and insect species by nature of its complexity and produce food for people at the same time. As soon as we get funding for our listed appeals (see appeals above) regional governments can then roll out the system across countries.
Over cultivation of the soil, the continued use of chemical pesticides, herbicides 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. For over twenty years the HH-2 System has demonstrated to reverse these soil conditions and also reduce 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 where the science was discovered. 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 they are 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 rural children of Africa.
You can also see our appeals on the Charity Choice web site.
The Chairman Good Gardeners International.