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Most of us in this country have plenty of food, and unless
were hobby gardeners, we usually dont think about where it comes from,
images of world-wide famine have haunted newspaper headlines and our TV screens.
We watch emergency relief workers handing out food to those in need. And maybe
you even opened your wallet, wrote a check, hoping to make a difference. But have
you ever wondered what more can be done to solve the underlying problem? And what
is the business community doing to help? The answer might surprise you. Penny:
Some companies have made it their mission to focus on better health around
the globe. Our research shows that some businesses take helping people to grow
their own food very seriously. One company, Food for Everyone, Inc. wants to do
just that, and they hope that one day, through their efforts, there will be enough
food to feed everyone who is hungry.
Correspondent ---- reports
walks through garden, kneels down next to plant
is said to be the most popular hobby in the country, those of us who are used
to buying our food from the grocery store might not give gardening a second thought.
But for some people in developing countries, growing their own food can be a matter
of life and death.
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Stock footages: Images of people
in Africa etc suffering from hunger & disease
According to the United Nations World Food Program, hunger
afflicts one out of seven people on Earth.
In many countries, the combination
of centuries-old growing methods and natural weather problems result in frequent
famines. And its common knowledge that those who are undernourished are
also more vulnerable to disease.
Footage of a bountiful garden
if people everywhere could grow their own food successfully? What if abundant
crops could thrive where the earth is dry and the climate unforgiving?
working at Food For Everyone working in gardens? Those at Food For Everyone,
Inc. believe world hunger can be is a thing of the past. They teach gardening
techniques that ensure food can be grown anywhere, giving people tools for self-sustenance.
and book collectionJim Kennard working in a garden
Their goal is for their
instructional web-site and training materials to inspire a love of gardening and
provide motivation for altruism. Company president Jim Kennard feels that if people
learned these crop growing techniques and then shared their knowledge with hungry
people, it could change the world - one family at a time.
Q1. How did
Food for Everyone get started?
Q2: What is/was the companys
relationship with Dr. Jacob Mittleider? Photos/footage of Dr. Mittlieder
of dying plantsPhotos/footage Dr. Mittlieder working
agricultural consultant, Dr. Jacob Mittleider developed this food growing method
while conducting agricultural training around the world. He found that the diseases,
insects, and nutritional deficiencies were similar in all the countries he visited.
And he determined that the solution simply required good plant nutrition and following
scientific agricultural practices.
working soilPlants in harsh sun or rain
Company footage of garden in a high
It was Dr. Mittlieders desire to create an easy-to-use method
that allows gardeners to raise an abundance of vegetables and other crops on almost
in almost any climate
and at most any elevation.
Q3: On average, how much more food is grown with the Mittleider Method compared
to gardens not using this method?
Q 4: In which countries has the Mittleider
Method made a big difference?Company slides or footage:
in soil based gardens
Stock footage of 3rd world farmer
According to the experts at Food for
Everyone, there are two major types of farming: soil- based and hydroponics. Soil
naturally provides nutrients needed for plant and human nutrition. But many times
the earth has been over-worked, or is not fertile, or there just isnt available
space. Hydroponic gardening suspends roots in nutrient-laden liquid but requires
very expensive buildings and constant monitoring.Samples of gardens using the
Mittleider method Food for Everyone says that The Mittleider Method combines the
best features of soil gardening and hydroponic gardening, but without hydroponics
expense. Crops are large because plants are close together, nourished by supplemental
feedings of natural mineral nutrients but with no special equipment. And plant
roots are in the ground, where they receive other nutrients not provided by hydroponic
growing.Samples showing soil beds and grow boxesSoil Beds
boxes hopefully slides or footage of each example mentioned
be raised in either soil-beds
or grow boxes.
The people at Food
for Everyone claim that The Mittleider Method allows plants in Soil-Beds to have
the most efficient weeding, fertilizing, and watering possible.
can be built anywhere - on poor, hillside land, rocky soil,
or even asphalt, enabling food to grow wherever there is someone to tend the crops.
Q 5: How does using the Mittleider Method make people more interested in growing
their own food?
next to grow box
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But these methods are not just for
use in famine stricken lands. Food for Everyone stresses that their gardening
techniques can be used anywhere and by anyone who wants a healthy, produce-filled
garden. Commercial growers can benefit as well as home gardeners who might wish
to grow the makings of salad in the suburbia or tomato plants on a city patio.
USDA guidelines tell us that we need five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables
a day. So Food for Everyone says why not grow those servings right in the back
Q6: How can Mittleider Method be used by inexperienced home gardeners?
What are the most important aspects of the method that allow gardeners to obtain
a healthy abundant garden?Correspondent pulls a vegetable off of a plant, compares
it to shrink-wrapped grocery store vegetables in his other hand On camera (Close):
something about being able to pick your vegetables right from the garden. It sure
looks more appetizing then the wrapped variety. In any event, anyone who thought
that growing their own food couldnt be done because of their inexperience
or living situation, might want to give gardening another look. And who knows,
perhaps those who learn how easy it is, might like Dr. Meittleider, spread the
benefits around the world. This is ---- from ----- for Business World News
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Its hard to believe that the work
of one man has done so much. And its also very inspiring.
really is. And it also shows you how the business community works hard to make
a difference. It would be great to see more people helping others to lift themselves
out of starvation and poverty.
And maybe this is one way to
make that happen. Self-sustenance can be a powerful tool
and it looks like
theres a lot of help out there to get people started.
The Perfect Unschooling Way to Learn
me tell you about my success in teaching my children, and then my grandchildren,
how to be excellent gardeners while they are having fun, thinking they are playing!
First Ill describe a book that really did it for my daughter, and then Ill
tell you about a new CD ROM that is unique and wonderful as a tool to teach truly
valuable gardening knowledge while the kids are having fun playing
on the computer.
enjoy gardening, and our family loves the fruits of our labors, but I just couldnt
get our children interested in the garden! It looked too much like work to them
and they avoided it. Then one March day when our youngest daughter Heather was
8 years old, I discovered a book called Grow-Box Gardens, by J. R. Mittleider.
This great little book was full of easy to follow graphical illustrations and
practical advice, giving step-by-step instructions on how to create and grow a
beautiful and highly productive garden of any size, in any yard, in any climate.
The garden could even be on a patio, a deck, a driveway, or even on a flat roof.
was exciting, and I sat down with Heather to create a Grow-Box garden. Suddenly
it was her garden! And we worked together over the next two months building a
beautiful garden, with a semi-automatic watering system for easy care. The boxes,
18 X 12, were filled with sawdust and sand, and we planted seeds and
some seedlings from the nursery. This was fun. But the best part was yet to come!
Business took me away from home a great deal during that summer, but the garden
produced more than we had ever had before and Heather cared for the garden
virtually all by herself, watering and feeding on schedule, and her mother only
helped her pick the vegis. Of course there was no weeding at all, because
of the Grow-Boxes, which Heather loved. We used those same Grow-Boxes for several
years after that with great results every year, and I highly recommend them for
small yards or on rocky or toxic ground.
I graduated to a much bigger _ acre garden, which is all in the soil. But I still
use the Mittleider methods with tremendous success. My garden is visible from
Utahs Hogle Zoo, and thousands of people stop to admire and eat the vegetables
we toss to them. But this time around Im trying to get grandchildren interested
in gardening, and I recently discovered something even better than the Grow-Box
called The Garden Master CD, and it has three different things on it that individually
or together are sure to appeal to children of all ages and dispositions. Two books,
again by Dr. J. R. Mittleider, are terrific. They both have been edited and arranged
by Ph.D. educators with extraordinary talents. The first, 6 Steps to Successful
Gardening, is very simple and has some fun recipes that many children will enjoy
preparing. The other, The Mittleider Gardening Course, is the student manual used
worldwide in teaching by Dr. M.
the really exciting find here is the Garden Designer program. Dr. Ron Guymon,
another outstanding talent, created this over the past 3 years, at a cost of about
$100,000. He has spent many years developing materials to teach children, and
has several things published, but this is by far my favorite.
person begins by typing in their name (the garden is thus Tommys
garden). Then they answer simple questions about the garden they want to create
such as where they live, the size area they have, and what they want to
grow. The program then creates the garden for them; all laid out in rows, with
everything just where it should be planted. Instructions for when to plant, when
to water and feed, and when to harvest are given for every vegetable they named.
And theres even a calendar, showing every day - from planting the first
item to harvesting the last crop, with instructions for whats to be done
in the garden that day.
fun for the kids to do the planning and creating, with any number of what-if changes
and even multiple gardens, and they can print the instructions and calendar, and
be assured they will have a great garden just by following the simple instructions
that are all laid out for them.
the whole thing is so inexpensive! The hard-copy books on the CD sell on Amazon.com
and elsewhere for about $70 without the Garden Designer Program. But the whole
package is only $29.95 when The Garden Master CD is ordered from Mittleiders
Food For Everyone Foundation. They have an interesting website, with free instruction,
and you can order on-line at www.growfood.com, or you can call on their
toll-free number, 888-548-4449. I hope you will benefit as much as I have from
this wonderful new teaching tool.