Farming For Humanity Foundation herein proposes a proven and effective program for feeding the populace in developing countries, referred to as co-op gardening. This program enables people in villages, towns and cities to participate in growing food on small managed plots, at the local level, for feeding their families, bartering with other growers and selling their surplus. In place of one farmer growing food for 10 or 15 villages, or corporate farms attempting to supply the masses, the village grows their own food with the help of professionally trained supervisors or agricultural agents educated at the Farming For Humanity Foundation (FFH) center here in the U.S., or at an established satellite FFH center within the country or region.
Economic development is achieved, as this program creates jobs at the local level, as well as tangible goods that can be bartered or sold. In addition to providing food, the most basic need of survival, this program adds to material wealth and an increase in the standard of living; as opposed to the poverty that is closely associated with not being able to meet the very basic needs of survival, or having to depend on charity to survive from day to day. Clean water, food and shelter are the cornerstone of a surviving civilization. Small family and co-op gardens will have a positive impact towards meeting these basic needs, as well as providing some material wealth that can add comfort and peace…minimizing the need for government subsidy and/or continued charity.
The FFH Garden Co-op Program is also a model of eco-friendly sustainable agriculture, through the use of nutrient rich organic humate base, low NPK, fertilizers that replenish and rebuild the soils while producing abundant nutrient rich food crops. It also saves tremendous resources, and cost, in not having to transport food thousands of miles. This program has exceptional potential to ease, or even eradicate the food shortage and hunger problems we are facing around the world. It’s been researched, tested and proven, to grow food efficiently in any soil, in any area of the world.
This brief synopsis spells out the program and projected cost to finalize a “working model”, through focused hands-on research, in actually growing crops in soils from around the world; documenting results and refining the program, including region or village specific programs geared to the soils and climates of the region, and condensing the programs into easy to follow manuals. The FFH Research Center will be the epicenter of the research, development and education to promote the Co-op Garden/Farming Program around the world, as well as the “mother ship” so to speak of the sister satellite FFH research centers around the world.
The end goal is to develop, educate and initiate the program around the world, to enable communities of all sizes the ability to obtain self sufficiency and improved economic development through growing their own food and feeding themselves.