Report on activities using “Mittleider Method of Gardening and Field” for Russian Commonwealth Countries - 1989 – 2004
The Mittleider gardening project has been implemented in the Zaokski Theological Academy from 1989 up to the present time. Its founder is an international gardening consultant named Dr. Jacob Mittleider. His method is the most modern technology, providing guaranteed high yields of ecologically clean vegetables. He offers to reduce usage of land, time, resources and work.
The studies include everyday practical work in the fields and gardens under the supervision of experienced teachers, who themselves have taken the courses from the author of the project for years. Also included are classroom lectures, accompanied with video slides produced from more than 20 countries around the world. This method works successfully in any kind of soil and in virtually all climatic conditions.
After the 12-week program students will get a certificate from the International Institute of Agriculture. After a 4-week program the students will get a certificate from Zaokski Theological Academy’s Agriculture School.
Timetable of courses for 2005 – 06
The main program (12 weeks); Intensive program (4 weeks)
1. From 10 April – 10 July 1. From 1 March – 31 March
2. From 10 July – 10 October 2. From 1 April – 30 April
3. From 1 May – 31 May
Ø During 15 years of Course Center activities 750 people (gardeners) have been trained
Ø Over 300,000 copies of study materials (books by Dr. Mittleider) have been published
Ø Over 80 local seminars have been conducted by graduates during each trip to cities
Ø Participation in city-exhibitions - 6 cities – 9 times
Ø Participation in whole-Russian exhibitions – 15 times
The work of the graduates:
1. Big agricultural companies - 5 people (Tula, Kuibishev, Perm, Kirov, Chernovtsi)
2. Small agricultural companies - 10 people (Yaroslav, Gomel, Arseniev, Kishinev)
3. More than 50 people conduct the lectures regularly (Moscow, Tula, Arkhangelsk, Ekaterinbourgh region, Sahalin, Perm, Izhevsk…)
4. More than 200 people conduct the lectures periodically (Tula, Danilov, Pskov, N.Novgorod, Krasnouralsk, Toliatti, Kirov, Kiev region (Boguslav reg, Trebukhov reg.), Izhevsk, Solikamsk, Novocherkask, Nakhodka, Komsomolsk on Amour, Magadan, Minsk, Navoi…)
About the activities of the graduates and those who are just practicing the Mittleider technology using information from different books.
Information collection has been done since the year 2000. We obtain information from emails, journals, newspapers, telephone and personal interviews with individuals.
To conduct local seminars Mittleider Method-trained agronomists have visited the following 32 cities: Moscow, Pushino, Chekhov, Podolsk, Lakinsk, Fryazino, Smolensk, Gagarin, Serpukhov, Obnensk, Yasnogorsk, Toula, Aleksin, Kireevsk, Schekino, Orel, Ryazan, Voronezh, Kropotkin, Tambov, N.Novgorod, Dzerzhinsk, Saratov, Engelsk, Ekaterinbourgh, Oktyabrski, Gomel, Vitebsk, Arkhangelsk, Krasnoyarsk, Magnitogorsk, Melitopol. In those cities 10-day courses of the “Mittleider gardening program” were taught. Audiences have ranged in size from 50 to 2000 people. In each city the listeners have shown lively interest, asked many questions, and in personal talks people shared their experience, as many were already aware of the method and practiced it for many years. This provides strong evidence that there are people in each big city already knowledgeable in and practicing the Mittleider method, often only hearing about it through Literature sources. We believe without any exaggeration we may say that the Mittleider method is the most popular and practical technology among gardeners to produce ecologically clean and healthy food anywhere in Russia and the other CIS countries.
Pobeda 46 – 48 str.
Arkhangelsk – 25, 163025 Russia (near St Petersburg – 65 Degrees North Latitude)
Revta Natalya B.
Graduate in 1999. Compact course – March
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In 1997 we got a parcel of land in the “Forest fields” cooperatives. Frankly to say, we weren’t happy about the land because it was in the territory of ….. The land was bad and nothing grew the first year. The failure went on for many times and we doubted the value of planting anything there. Then, by accident, we got the book “The Mittleider Method Gardening Course”. I studied it for a whole year. I couldn’t understand everything, especially how the space between the ridges could be 45cm wide with aisles 1m wide. The reason for my doubt is that in the North people are accustomed to using the land economically, and we traditionally plant with wide rows and narrow aisles. This is because our land isn’t very big.
Anyway, I decided to try, though I had doubts, and my mom also tried to persuade me not to make such an experiment. However, the experiment was successful! The first advantage of the new method showed up when it became easier to walk through the garden and take care of the plants. We also started to water less, which is very important for gardeners of “Forest fields,” because of lack of irrigation water. In addition, it was here I first came to know that there is no need to ridge the earth up around potatoes with this method.
By using the Mittleider method on my land I became convinced that working with soil brings not only calluses on the hands but joy, with an abundant yield of fresh vegetables. Now in our severe climate it became possible to grow cucumbers and red tomatoes on their own vines. Moreover, it is even possible to grow pumpkins and watermelon.
In order to get answers to my numerous questions and to resolve some doubts, I decided to go to Zaokski Theological Academy for the program. After the studies I went back and started to alter the greenhouse in the garden. Many neighbors were interested in my garden success as well as other gardeners.
That’s why I began teaching gardening course lectures in a local church, the city library, and a city club at the park. And I teach while gardening many times. Today my garden has became a place of pilgrimage for local gardeners, correspondents and journalists. My children have their grow-beds in my garden, too. Anton and Anya have liked the soil ever since their childhood, like their mom. For this love, the land yields greatly to all of us. We don’t go to the store for vegetables, we get them from our garden with our own hands.
Thanks a lot to Professor Mittleider for his methods, by the use of which work in the gardens has become more interesting, easier, and much more productive.
Russia. Arkhangelsk city
Safonova Nina Vasilevna and Victor Nikolaevich
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It is with great thankfulness we write to all collaborators of the training center.
For 20 years we have owned countryside land of 600 (meters square?), it is a marshy area, and just torture to work in. It’s now 2 years since we have retired and decided to take care of the garden seriously. We heard that courses were being taught on the Mittleider Method in the SDA Church, by a former graduate of the Zaokski training program of 2000 named Revta Natalya. I attended all the lectures with my husband, made notes and put down all advice. We were very interested to discover how simplified the care of the plants was, to see the order and accuracy in the whole garden, and learn to make the fertilizers by ourselves.
Listening to the lectures and watching video-films, we decided to change the whole garden into narrow beds in the spring. As the garden is in a low area we built grow-boxes. We planted tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, radishes, cabbages, and onions. We were surprised at the lack of weeds! We watered the plants with the nutritional mixture and the crops grew healthy and strong. For the first time in our lives we grew 240 vines of tomatoes and we harvested large quantities of assorted tasty and sweet ripe fruit.
To our surprise the cucumbers were hanging like bananas, and in such big amounts that we were jumping with joy. The taste of the fruit was amazing and the most important thing was that we didn’t find any negative affect by using chemical fertilizer, about which we had always been strictly warned by our friends and neighbors. The first year was experimental, and from the results my husband and I were delighted.
We are very thankful to Mittleider for his method and all those who are busy with its spreading.
17 Vologodskaya str 63
Kabakova Elvira Evgenevna
Graduate of 1999. Shortened course in March.
I began to grow vegetables with the Mittleider method, and I planted all the crops in narrow grow-beds, even my flowers. My husband laughed at me at first and then when everything became green and starting flowering we walked through the garden and enjoyed it.
Our neighbors started to whisper that something was going on there, something different than their traditional gardens. Now my husband and I are very happy with the results and are pleased with the new method because nowhere in the district does anyone else have such a wonderful garden
Stirmanova Svetlana Evgenevna
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We have been busy with growing vegetables for many years. Within this period we have read a lot of literature and tried different approaches for planting, in order to find answers for the solution of difficult problems. We planted practically everything in our garden. Some grew well and some failed. By accident I found an article about the Mittleider Method and it described how to increase the yield by many times. At first we didn’t believe it but we decided to try it anyway. The seedlings grown in artificial soil, that were watered regularly with the nutritional mixture, were very healthy, strong and pretty for the first time ever in our experience
Then we started to build grow-boxes and the first crop that was planted was potatoes. The yield from these seedlings was wonderful. We then planted other crops with this method and they all were great, and year-by-year the yield increases.
In the countryside land everyone participates in the activities, both grown-ups and children, including grandparents. Our garden has changed and become beautiful and neat. Working there is joyful. This beauty attracts even our neighbors.
We didn’t change the area of planting, we only changed the technology of planting and used the Mittleider Method. And now look at the results in kg per 9-meter bed. The first graph is cucumbers, second is peppers, third is tomatoes, and fourth is squash.
Pic.1. Yield Dynamics of agricultural plants for 3 years. In the above graph it is obvious that the Mittleider technology brings good results, and the constant year by year increase shown by the columns, shows the professionalism of the agronomists who taught us.
It should be noted that the method is used successfully in the Northern region of Russia and holds great promise for wide usage in all regions.
Smirnov Alexander D.
Well-known agronomist in RF, a candidate of agricultural science, an author of more then 30 works on animal and plant care.
Director of agronomy, collage of Arkhangelsk.
I don’t know about the Mittleider Method by hearsay. I have read a great deal, and during a couple of years I experimented in my garden and taught the Method among my neighbors. One example of the results includes potatoes of the Romano variety, which when planted according to that method, gave yields the first year of 46000 kg per hectare (super-elite).
For the past three years we have had an information-consultation center in our college, where different seminars are held and people receive consultation about agriculture, zoo-techniques, etc. The center is respected greatly by people. We’d be glad to sign a long-term contract to spread Dr. Mittleider’s technology. We would like to get support and studying materials from you for courses and dissemination widely. Thanks beforehand!
Director of agronomy college of Arkhangelsk A. D. Smirnov.
603083 Russia, Nizhni Novgorod (Gorky – 250 miles east of Moscow)
19a Leskov 51
Kosharaylo Andrey B.
The SDA church gardening department of the motor-factory region was less than a year old. But after listening to the Mittleider gardening lectures, which were done by a graduate of the Zaokski Institute named Victor Osadchuk in 2000, all the group members from the church decided to conduct an experiment.
In the yard of the church building we made 2 grow-beds and planted carrots and radishes. We took care of those plants all summer as we were taught, and following the advice of the Mittleider books we arrived at harvest time. We were waiting for September 17, 2000 with special impatience in order to harvest all that God sent us from these grow-beds. After harvesting we decided to sell all vegetables, as there wasn’t a storeroom in the church. We all were surprised by the harvested yield and though we sold them for a lower price than usual we collected 405 rubles, with which we created a special fund for the gardening department development for the coming year, to buy fertilizer, inventory and seeds. We should note that for the department development in the spring we spent 100 roubles in the church, and as a result we received a profit of 305 rubles.
For the next year we increased the number of the grow-beds up to 10 and increased the assortment of crops. As a result of the work of the department in 2001 we received a profit of 950 roubles.
In this way the department work of our church was blessed and the number of the supporters of this method increased gradually, and is increasing up to today. We can assure you that in Nizhni-Novgorod God’s work is spread both in words and with actions.
Gardening department report
Russia 413849 Saratovski region
Balakovo city (500 miles SE of Moscow – 52 degrees N Latitude)
116 Chapaev 66
Afrikanova Lyubov Ivanovna
I have experimented with your method for about 4 years by planting crops in my garden. I want to say that the results are impressive. I am already 65 years old and I haven’t enough energy to dig all the land, that’s why I dig only the grow-bed areas and plant everything according to your method. As for me this is a great relief to my work in the garden.
I am very happy to have chances to watch your program on TV, where you explain about the Mittleider Method. I am very sorry not to be able to put down all of my questions, as many questions arise, such as how can we get rid of phitophthera, and how can we get rid of ants?
What prayer do you start your work with? I don’t know, as we have been raised far from the Church but I realize that that’s bad. I will be very thankful to you if you can help me.
Russia, Primorski region
Nakhodka city (On the Sea of Japan near Vladivostok – 42 degrees N Latitude)
Dear friends!!!! I am writing to you more than once. Thanks for the books I got from you.
Most of all we liked the book Healthy Vegetables. My husband and I are just fascinated by this book and we want to express our admiration and gratitude to the author for his titanic work.
In 1992 we first read about the Mittleider Method in “Nauka and Zhizn” (Science and Life) journal. Since then we changed our garden into the Mittleider narrow grow-beds. Since 1995 my husband has been busy teaching this method in our city. People from the TV stations have visited us several times, newspapers have written about us, and visitors come on excursions from the Vladivostok countryside and even from Sakhalin island.
In our garden we have 92 grow-beds. About 60 kinds of crops are planted there. We are more than satisfied by the yield from our garden. This method gives great results in our region and for a gardener it brings great satisfaction and joy.
Russia, 188560 Leningradski region
Slantsi city, ITR str. 19 (59 degrees NL, near St. Petersburg)
Artemenko Lyubov Nikolaevna
About 10 years ago I read about the Mittleider Method in a journal. I liked the description of that technology and I decided to try it in my garden. I changed my greenhouse and made narrow grow-beds and since then I plant everything with only the Mittleider method. We are very happy that God sent us such a man. He opened our eyes on how the work should be done.
Now it’s pleasant to go into the greenhouse, but before we had to crawl inside of it because of brushwood with fear that we would break the plants. Now the crops are planted properly and taking care of them is a joy.
My granddaughter is a scientist-agronomist. She lives and works in the Mourmansk region and has her land of 1,800 m, where many people go for en excursion to admire the garden. She gets all the information from us and we don’t have enough literature as usual. We share a book with one another. If it is possible, please send us the books of Mittleider C.O.D. We are thankful for your help beforehand!
Angarsk city 9, corpus 85/44 (53 Degrees NL, near Lake Baykal)
Mikhaylova Raisa Alexandrovna
I decided to write you a short letter and tell you about our success in the garden. I couldn’t manage to get literature about the Mittleider narrow grow-beds before 1997. Since then I grow vegetables only in narrow grow-beds, like cabbages, cauliflowers, onions, carrots and so on. I am very satisfied with the results.
This year I decided to try to grow tomatoes in the greenhouse in grow-boxes. I grew seedlings myself and transplanted them into the grow-beds on April 7. I warmed the greenhouse with 2 ovens in the spring. It was not easy, of course. But for the first time in my experience tomatoes matured on 3 hands and in the rest there was good fruit up to 9 hands high.
Komsomolsk-on-Amour (500 miles N of Vladivostok – 51 degrees N Latitude)
28 Kalinin 6
Deeva Evgeniya Gennadievna
Last January there was a studying course of Dr. Mittleider in our city. I attended those classes with great pleasure and I liked them very much.
In the summer I assimilated the theory in my garden and I was surprisingly happy with the results, which were higher than I could ever expect. Nowadays I see that there is no other better approach and method working with small land than this.
I want to obtain some more books of Mittleider. Please send me the book “Healthy Vegetables”.
Thank you for your work that helps us, simple workers. With respect, Deeva Evgeniya Gennadievna.
Magadansk region, Polatka village (Eastern edge of Russia 800-1000 miles from Alaska)
82 Lenin 28
Lebedev Vladislav Anatolievich
Graduate of Zaokski program in 1997.
I am thankful to get a letter from you and I am happy to know that the work started in Zaokski by Dr. Mittleider is going on successfully. I use the skills successfully received from Zaokski program. I could get all necessary fertilizers for top-dressing for plants and I get pretty stable yields. My neighbors show interest in the method and many of them use this method successfully and they are satisfied with the results.
Respectfuly, Lebedev B.A.
Kirov city (500 miles ENE of Moscow – 58 degrees N latitude)
47 Svoboda 33
Kazantseva Galina Pavlovna
Graduate in 1999.
I am sending you, my dear teachers, hi with special gratitude from Kirov city. Now there are many friends and supporters of the Mittleider method in our city. Everything started when I experienced the method in my land after the courses and many people were interested in good results. Since then I am also busy with spreading this method. I teach lectures, we publish materials in a newspaper for beginner gardeners. We offer them ready mixed fertilizer and seeds for sale. We share our experience with those who want to know about it and we are happy to do that. We thank Dr. Mittleider for his wonderful method, and for not hiding it from us. I wish many other people could know how to work the land with joy and get more from their work than ever.
Ribnoe city (SE of Moscow 300+ miles – 52 degrees N latitude)
12 Bolshoi 7
Kravtsov Oleg Anatolievich
Graduate of 1996
I am using the Mittleider gardening method with great success. I began using it right after finishing the courses in Zaokski. I grow in different soil and I am always impressed by the abundant food results. The greatest thanks and warmest hi to everyone.
Moscow region, Protvino city (near Moscow)
3 Central freeway 8
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I often remember our studies in Zaokski seminars with great warmth and happiness.
Having taken the classes from Mittleider in Zaokski, I want to say that I have learned something very important and interesting. I live in Protvino city it’s 60 km far from Zaokski.
Using the method in my garden I am sure that it is one of the simplest and most effective methods available. Since then we always grow vegetables in narrow grow-beds, along with my parents. The method justifies the change from traditional methods, with its expense and great results.
The neighbors, at first, were against this, but when they saw the results in our garden they made up their minds and now they are trying to use some of the elements of this method gradually. The number of people who want to learn this method increases each year.
I am sending my hellos to all of those who studied with me, those who taught us and especially Dr. Mittleider with wishes of health to finish this noble work for people.
Izhevsk (200 miles East of Gorky – Nizhny Novgorod – 56 degrees N Latitude)
88 Votkinskoe shosse 66
Krutovski Yuri Riksovich
Graduate of 1999.
I have been using the Mittleider method on my land for several years already. The results of my experiment were much higher than my expectations. So I decided to change my whole garden into this method. Now I see that it was the right decision. Working in the garden is pleasant, a satisfaction. The garden became beautiful, weedless, and the most interesting thing is that to eliminate weeds takes just one third the time of using the traditional method. I grow all kinds of crops in narrow grow-beds without any exception. And I have never failed to get a crop, and I mean a great crop. Thanks to Mittleider for sharing his invention with us.
Klimovsk city 51 (near Moscow)
Editor-in-Chief of journal “Teper vremya” (Now it is the time), tel: (095) 996-56-92,
I heard about the Mittleider method in 1990 when I first went to Zaokski without being a member of SDA church yet. I went to the seminar with the teacher Oleg Mikhaylovich Senin’s invitation as a correspondent of “Ogonyok” (Fire) journal to write an article about Adventists.
Then I heard the word Adventist for the first time and I was interested to know the followers of this church closer. I stayed in Zaokski 10 days, which changed my whole life. I wrote an article but it was not published until 10 months later. Prior to that I accepted the invitation to be baptized in the central community of Moscow.
Besides the wonderful things I saw in Zaokski, I was told about an agricultural firm where everything was planted with the Mittleider Method. Then I managed to see professor Mittleider personally who taught the seminars. His books were only being translated at that time but what I saw in March in a greenhouse with my own eyes excited me very much.
I had never dreamed of working in the garden before. That work seemed hard and unfruitful to me. I didn’t have my own land and I didn’t grow even a grain my whole life, and I wasn’t going to plant if Mittleider wasn’t there.
When the first book was published I bought and read it. The promise of receiving high yields with less expense looked wonderful and unbelievable to me. Then I had a chance to try my abilities and the promise given in the book as a practical experiment. Our family with a 10-year-old child moved to a countryside area, i.e. to a piece of land where the landlord let us make several grow-beds. And as I had such a chance I decided to experiment with this mysterious Mittleider Method in the nearby Moscow loam.
My husband helped me to dig the soil; I mixed the fertilizer using Mittleider’s formula.
I planted cucumbers, squashes, greens, radishes. Frankly, I didn’t have much hope about the results. But when my cucumbers grew under the open air and the landlord’s plants failed to grow in a greenhouse, and when the neighbor was surprised by the full tubers of my radishes and her radishes were bad although she was a gardener, then I realized that there was something here.
I was a beginner in gardening I just did all the instructions accurately. But the results were so great that since then I grow only by that method if I have a chance. I am a busy person and I like to see that my work in the garden is appreciated. Everything grows as it’s supposed to and there is almost no weeding.
My neighbors don’t believe the story and then I invite them to my garden. They are surprised and ask for the book to read. And to start talking about the garden is great to start with a talk about God. I share my ideas with people starting with the Mittleider book and then spiritual literature.
Work in the garden using the Mittleider Method is a good work out. When you take care of plants such an amazing world opens in front of you, friends. A miracle of God happens, and the most wonderful thing is that you become a participant in it. And when wonderful yields, great salads, tomatoes, and cucumbers are added to all these you receive great happiness.
Thank you, Dr. Mittleider.
Perm (800 miles Ene of Moscow – 58 degrees N latitude)
Danilova Tatyana Vasilievna
Graduate of 1992
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After receiving the Agricultural education in Zaokski, along with some spiritual refreshment, I was soon busy with experimenting and spreading the interesting and effective methods taught by Mittleider. In 1993 I organized the “Permsk center of amateur gardening and park?? In Ural” with other like-minded ladies. We regularly conducted lecture courses, and during the spring and summer times we taught by doing outdoors in the garden.
In the spring we held seminars, and in the fall we organized an Exhibition of Yield day when lots of people would share their experience. The number of the Mittleider Method supporters grew fast. Gradually we also gained supporters in the nearby cities. We organized several representatives of our center in different cities where literature of vegetables, seeds, inventory, etc. are being distributed.
Now we can assure you that the Mittleider Method in the Urals is the most popular and famous one. Now we already have our big offices in Ekaterinbourgh, Izhevsk, Solikamsk and in the nearest regional cities, too. We publish “Garden for health” monthly for gardeners and park carers.
(“Garden for health” Editing house, 614089, Perm city, Startsev 160, tel/fax: 94-03-64. email: firstname.lastname@example.org) In this journal we publish new information for gardeners and park attendants about different technologies of agricultural crop growth, including park care and flowering. In each number there are news and answers for new Mittleider supporters’ questions. Besides, people share with their experience and impressions about the experimented method in their gardens. Here are some impressions of our participants.
Tatyana Vasilievna Khadirova is writing from Yashkur-Bodyi. Journal #12-1997, “Garden for health”. I am writing you because of an impression I received at the last seminar I attended. I have loved gardening, flower and park gardening since my childhood. I am an agronomist and I’ve worked in an agricultural department for 20 years, and now I realize that “live a century learn a century”.
After the lecture courses everything in my mind was messed up. When I was listening to the lectures I had lots of questions in my mind. I even had an argument with my husband and daughter. But I decided to try it in my garden. The first crop to surprise me was carrots, which produced a large yield of full, juicy roots. I planted a grow-bed of cauliflowers and by July they had one and a half heads, averaging 2kg. But in neighboring land with our traditional method I used to get heads only in September with 500-700g.
I could write pages of examples like the above. I have unbounded admiration for the Mittleider method. Now in October I am looking forward to spring. I won’t doubt any longer. I am sure of success. Thank you, and thanks to Dr. Jacob Mittleider.
I am hurrying to write and make you happy with a description of my success in the Mittleider gardening. I graduated from the course in the spring of 1995. We bought some countryside land the same year, also in the spring. Before that we had a house in a village.
We divided the whole garden into small grow-beds and built a greenhouse. The yield was so wonderful we had always dreamed of it. Oh, if you could see the cabbages and cauliflowers. We started to harvest them in July. The “Moscow late” variety cabbages were giant. I’ve lived for 60 years and I hadn’t seen something like this before. I don’t know their weight but you can’t hold them in your hands.
Potatoes in the grow-beds were also wonderful, producing 65kg from a 9m-long grow-bed. So, I have a great Mittleider garden here. I can’t find words to express my gratitude to you and to our local journal, too.
Kuibishev city (2500 miles East of Moscow near Novosibirsk – 55 degrees N latitude)
41 Zaparozhnaya 61
Starshinov Alexander Petrovich
Graduate of 1990
Chairman of greenhouse holding of Samara metal company.
I am thankful for the destiny that allowed me to meet with Dr. Mittleider. After the Zaokski program I came back to my greenhouse holding, 1 hectare of covered ground and 8 hectares of open ground. And we gradually changed them into the new technology.
I sent some of my colleagues to the Zaokski program to speed up introduction with the technology. I went to Zaokski myself many times for consultation with the professor, I learned everything step-by-step, got stuck and fell down, started again, and over time I became experienced. Two years later I could grow 100 tons of clean and healthy vegetables with my group and in such an ecologically bad region as ours!
The laboratory analysis for the vegetables shocked all the employees of the agricultural testing department, with the lowest level of nitrate and pesticide that they had ever seen within the last 20 years.
Now we are actively busy with marketing, and we advertise the production and the method in the local press. But our main goal is to teach our people to grow healthy food for themselves, and to be able to find joy and esthetic satisfaction in it. At first the customers met us with smirks but now they come up to us and ask how to use the Mittleider Method in their gardens.
We recommend they stop relying on stores; keep fate and their health in your own hands; that’s our answer. If you don’t sit still and work then you will be able to feed yourself and others, too. It’s high time to watch what we have on our tables to eat. By growing clean healthy vegetables, you can make yourself healthy, earn much, and make life more interesting and complete!!
Growing potatoes with the Mittleider method
Russia, St-Petersburg, 2004 (60 degrees N latitude)
I heard about the Mittleider technology from journals and books. I have use the method since 1998. I will discuss some details about my growing potatoes.
1. Location of the land – Leningradskaya oblast, Tosnenski region, “Temp” garden
2. Characteristics of the area and soil – The garden is located on the edge of a marsh (Pelgorskoye marsh, size: up to 40km), drained in 60-70-s.
The place is characterized by early fall and late spring frosts – as late as mid June
On this land there was a forest of birch wood. The soil – the upper layer is red peat, deeper – black peat from 0.8 – 1.4m.
3. The first planting of potatoes in 1999 with traditional methods gave no results. The results for the following years are shown in the following table.
2. Top-dressing was done 3 times, starting on the 4th day.
3. No watering followed (?).
4. Twenty five percent of the yield of 2003 was destroyed by insects.
№ Years # of grow-beds Quantity of top-dressing Length of a grow-bed, in m. Yield in 1 sq.m Maximum yield in 1 sq.m Total Harvest kg.
1 2000 1 3 8 6 6.5 52
2 2001 7 3 12 6 8.1 504
3 2002 7 3 12 8.5 10.5 714
4 2003 7 3 12 6.7 10.2 560
5. The results are modest but are almost 2-3 times higher than median level of gardening
6. Not only potatoes grew with the Mittleider method but other vegetables, too. The harvested yield matched the projected results, and they are more than the medium level of gardening many times over (in most cases).
7. Used literature – journals “Nauka I zhizn” (Science and life) 1992
Over the course of several years I have tried to grow plants by different methods, and I believe that the methods taught by Dr. Mittleider are the best. I’ll be happy if you could teach me something new, especially about growing potatoes.
I was among the guests during Zaokski day opening doors – May, 2004.
Sergey Petrovich Zuev
(General engineer in “Technical supervision” governmental corporation)
Russia, Novocherkask city – 2004
346407, Novocherkask (NW edge of Black Sea – 48 degrees N latitude)
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I graduated from the intensive studying course – 1 month (March 2003)
I use the Mittleider Method learned at the Zaokski Agriculture Institute.
I grow tomatoes for myself and for sale.
A greenhouse was built measuring 18x8m, the height from the center is 2.6m = 144sqm.
700 vines of indeterminate tomatoes were grown.
The plant care during the whole season was done according to the technology.
For the first time in my life I could achieve wonderful results though I was familiar with the work in the garden. But I spent about 20000 roubles ($715) to build and create a garden. Because of the high production I was able to cover all the expenses plus remodeling the house. And this is from one season of production. Many neighbors came to me for advice and instructions. People are surprised, asking “how can you grow with so big a difference in a neighboring garden.”
I have been asked to teach some lectures about the Mittleider Method in the Church, and in neighboring cities and villages. Everywhere people show strong interest. Many people at first were concerned about using mineral fertilizers. They are very satisfied with the technology, and the method was welcomed in our city, region and state.
1st Kurianovskaya 13/5
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We have used the Mittleider Method for 5 years. Trying it in my countryside land for the first time, we were happy with the results. Besides, the work in the garden wasn’t difficult but it was joyful. The garden is easily and simply cultivated, thanks to the good and well-planned method.
I want to mention that now we go to the countryside not only to work but we also have time for complete rest in the nature as plant care has become easier, which is easy enough for our kids to do, too. We are thankful to those who spread this method and especially Dr. Mittleider.
Russia, Lipetsk (200 miles South of Moscow – 52.5 degrees latitude)
Dachni, 8 Cenralnaya 3
Ryaskikh Valentina Vasilievna
I got acquainted with the method through the books I bought in the church – “The Mittleider Gardening Course” and “Let’s Grow Tomatoes.” The method is described very clearly and looked easy, and I decided to try it. The first year I saw the first positive results. Now I use that method constantly.
My garden is 600. I changed whole garden into narrow grow-beds in 1996. I grow all vegetables with only the Mittleider method. Starting from May to October I have fresh vegetables in my garden not only for me but for sale, too.
In a simple greenhouse I grow cucumbers and tomatoes. In the grow-beds radishes and carrots, cabbages and cauliflowers, and wonderful turnips are grown.
I am very pleased with the technology and I am thankful to God for such people like Dr. Mittleider who share their valuable experience with others. Let God help him with his health.
Krasnodarski kray, Labinski region (NE edge of Black Sea – 45 degrees N latitude)
Station Zassovskaya, street Pervomayskaya – 2
Korotkov Alexander Yurievich.
Graduate – 2002
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I use the Mittleider method in the most fertile soil in Russia, in Kouban. The most abundant yields of grain for bread are harvested in Kouban soil, which is much better than the yields from most personal family plots. Most people living and working with the soil for many years don’t have the yield of vegetables which the soil is capable of when you use it correctly (as with the Mittleider Method).
Right after finishing the studies, I started getting ready for the coming season. We built a greenhouse, made seedling boxes, markers for pointing the spaces for planting, and everything else needed. I got ready for the next season completely.
In the spring, when all the gardening work started, there was no time to take good pictures. I grew seedlings for myself and for sale. They grew very well and I earned enough, so that I decided to enlarge my activities later. In the greenhouse I grew tomatoes and cucumbers. Everybody was surprised with the abundant crops. The yield was enough to cover all the expenses of the greenhouse construction and some more money was left for further development.
On the whole, the first year’s work produced good results. I saw my mistakes and I figured out what I should do to do better for the next year. The method showed wonderfully in our region.
I am telling our teachers hi and wish them good luck in their work.
Russia, Yaroslavskaya oblast
Danilov city (175 miles NE of Moscow – 58 degrees N latitude)
Galagaev Ivan V.
Graduate of 1997
I live in a small town of Danilov. In my garden of 30.000 I built a greenhouse. At first I grew only seedlings, and then I added cucumbers and tomatoes. The first positive results made me desire to develop this work. I started to grow crops in the wintertime, also, which brought a good profit.
I bought a motor-block and some more equipment and my work in the land went on more successfully. I sold the grown produce in a local market and moved to the Yaroslavl market.
The laboratory analysis showed such wonderful results as to surprise the staff of the laboratory.
In order to spread the technology I decided to conduct an experiment in the school-yard of Secondary School # 2 in Danilov. We grew vegetables with schoolchildren of the 8th and 9th grades using the Mittleider Method, and got results that seriously impressed the teachers of the school. We managed to grow huge cabbages, big heads of cauliflower, giant pumpkins, and potatoes where the weight of a tuber was up to 1kg. Of course, this was the first positive experience in growing food for the schoolchildren, and the first excitement, pride, and self-respect for winning they’d experienced in their lives.
This voluntary work that I did very often let to the introduction of new people to the method, and to my participation in numerous seminars and exhibitions.
I got a new diploma from the Danilosk municipal region agricultural complex and department of education for demonstrations and introductions I conducted with the new method. I also got many official documents and diplomas from the regions and city administrations for participation in different competitions and public showings. Local and regional newspapers published many articles about these. I want to mark that we use the method successfully in our region and it brings abundant yield and great joy, new acquaintances and kind relations.
I tell everybody hi and wish good luck.
O. Sakhalin (Far East Magadan Region – 60-65 degrees N Latitude)
Khomutovo, street Zarechnaya 7
Istomina Galina Vasilievna
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I greet my teachers and tell hi with wishes of good luck. I entered the Zaokski program especially with the aim of using the method for my living, as there is no chance to work in a factory. Right after the studies, I started to work in the garden seriously. The first results encouraged me. Now I grow everything in my garden by the Mittleider Method.
This year from 3 pails of potatoes I planted, I harvested 75 pails, of the “Nevski and Lukovski” varieties. I harvested good yields of carrots, cauliflower, Chinese and regular cabbage, corn, tomatoes and cucumbers, black radish and many other crops.
My neighbors watched my garden carefully all summer and in the fall they came to me to study and I read lectures in a city culture house. Of course, there is a serious problem with fertilizer, as they are expensive and there aren’t all components readily available for mixing for top-dressing.
Very soon journalists, and correspondents of radio and TV stations started to visit my garden.
They suggested sharing my experience and skills with my neighbor-villagers. In fact, Dr. Mittleider’s work having good and useful information, and his experience in many countries bringing great results, should be available for everybody.
Since then in the “Farm and the Countryside” newspaper there is a heading with “School of Mittleider in Sakhalin.” Also a gardeners’ club has been organized, where we have regular meetings, share our experience with one another, and in the fall we hold a day of harvest and other activities.
Now I am busy with arranging another seminar for invalid people. All expenses will be covered by a charitable fund. Dear friends and colleagues, I assure you that the method that you spread brings people joy from the best results of their work, and no matter how far we are from each other, we can do that common work together. I wish everybody good luck and strong health.
Please tell Dr. Mittleider hi with gratitude.
Pskov (100+ miles S of St Petersburg – 58 degrees N latitude)
2 Pechorskaya 2
Dzeva Yuri Andreevich
Graduate of 1996
I use and teach the Mittleider method in Pskov city and in the surrounding region. I present the lecture courses on a local and regional TV station. A gardeners’ club has also been created in the city where 50 people meet.
This method is quite well known and used among gardeners in this area, and by trying it they get wonderful results. We are very pleased with the results.
I am telling Dr. Mittleider hi with wishes of good health.
Samarskaya oblast, Tolyatti city (500 miles ESE of Moscow in the Volga river – 53 degrees N)
8 Korolev 142
Azovtseva Larisa Vladimirovna
Graduate of 2004
After using this technology I want to say that it is good, with its universality of usage in any climatic and soil conditions. Now working in the garden is a pleasure for me and I get high yields of healthy vegetables. The method is verified, simple and available. All elements of growing are integrated into the system and they are easy to accomplish.
It’s a pleasure to work in such a garden. I have seen no disadvantages in this technology. Next year I am planning to enlarge my garden.
The only concern for the neighbors is using mineral fertilizers. The whole city is surrounded with chemical factories, and the chemicals discharged into the atmosphere affect the plants negatively. I have decided to strongly promote this method, make people feel sure about it, and share my great experience with our citizens. The Mittleider Method works and brings moral and material satisfaction.
Minsk region, Schemislitsa
Volkovich 33 (120 miles NE of Warsaw, Poland – 53 degrees N latitude)
Graduate of 1989
I am sending my teacher Dr. Mittleider my warmest hi. I use the method very successfully in my garden. I built a greenhouse on a big area of 1000 and I grow tomatoes and cucumbers. Each time my crops produce abundant yields.
For several years my neighbors watched me and now they are trying to use the method in their gardens, and are seeing the big difference in their yields. I am glad that this is one of the most effective ways for gospel advocacy to people as it benefits people, eases their work with soil, and gives happiness from the increased harvested yield of healthy crops.
Vitebskaya oblast, Vitebski region
Tulovo (180 miles WNW of Moscow – 55.2 degrees N latitude)
15 Sadovaya 3
Shloma Michael Gavrilovich
I am a professor and head of the agronomy department. I have worked in the veterinary academy of Vitebsk for 8 years. I have also worked for 21 years in the “Agricultural station of Vitebsk experienced Oblast” as a senior scientific cooperator.
I heard about the Mittleider method in 1992. I practiced much and I am convinced of its being practical and providing high yields. As a scientist and a specialist I think that the method is worthy of special attention and broad exposure. I have written much about this method, and published articles in different media, in order for this method to be better known in Belarus.
To describe what this method can do briefly, I would say: “This method can satisfy the food needs for the poor people of the earth. Promising high yields in any climatic situations and in any soil, the Zaokski Agricultural Program invites all of you to learn the technology”.
Respectfully and gratefully to all cooperators of the scientific center ZAP. Shloma Michael Gavrilovich.
Vitebsk (200 miles WSW of Moscow – 55 degrees N latitude)
Street of Soldiers Internationals 27/25
Prokhorenko Alexander Nicholaevich
It’s now 3 years since I began growing vegetables by the Mittleider method. I collected only small pieces of information about this technology at first, as not only was there no literature for sale, but I couldn’t find it even in the central library.
I am very pleased with the results, because with less expense and effort the yield is much higher than before. For instance, now I only dig a narrow strip of the land. I spend 30-45 minutes with some breaks to prepare the grow-beds. Expenses for seedling materials are shortened twice. I had planted 3-4 sacks of seed potatoes in 300 of land before, and now I plant one sack in the same parcel of land in the narrow grow-beds. Previously I harvested 12-15 sacks of potatoes, but this year I harvested 20 sacks of selected potatoes from the grow-beds.
In previous years I only used organic fertilizer, and I bought a truck-load, which lasted for a season and cost me 15 thousand. Now with that amount of money I buy enough mineral fertilizer to last me at least 2 seasons.
And I found out lots of such amazingly advantageous details in this technology. And here is another important thing; my garden looks different now, with beautiful narrow grow-beds, wide, even aisles, and no weeds. All of a sudden it became easy to work in my garden, and as we like to say – my soul is happy.
Great thanks to Dr. Mittleider and all his proponents for sharing and spreading this method.
127 Volodarski 27
Khomich Nicholai Ivanovich
Three years ago I found a brochure about the methods of Dr. Mittleider, which appeared to have been Xeroxed several times, and though we had no idea about the results, we risked using it in our garden. At the end of the season my wife and I were already strong supporters of this method. We were excited with the wonderful results by using it on a small piece of land.
We especially noticed the reduction in our physical labor, as we can be in the garden only 3 days a week because of my work in a factory.
Considering the positive results we have experienced with this method, and because we desire to improve our skills in this field, we ask you to share some new literature about the Mittleider method with us.
Kievskaya oblast, Boguslav city (200 miles ESE of Kiev – 48.5 degrees N latitude)
Graduate of 1992
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After the courses in Zaokski I have used the Mittleider method successfully in the Ukraine. My personal work experience proves that the method is very successful here. I studied this method with the purpose of using it at my home, to be able to start a small business by myself.
I bought land of 3000 not far from my parents’ place to build a house. I built a greenhouse on this land to grow seedlings for sale. At the very beginning my seedlings had good demand in the market, and today when we are in the market nobody else can sell seedlings because our seedlings are the most beautiful and high quality ones.
The main crops we grow for sale are cauliflower, cabbage, potatoes, onion, tomatoes, pepper, eggplant and others. After a while I got married and now I work in the garden with my wife.
Work with soil brings us a good profit. By working hard with the land, without vacations and days-off, we built our own house. It’s already time to think about the first vacation time. Many neighbors of ours know that we grow food using a non-traditional method. They are interested and they ask questions about it, while others are still using their traditional methods.
Many people feel bad about using mineral fertilizer, which keeps them from trying this method. However, the wonderful results of this technology make many people think about it. For instance, the local press has published articles many times about our work, always expressing good opinions about us, the church and Adventists.
Several times I have conducted lectures about this method for both the church members, our villagers, and people of the next region as well.
There are already those who try using some advice in their gardens and they are satisfied with the positive changes. I also want to mention that I didn’t study in vain, because I see that I am a free person, and thanks God it happened in my life.
Thanks a lot to Dr. Mittleider and let God give him strong health.
Kirovogradskaya oblast, Alexanderiski region
Protopopovka (220 miles ESE of Kiev – 49 degrees N latitude)
Lenin street 117
Tel: (05235) 9-24-37
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Graduate of 1995
I have grown vegetables by the Mittleider method since right after taking the courses. Now that I have a little experience I can assure anyone that there isn’t a technology easier and simpler than this one.
I built a seedling greenhouse of 1500 and a regular greenhouse of 2500 in my garden where I grow early cucumbers. I am more than satisfied with the results and most of all the ecological cleanliness.
We grow many crops, including cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, tomato, pepper, eggplant, and so on. We work in the garden with the whole family and we earn enough for our living. Many neighbors were alerted and didn’t accept the method at first, but gradually they are trying to change some things in their gardens. Many positive responses came from the administration and chiefs of the local agricultural department. The local and regional press has published positive articles about our work many times. In 2000 I was invited to work as an agronomist in the neighboring land “Voroshilovski”. We planted vegetables and grain crops in this field. In 2001 we grew tomatoes on 4.5 hectares of land and got 125 thousand griven, which is about 22 thousand dollars (huge money for the Ukraine).
Since then I have returned to my own land, where we work with my whole family.
With great respect and greetings to Dr. Mittleider,
Your student, Alexander Semenov.
Yakubovski Yuri Mikhayelovich
Graduate of 2002
I am happy to have a chance to share my feelings with you. I always have room in my life for good changes. In our area every yard has a greenhouse and everyone grows vegetables. That is a major part of our earnings. But how to grow this or that thing, how to get rid of some problems and get good yield, nobody tells you, nobody shares his/her opinion and skills with you.
Going to the Zaokski program I learned a lot of interesting details that are so important for growing healthy crops, and they were shared freely. Now I have the highest yield of tomatoes and cucumbers, cabbages and carrots, potatoes and peppers, and everything happening in my garden interests my neighbors and friends. They want to know what and why, how and why? I share my experience with them, give lectures for those who want it in my village and outside its border.
Thanks to Dr. Mittleider for his great work, and that it often becomes possible to lead people to God through gardening.
Graduate of 1991
I have worked with the soil since my childhood. I can say I grew up on soil. After the Zaokski program my attitude towards the work with soil changed. Now I feel real meaning and value in working with the soil. In the very beginning I tested the technology in my garden and was sure that it was a very productive method. Then I enlarged my garden to 1 hectare and grew cauliflowers. They were great and very profitable.
Gradually I made my land bigger and now my territory includes 10 hectares. I formed a farm where my villagers work. We grow cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, beets, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, onions, etc. I see that the method is being spread gradually but with certainty. Of course, there are some difficulties, such as the cost of fertilizers, but even so you can work very successfully.
Trostyanets town type village
Maksimova Svetlana Kuzminishna
10 July 2002
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We heard about the Mittleider method from the books “The Mittleider Gardening course” and “Let’s grow tomatoes”. In 1997 we went to Zaokski on a holiday of “a day of open doors”, and we were very surprised to see how the students were growing vegetables in the demonstrating/teaching beds, and especially in the greenhouses. We were so anxious to try this method that we decided to do it in our garden.
Our garden of 1600 is a loamy clay soil. The Mittleider method has been used here since 1998. The soil is clayey. There are 27 narrow grow-beds in the garden. All the crops are planted only in the grow-beds; peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, cabbages, garlic, onion, beans, etc.
The grow-beds are very comfortable and practical for taking care of the plants. We are very satisfied with our yields. Our neighbors are surprised with our beautiful and healthy crops. From one grow-bed of 10m long we harvested 11-12 pails of onions, 6-7 pails of carrots, and 6-8 pails of , per season. Each pail was 10 liters. Our garden has a beautiful appearance, it’s easy to work there, with no weeds; it’s easy to water and take care of the crops. Now the work in the garden makes us not only joyful, but gives abundant yields that we use both in summer and winter.
Makarchuk Miroslav Grigorievich
Graduate of 1990
After attending the Zaokski program I planned to start the method in my native land with great enthusiasm. The land for this project was enough, more than 1 hectare. I got the first positive results from the greenhouse by growing tomatoes. There were clusters hanging from the vines and reminded me of grape vines in exhibitions. Cucumbers were the next crop to please me with good results. The yield exceeded my expectations. I never expected to get such quantities of food. The eggplants pleased us with their ample fruit and great shape. Peppers and cauliflower were also wonderful.
Tel: (241) 55-2-33
Danilyuk Boris Vladimirovich
Graduate of 1990
From 1991 – 1992 I took part in implementing the Mittleider method in Irkutsk city.
In 1993 I came back to my native country of Moldova and created a training-production center for bee-keeping and gardening. We spread the method through seminars. We help people with consultancy and books on gardening. This year our training-production center, where I work as a director and teacher, will be 10 years old. I use the Mittleider method in my garden and the results are very high. People are very interested, and that’s why we are busy with spreading and investing this method.
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I have worked with the Mittleider method for many years, because I felt that the method is very simple and effective – and exactly what is needed for a worker. In 1996 we organized the gardeners’ society “Demetra”. “Demetra” is a public, charitable, non-governmental organization. The goal of the association is to help small landowners with theory and practice.
The address of the association is Moldova Kogelnichan 82, MD-2012, tel: 24-40-02, 23-88-12, 46-43-20. The chairman of the organization is Ion Chokan (Ivan Chiokan)???
I spread the Mittleider Method in my country in several ways. We distribute literature, publish articles in newspapers and journals, and conduct seminars and conferences for gardeners and farmers. We do consultations with farmers and other citizens, and participate in exhibitions. We have also received numerous official letters of commendation about these developments in agriculture.
In 1998 I took part in organizing an international agricultural conference, to which professor Mittleider and Tkachuk Vladimir Ivanovich, the Director of the “Mittleider gardening” course in the Zaokski Theological Academy, were invited. After the successful conference the method began to be used with great popularity.
Now we conduct training-demonstration programs on the method at schools and boarding-schools, and thanks to the universality of the technology we achieve the best results. To expand such projects we are trying to find funds from both local and international charitable organizations that fund such social programs. In 10 years of work in agriculture using this method we have gained substantial results. Many farms use this method successfully and a great number of people in the cities and villages of Moldova get wonderful results.
Mikoyan street 257
Chizhov Tatyana Ignatievna
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We’ve worked on the land our whole lives. The soil has always been our feeder. We raised 6 children, and we worked peacefully with the soil all together doing that difficult work. All their lives my children dreamed of having their work in the garden easier, and if this wasn’t possible they dreamed of changing it into a new work, bringing more use and effectiveness.
Since 1991, with my children’s initiatives who graduated from the Zaokski program in 1990, we started to use the method on our land. At the very first, we didn’t like the idea of using mineral fertilizer - not because there isn’t such here, but because we had always used only organic materials, and chemicals always bring a negative reaction by people thinking that “it’s a poison - why should we poison ourselves?”
But even so we made one grow-bed for the first year to try this method. In 2 years and then 4 years we had changed the entire garden into narrow grow-beds. That is the short story of trying this method. Now that the work in the garden became more interesting, more effective, and more productive, we can’t imagine our work there in any different way. Gradually my neighbors started to watch us, and this way the “Kind” method was spread all over our country, because it is really a kind (pleasant?) job when done properly.
Graduate of 2003
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Our garden is on land near the church, and measures about 150 sqm. On this land we made 7 grow-beds of 15m length. In November I planted garlic that I harvested the next June 15. Between this growth I planted watermelon and pumpkin. In the other grow-beds I planted tomatoes, onion–from seeds, Bulgarian pepper, eggplants, cabbages, potatoes, sweet corn and carrots, the latter didn’t grow.
The pumpkins and watermelons grew well, 3 fruits in one vine for both crops. I grew indeterminate cucumbers.
Except for the carrots the experiment was very successful. I am pleased with the results, and so are my brothers who provided me with the land and means. But to make it better and do it according to the climate we need more time.
Now I work in the church as an assistant to the pastor, who is a pioneer and literature evangelist. Volodya Paldiayev.