Free Gardening Seminars – Tips & techniques for turning a weed patch into the Garden of Eatin

I am delighted for the opportunity of presenting free ½-day vegetable gardening seminars again this winter and spring to a limited number of groups who request them. My availability is necessarily limited, and timing is critical, so get your church, community, or gardening club involved now!

Seminars include 2 ½ hours of fast-paced pictorial instruction in the classroom, and 2 ½ hours of demonstration and practice in the garden. Your group will learn the unique world-renowned Mittleider Method of vegetable gardening that’s been called “better than organic,” and “the poor man’s hydroponic system,” and that promises you a great garden in any soil and in virtually any climate.

Whatever size garden you have to work with – whether 100 square feet or one acre; whether on a patio, in containers, or in the dirt; and whether it’s organic, or even hydroponic, you will learn to solve your unique problems and improve your gardening success. And you’ll enjoy gardening for a change!

You’ll learn tips and techniques for maximizing your limited space – eliminating weeds – using less water more efficiently – increasing yields – improving quality – extending your growing season – and minimizing problems with bugs and diseases.

Next summer you can eat fresh garden-grown tomatoes almost as soon as others are getting theirs established and growing in the garden! And you can still be enjoying them in December, long after your neighbors are paying top prices for “plastic” store-bought varieties. And you don’t need expensive greenhouses or hydroponic equipment to do it!

Dr. Jacob Mittleider developed these methods specifically for family gardeners all over the world. And we keep the procedures simple and the costs down, so that families, whatever their financial situation, can grow their own food and achieve health, self-sufficiency, and independence, while enjoying the experience.

You’ll want a large group (50-100 minimum) and a tilled garden space near the classroom (2-3 minute drive maximum), to assure the maximum benefit for all participants.

Email the Foundation with the details of your request at, or call 801-583-4449 or 888-548-4449. Let’s make 2007 the best, most productive, and most enjoyable gardening year you’ve ever had!

Meanwhile, if you live too far away, or can’t get a large group together, you can get most of the benefits of an in-person seminar by ordering the Garden Master CD, or the Mittleider Gardening Library CD from the Foundation at Then if you request it by emailing me at, I will also send you a copy of a live seminar I conducted recently.

Jim Kennard, President Food For Everyone Foundation “Teaching the world to grow food one family at a time.”

Jim Kennard, President of Food For Everyone Foundation, has a wealth of teaching and gardening training and experience upon which to draw in helping the Foundation “Teach the world to grow food one family at a time.” Jim has been a Mittleider gardener for the past twenty nine years; he is a Master Mittleider Gardening Instructor, and has taught classes and worked one-on-one with Dr. Jacob Mittleider on several humanitarian gardening training projects in the USA and abroad. He has conducted projects in Armenia, America, Madagascar, and Turkey by himself. He assists gardeners all over the world from the website FAQ pages and free Gardening Group, and grows a large demonstration garden at Utah’s Hogle Zoo in his spare time.

Gardening Books, CDs and Software are available at

“Pay It Forward” – You Can Too!

Q.  I am a Mother of 5 children. I don’t have a lot of knowledge about gardening and would like to learn more. I don’t have a lot of time to spend gardening and need to find the best way.
A.  I’m sharing my response to with you only to show how each of us can help make the world a better place by sharing – even in small ways – the good that we know.  And perhaps you will come to know what motivates me a little better also.

Dear Mother:  May I send you a gift to assist you?  I am from a family of 13, and my mother didn’t have time to do justice to a garden, so being the oldest boy at home most of the time, I was assigned that task.  I would have loved the materials I’m going to suggest here.

On the website – at the Store, you can look at the materials the Foundation makes available.  Any one of the gardening books can make you a proficient gardener!
There are a couple of things, however, that I think apply especially well to a busy mother.  The 6 Steps to Successful Gardening book is very simple and easy to read and follow, with illustrations for virtually every step.
And the Garden Wizard CD automates the planning and creation steps, and gives you a wealth of background assistance and guidance.
Depending on the ages and computer literacy of your children, and the possibilities of getting them involved in a “fun” gardening project, I believe you would benefit from either one or both of these.
Because My own wife – recently deceased – raised 5 girls, I felt a kinship for some reason when I read your note, and would like to send you one or the other of these two resources as a gift.
Please , if you would like to take me up on the offer, just give me your address and I’ll get something on its way tomorrow.
Best wishes for success in the most important work in the world – raising children.  And I hope you can get some of them involved in gardening with you.  I still thank my own mom 53 years later for getting me started (she even entered one of “my” pumpkins in the State Fair, for which I received a ribbon!).
Now don’t start sending me names of people you know who want a free book or CD, because I couldn’t begin to fill the requests. 
Instead, I challenge each of you reading this to think of ways to “Pay Forward” the knowledge by which you’ve been blessed, by helping and/or encouraging others – in this way or any one of countless others.
Do you have neighbors or family you’d like to see improve their gardening efforts?  How about a widow or single mother who needs a little boost? 
I can help any of you who would like to use the Foundation’s gardening materials in this way.  If you buy 5 or more, for charitable purposes only, in any combination, I will make the Garden Wizard CD and 6 Steps to Successful Gardening available for 1/2 price for the next 30 days, as the gardening season is getting started.
And if you are REALLY interested in helping others, I invite you to consider assisting people in many other countries, who almost ALL need help!  As one example among many I could name,  the Madagascar garden project I conducted in 2002 is suffering the effects of a typhoon that destroyed the greenhouse and storage shed.  It is devastating to this little school that has been running on virtually no money since I left, except for the year’s supply of fertilizers and seeds I left with them.

Taking the Knowledge of Family-Based Food Production to the Families of the World

Dear Reader:
My whole desire in running the Foundation is to teach families around the world to grow their own healthy food.  This mission consumes all of my days, and most of my retirement money already – which I don’t mind!  I chose it, and I love it.
However, the only way we will be successful in helping people is if they know we’re here, and then visit the website to get the knowledge they need.
How will people find out about these resources?  The internet is the most powerful tool ever devised by man to spread knowledge!  And the primary way people use it is with Search Engines.  But if you are not on the first page of a search, most people will NEVER even SEE you!  We must therefore improve our ranking in the search engines, in order for people to find us.
And you can help!  First of all, if you find the website and/or the FAQ Section helpful please tell people!  But beyond that, we must have many links from other websites, since that is a major way the search engines rank a site.  So, if you have a website, or if you know of anyone who has a website, PLEASE ask them to place a link to these web pages from their own Links or Resources page.
Most folks aren’t excited about helping someone else sell a product, but that’s not what we’re about, even though there are a few things to buy here.  Our mission is to teach and assist people to become self-sufficient in their food production.

Because we are all about education, the kind of website that would be MOST HELPFUL as a linking site, is any website with an .edu ending.  Do you know of a college or university professor, or even a student who has an .edu website, or who has access to one that would consider a link to us? 

So, if you see any value to what we’re doing, please request that anyone you know place a link from their site to the Foundation Home page, or this Frequently Asked Questions page, or the Learn section at, where we have an excellent ebook. 
PLEASE CONSIDER THIS REQUEST CAREFULLY!  “By small means are great things brought to pass.” A few people always stand at the fulcrum as agents of change.  And because you’ve cared enough to read these materials, you know something about the Foundation and the materials we are giving to the families of the world, and are in a position to make a real difference in our ability and opportunity to do good in the world.
Kindly let me know of anyone I can visit with about linking our site to theirs.
THANK YOU for your interest in vegetable gardening!  And thanks for taking the time to consider this request. 
Jim Kennard, President
Food For Everyone Foundation
“Teaching the world to grow food one family at a time.”