Friday, May 12, 2006

All about the Food Foreveryone Foundation

To order all your supplies:

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There is lots more on the CD including:

Garden Expense Record, Planting Record and Garden Maintenance record. Highly recommend printing these out it helps you keep track of everything.

You get a full version of 6 steps to successful gardening.

The complete Garden Master Lessons manual.

This software is amazing and well worth the price. I highly recommended this small investment. I will post pictures of the garden as it “Grows Along”

Please remember The Food For Eveyone Foundation is a non profit organization.

Just to give you an idea what the foundation is all about:

To view what the foundation is currently doing please check out Jim Kennards Blog

History of the Food For Everyone Foundation.

All about Dr. Mittleider the man who started it all.

The mission of Food For Everyone.

If you would like to volunteer to help Food For Everyone.

Jim Kennard also offers personal training on your site for small groups and businesses in the agriculture field.

Please consider donating to help support the foundation.

How to make Tframes from the F&Q

How do I build the T-Frames you recommend for vertical growing?
Author: Jim Kennard

Graphically illustrated instructions for building and installing T-Frames are contained in the Mittleider Gardening Course - advanced section, Chapter 15, as well as other books. Here are the "guts" of it. For a 30' Soil-Bed or Grow-Box, buy 6 - 8' treated 4 X 4's. Cut two of them into 6 equal-sized pieces 32" long. Four 32" lengths become the top of the T. The other two 32" 4 X 4 lengths then are cut into 4 equal-sized braces using 45 degree-angle cuts as follows: Measure and mark 10 5/8" along the bottom edge, then 3 5/8", then 10 5/8", then 3 5/8". On the top edge, measure and mark 3 1/2", then 3 5/8", then 10 5/8", then 3 5/8". Draw lines between these marks, then, using a table saw, cut on the lines. Pre-drill through the top center of the 32" tops, then use a 6" spike to nail into the 8' post. Screw or nail the braces to the top and post. Bury 15" in the ground at 10' (or shorter) intervals. Use #8 gage wire and eyebolts between the T-Frames, or use 1/2" galvanized pipe (held in place by two nails). If you want to extend the growing season, use 2 X 4's on edge, and make an arched canopy with 3/4" PVC and 45 degree Slip fittings every 2', then cover in early Spring and late Fall with 6 mil clear plastic.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Seedling disaster in Armenia

I had a chance to look at a greenhouse full of seedlings that are
being grown for 200 families in villages almost 100 miles distant
from our training center. The plants are not growing, and in various
stages of dying, and it's probably too late to save the crop. Here's
what I found was wrong - for starters.

The trays or flats were built with no drainage. This is the number
one No-No! Plants must have oxygen, and will drown without proper
drainage, or at the very least there will be a build-up of salinity,
which will totally stop them from growing.

The soil medium was more like clay soil than the soft and fluffy
sawdust, peatmoss, and perlite that we recommend. Even though
sawdust and sand were being used, the sawdust was truly DUST and the
sand was finer even than masonry sand. In addition, the soil was
pressed down firmly before planting. We recommend coarser materials
than that - again for the oxygen and drainage.

Pre-Plant and Weekly Feed fertilizers were not applied properly.
They needed 1/2 again the amount they had been given. For a flat 18"
square (1/2 meter) 1 1/2 ounces Pre-Plant and 3/4 ounce of Weekly
Feed should be applied and worked into the soil before transplanting.

The plants were planted too close together. This means more plants
are sharing the same amount of air, light, water, and fertilizer.
Most plants should not be planted closer than 64 in a 1/2-meter
square flat, and 56 is better. The ones I saw were all planted 81
per flat.

The flats were also very shallow, which would become a problem soon,
if the plants happen to live. Plant roots need room, and a flat
should be 2 3/4"--3" deep.

Almost all plants were exhibiting deficiency symptoms of at least one
nutrient, and I believe several were needed. Purple leaves indicate
a phosphorus deficiency, and these needed that plus magnesium, and
probably calcium (the major nutrient in the Pre-Plant Mix).

I began by drilling 32 1 cm holes in each flat, and applied Pre-Plant
and Weekly Feed sufficient to correct the original deficiency. I
next aerated 200+ flats 1" deep by dragging a dibble beside every row
in both directions. I then applied the other two nutrients I felt
were needed immediately by including them in the first watering.

It would be very time-consuming, costly, and stressful to the plants
to transplant them into better soil medium. And I could not tell if
the holes were sufficient to solve the drainage problem - I suspect
they were not, mostly because of the soil medium being much too
dense. Sadly I had to leave more than 15,000 vegetable plants to
their fate, in the hands of people who know next to nothing about
their proper care.

I recommend anyone who is interested in growing their own seedlings,
which is very rewarding on several levels, should get the Mittleider
Gardening Library CD, which is available at
in the Store section, and study Let's Grow Tomatoes and Gardening By
The Foot for starters.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Latest post from Organic Gardening non Profit Blog

Taking The Mountain To Mohammed
3 days ago

This week we visited our students in several villages almost two hours from the training gardens at Getk, to help them get started in their own gardens, and assist them as they began demonstrating to and teaching 200 other families "the poor man's hydroponic method" of gardening. We were gratified to watch as our students each took charge of their groups of people and taught with confidence and authority how to prepare soil-beds for receiving vegetable seeds and seedlings. These people are working hard and learning fast, and their efforts this week are the beginning of the pay-back. I received a special thrill on Thursday afternoon when the young woman who is Human Dignity and Peace's Project coordinator told me she was blown away as she watched and listened to the students with their participants. Rusan said she almost thought I was up there myself talking, demonstrating, and teaching, and she was amazed at how good and confident they all were. I figure they know about 15% of what I want to teach them in the next few short weeks, so there's much to do!

Seedling Production - Learn What You Are Doing!
3 days ago

This week I determined there was great need for us to visit our students in their home villages, while also assisting with transplanting in a greenhouse that is being used to provide many thousands of seedlings for 200 participants in 5 villages. I was reminded very graphically that greenhouse seedling production is not "a piece of cake", and requires knowledge and accuracy at every step. Tomato, pepper, eggplant, and cauliflower seedlings that had been planted about three weeks earlier were almost all in terrible stress from several causes, including lack of proper drainage, too shallow growing medium, and very probable deficiencies in calcium, magnesium, boron, and phosphorus. I immediately began working to try and save the plants by getting 32 holes drilled in over 200 seedling flats, and then by applying the nutrients I felt were so desperately needed. I really wish we were closer than a two-hour drive, so we could visit regularly and make sure things go well. An important and worthwhile project is at risk if the plants can't be revived. If you pray, please include the greenhouse at Karakert, Armenia. Thank you.