WHAT WE DO – Prevent Pests and Disease
We have international solutions for most of the common problems concerning pests and diseases in modern day agricuulture/horticulture.
The Howard-Higgins system of growing is easier and a lot simpler than ‘Biodynamic’ and ‘Bio Intensive farming.’ It is more scientific than esoteric. It uses less labour, less machinery and less fuel but produces the same if not greater increases in yields.
A comparative study by Rodale Institute is made between conventional systems and organic systems. But we can increase on these standard organic systems with the Howard-Higgins system which starts at the most basic level of agriculture/horticulture which is micro organisms. We proliferate these organisms with the HH-2 system.
We teach zero till and low till systems for horticulture/vegetable growing. The Good Gardeners have been doing no dig gardening for 50 years. This involves non powered machinery and empowers indigenous peoples to produce high quality food entirely by themselves, without relying on fossil fuels, chemicals or machinery.
In order to feed the growing population in these times it will be necessary to incorporate the basic understanding that more people need to produce more high quality food. Rather than fewer people producing an abundance of low quality, low nutrient value food that is solely done with the use of fossil fuels, chemicals and large machinery. This system of agritech farming consumes much larger quantities of irrigation water and produces inferior crops that are not able to resist pests and disease without the use of ever increasing toxic cocktails of synthetic chemicals. In short mainstream agriculture is going in the opposite direction to sustainable agriculture.
While expedience can be met by scaling up and mechanising, while fossil fuels are available, the same basic principle of the full law of return has to be met.
Sustainable systems should rely more on closed loop systems and this means producing all necessary inputs from your own land. This is sustainable Agriculture and the need for mining of phorphorus and patassium can cease. If proper mixed farming were still practised this would be easily achievable.
By treating all manner of organic wastes locally which would otherwise be transported at huge cost to different waste facilities, such as Bio Digestors, dumped into landfill, or incinerated producing PCB’s or processed into an inferior soil conditioner and transported, again at great cost, back to agriculture, we teach and demonstrate how to turn these wastes into optimum fertiliser/soil conditioner in 90 days on site, so any farmer can produce his own fertiliser to grow his own animal feed and supply his crop nutrient requirements himself.
This means that every farmer could/should become a recycler and produce his own fertiliser for free, rather than relying on the current costly method of importing animal feeds and organic manures which are liable to be of inferior un-guaranteed quality onto his farm. . One of the main reasons farmers find they can’t do this is because they are not running mixed farms, they are running mono farms. This is the error of our times and the cause of the rise of soil infertility and the onslaught of pests and diseases that cannot be reliably by chemical methods.
This optimum fertiliser/soil conditioner is known as HH-4 and is complete in its manufacture in 90 days. It is a plant medicine and tree medicine, second to none.
This can be done on both large and small scales; in any rural setting or in peri urban setting as is appropriate. We manufacture ‘fertile top soil’ – HH-4, (John Innis Laboratory) from all kinds of farm/garden waste etc., on a large scale (mechanized) or on a small scale with the unique HH-2 Superfast Composter units.
We are consultants for the regeneration of exhausted agricultural land and marginal land. Both these types of land can be brought into full production within one season with the HH-2 technology.
Thus we are able to grow high quality food everywhere. This can be done often much nearer the place where it is consumed, saving vast amounts of fuel in transport and thus sequester maximum amounts of carbon. This is known as BLACK CARBON FARMING and is a soil based economy without which financial collapse is inevitable.
we have to revert to a soil based economy which does not pollute, employs everyone and will enhance soil fertility and will feed the growing population on a sustainable basis.
You cannot keep taking out 100% yields from your fields and only put back chemicals or a tiny amount of raw manure or recycled green waste. This is the route to failure for the entire agricultural system of the West.
HOW DO WE DO IT – HH-2
By operating the HH-2 system correctly we can solve most of the problems in agriculture today.
By solving the problems of Pests and Disease in the Farming World we can completely avoid the use of all types of chemicals, herbicides, pesticides and fungicides.
For small scale operators our HH-2 superfast Composter units are ideal – with No moving parts – and No electrical hook up. They are self convecting and self condensing and proliferate the right type of fungi for the manufacture of a consistent and reliable fertiliser/soil conditioner in one. It is the design of HH-2 and the management process that is so effective.
WHAT MAKES THEM WORK
We save large amounts of water, labour and fuel by not continually turning the material. This is a common mistake made by commercial composters. This actually kills the very fungi you are trying to generate. These fungi and bacteria will generate themselves automatically when given the right conditions by the HH-2 Hot Boxes
In this system
WE CULTURE SPECIFIC FUNGI AND BACTERIA TO PROLIFERATE OVER A SPECIFIC TIME FRAME -This renders all manner of wastes into perfect worm food C:N 10:1 and in conjunction with biochar you can indeed make this optimum fertiliser/soil conditioner known as HH-4
With over 20 years of research, we are able:
TO CONDITION ANY SOIL TYPE – WITHOUT ANY KIND OF SOIL ANALYSIS to produce healthy and abundant crops in one season. TESTED IN THE UK, INDIA AND AFRICA. (Howard achieved this over 100 years ago)
When the finished product, HH-4, is correctly applied once yearly to the surface of the ground all crop pests and disease are reduced to an absolute minimum on any original soil type. Irrigation requirements are also greatly reduced as you will be making “FRESH HUMUS” (John Innis Laboratory)
AND “FRESH HUMUS” (HH-4) HOLDS 20 TIMES ITS OWN WEIGHT IN WATER. (Oxford Real Farming Conference)
RESULT: NO SLUGS, NO SNAILS, NO CATERPILLARS, NO APHIDS etc.,
even airborne blight phytophthora infestans is done away with.
We are importers of The Hoss wheeled hoe. By operating this simple tool weeding becomes a hundred times faster than by hand hoeing.
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Your soil will become continually micro-organically active and crops grown in this soil will contain fully synthesised protein rendering the crops unattractive to pests and disease. Pests and Disease are signals that your soil fertility levels are dropping.
Crop yields are increased and these attributes of disease resistance are passed on to the consumer forming a stronger immune system.
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We exemplify our work for schools, colleges and Universities to expound these principles into farming today. Also for NGO’s and their training staff, such as CRS., OXFAM and NORGESVEL, etc., who may wish to take this work to the rest of the world.
The land at our Well End Micro-farm has not previously been cultivated for 35 years and without the expense of mechanical subsoil treatment. We have employed deep rooting plants to crack the subsoil pan. Food grown in this way with the Zero Till method is much higher in minerals, vitamins and proteins and is ten times higher in anti-oxidants. And is therefore considered Preventative Medicine (Howard).
This is the original science of Sir Albert Howard. Now reformulated with the research of Higgins on waste management strategy for farms, gardens, allotments, community living etc., and how to incorporate it into agriculture today.
The original science from India (1997) will be available in the title The Lost Science of Organic Cultivation in 2017.
The previous results of Howard’s work worldwide can be studied in the title
Farming and Gardening for Health or Disease, Howard, 1945. soon to be available from email@example.com
The health benefits of Howard’s work can be studied in the title The Living Soil, Lady Eve Balfour, 1943, Also soon available from us but currently this title is out of print
We are linked with The McCarrison Society: http://www.mccarrisonsociety.org.uk/latest
and soil carbon regeneration www.soil-carbon-regeneration.co.uk
All types of modern sustainable agricultural practises would benefit from the principles that we teach. These are missing in mainstream agriculture today the world over. They will play a large part in food security and disease prevention in crops and animals in the future.
If you wish to support our cause please donate to our charity GGI stating what area of our work you would like to support. It is of the utmost importance that this science coming from the work of the great Sir Albert Howard CIE., MA., etc., who is now considered the Grandfather of organic farming, becomes available to the general public through institutions like NIAB and Rothamsted Research and Cranfield University etc., and thus become available to the world-wide farming community.
Our sister web site is Good Gardeners International, reg charity no. 255300, which is raising funds for our projects in Africa and around the world.
You can visit our demonstration farm within the green belt of North London for the minimal price of £10 per head £5 for under 10 year olds. Come and visit our farm and see how we solve the problems of gardening and farming listed on this page.
We run courses at our UK farm, near London and they are available throughout the spring and summer months
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