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Recent broadcast on Radio 4 Farming Today:
Problems with Yellow Rust in Wheat is being discussed at NIAB
We are an Innovation Farm with NIAB.
We hope that NIAB will actually look into the solutions we have for these
problems in grain farming. They are waiting to receive their spring funding
for looking into this and other crop disease problems.
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 if they can be implemented.
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 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 and becomes available to the world-wide farming community.
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) applicants for our Well End Micro-farm CSA please email for further information to firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT WE DO
We have international solutions for many of the common problems concerning pests and diseases in modern day agricuulture/horticulture.
We promote BIO INTENSIVE AGRICULTURE but without the digging of the soil. Thus Continual cropping is made possible with the principle that you cannot take a yield from 100% of your field or farm. If you do this you will be overworking THE SOIL the result being production of inferior crops with pest and disease infestation and soil degredation.
The Howard-Higgins system of growing is easier and a lot simpler than ‘Biodynamic’ and ‘Bio Intensive farming.’ 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,
We perform zero till systems for horticulture and vegetable growing. This involves non powered machinery and gives indigenous peoples the power to produce high quality food entirely by themselves, without relying on the fossil fuel economy.
We perform low till systems for agriculture. This involves low tech machinery which performs the tasks perfectly well without high tech satelite navigation systems etc., It is simply achieved by employing people on the land rather than encouraging them to go to cities. Small scale Organic Farming is the solution to the worlds food problems. What we need is a vast amount more of small farms. This would employ a lot more people and reduce the need for fossil fuel based agricultural chemicals and machinery and in conjunction with the HH technology of fungi and bacterial replacement in soil organisms will boost production in a sustainable manner.
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 copious amounts imported labour (UK) which by the very nature of large scale agritech farming consumes much larger quantities of irrigation water and and produces inferior crops that are not able to resist pests and disease. In short agriculture is going in the wrong direction.
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 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 woud 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 thus 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 solved by the chemical methods.
This optimum fertiliser/soil conditioner is known as HH-4 and is complete in its manufacture in 90 days.
This can be done on both large and small scales; in any rural setting or in peri urban setting as is appropriate. By manufacturing ‘fertile top soil’ (John Innis Laboratory) – HH-4, 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.
In conjunction with biochar production from particular waste streams which we inoculate with our premium fertiliser/soil conditioner HH-4 we increase the longevity of soil fertility. By this farming method you will not need to purchase mycorrhiza fungi, Nematodes etc., from commercial producers. The correct fungi, nematodes etc., are naturally generated and preserved in your soil with the HH-2 Horticultural and Agricultural system.
Thus we are able to grow food high quality food everywhere. This can be done in or very near 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 manure or recycled green waste this is the route to failure for the entire agricultural system of the West.
HOW DO WE DO IT
For small scale operators our HH-2 superfast Composter units are ideal – with No moving parts – and No electrical hook up, are self convecting and self condensing and proliferate the right type of fungae for the manufacture of a consistent and reliable fertiliser/soil conditioner in one go. 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, as is done by commercial compost operation. This actually kills the very fungi you are trying to create. This is not necessary with the HH-2 units. These fungi and bacteria will generate themselves automatically given the right conditions.
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 indeed can make this optimum fertiliser/soil conditioner known as HH-4
With over 20 years of research riding on Howard’s research of 30 years 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 this material FRESH HUMUS HOLDS 20 TIMES ITS OWN WEIGHT IN WATER. (Oxford Real Farming Conference)(John Innis Laboratory)
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 there is something wrong with your soil.
Crop yields are increased and these attributes of disease resistance are passed on to the consumer in the form of building 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 had 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 or into any growing system.
The original science from India (1997) is now available in the title The Lost Science of Organic Cultivation. Now back in print!
£25 + p&p email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com but currently this title is out of print
This site is now linked with The McCarrison Society: http://www.mccarrisonsociety.org.uk/latest
and soil carbon regeneration www.soil-carbon-regeneration.co.uk
“ Our Patron – We met Julie Felix in 2012, who featured in a local concert that was put on to raise money for one of our course takers at Well End who raises money to do work for orphanages in Africa. At this event Julie became our patron.
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