Episode #: 100
Show: Regional 12
Airdates: Apr - Sep '01 (see Programming Schedule for specific airtimes)

Feeding the world cost effectively


  • The Mittleider Method is rapidly expanding worldwide as it combines the best features of soil gardening and hydroponic gardening, but without hydroponic expense. This revolutionary plan is being used in everywhere---from impoverished counties to apartment patios, city yards, a country lots, farms, etc. 

Broadcast Excerpts

News Desk On Camera News Desk:
Most of us in this country have plenty of food, and unless we’re hobby gardeners, we usually don’t think about where it comes from,
Meanwhile, 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
Correspondent walks through garden, kneels down next to plant
On Camera:
While gardening 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 it’s common knowledge that those who are undernourished are also more vulnerable to disease.
Footage of a bountiful garden
But what if people everywhere could grow their own food successfully? What if abundant crops could thrive where the earth is dry and the climate unforgiving?
People 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.
Web-site 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 company’s relationship with Dr. Jacob Mittleider? Photos/footage of Dr. Mittlieder

Photos/footage of dying plantsPhotos/footage Dr. Mittlieder working
World-renowned international 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.

Tools working soilPlants in harsh sun or rain
Company footage of garden in a high elevation
It was Dr. Mittlieder’s desire to create an easy-to-use method that allows gardeners to raise an abundance of vegetables and other crops on almost any soil…
…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:
Vegetables growing in soil based gardens
Hydroponic equipment
Stock footage of 3rd world farmer tilling dryland
Hydroponic equipment
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 isn’t 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

Grow boxes – hopefully slides or footage of each example mentioned
Crops can 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.
While Grow-Boxes can be built anywhere - on poor, hillside land, rocky soil,
clay, alkali, 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?

Correspondent next to grow box
On Camera (Bridge):
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 yard?

Q6: How can Mittleider Method be used by inexperienced home gardeners?
Q7: 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):
There’s 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 couldn’t 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
News Desk On Camera
It’s hard to believe that the work of one man has done so much. And it’s also very inspiring.
It 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 there’s a lot of help out there to get people started.

Gardening – The Perfect Unschooling Way to Learn

Let 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 I’ll describe a book that really did it for my daughter, and then I’ll 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.

I enjoy gardening, and our family loves the fruits of our labors, but I just couldn’t 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.

This 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 vegi’s. 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.

Then 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 Utah’s Hogle Zoo, and thousands of people stop to admire and eat the vegetables we toss to them. But this time around I’m trying to get grandchildren interested in gardening, and I recently discovered something even better than the Grow-Box Garden book.

It’s 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.

But 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.

The person begins by typing in their name (the garden is thus “Tommy’s” 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 there’s even a calendar, showing every day - from planting the first item to harvesting the last crop, with instructions for what’s to be done in the garden that day.

It’s 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.

And 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 Mittleider’s 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.

Jim Kennard




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