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GROWING VEGETABLES FOR THE LESS FORTUNATE

“WHO IS MY NEIGHBOUR?”

One of SUCCESSFUL GARDENING PROJECTS’ aims is to encourage us all to think not only of ourselves, but of our neighbours and those in need.

Elkhart County (USA) are doing exactly this.

May the reblog of their August post spur you and whatever group you are part of, to do something similar in your own community

Elkhart County Grassroots Hub

Helping hands come in all shapes and sizes.

Elkhart County’s community gardens bring people together of all ages and from every walk of life. You DON’T have to be an experienced gardener to be of assistance. One woman who picked beans last night told me that she had never before picked a bean in her life. But, she said she likes how working in the garden makes her feel. “This feeds people here in our community,” she explains. “We can get a little sweaty and dirty for someone else. Giving back is a good thing.”

‘Seed to Feed’s’ coordinator, Dave Hochstetler, says that the vegetables are coming in so plentifully that “Seed to Feed” needs 30 pickers each time: Mondays at 9 a.m., Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Tell your churches, tell your clubs, tell your families. Great group project. Call Dave for details: 574-349-4905 or dhhooch@aol.com .

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WHAT IS “FARMING GOD’S WAY”?

Farming God’s Way, as the middle word attests, is a farming model unashamedly based on biblical as well as practical principles, like no other.

No burning/ploughing
It overturns the idea that one has to plough the land and burn the old maize stalks and bean vines.

Debunks the myths of poverty
On another level, the biblical training addresses the myths of poverty. Those who have implemented Farming God’s Way confirm that, not only does Farming God’s Way work (agriculturally), but it has set them free to prosper.

Soil improvement
By addressing the consequences of ploughing and burning the fields, farmers mindsets are challenged to implement zero tillage, mulching, and composting.

Click here to read more: BROCHURE.

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GROWING VEGETABLES – A SUCCESS STORY (cont’d)

Clearing a field in Kanyamaland

Later, after I had shared with him about Farming God’s way while we sat under a thatched gazebo he kept repeating something to his retainer (assistant) in the Lunda dialect.

I noticed there was a hint of tears in his eyes. His retainer turned to me and translated: “The Chief says he’s overwhelmed. He’s overwhelmed…overwhelmed!

Apparently over a period of six years the Chief had promises from two guys who had offered to train his villagers in Farming God’s Way, but they had failed to follow through on their promises. Now here before him was an “old” lady who had come all the way from South Africa – whom he did not know – who was available and offering to do the job. 

2010/2011

A fall in February 2010 in which my collarbone and thumb broke meant I could not return in May 2010 to follow up on the training with Chief Kanyama’s villagers. This was particularly disheartening as the accident set the five-year oversight programme back a full year.  But by July 2011 my passion (and the Lord’s) to settle in Mwinilunga could no longer be delayed, and by 15 December 2011 I was on my way, lock, stock and barrel (the saga is recounted in http://backthewaywecame.wordpress.com/).

Sadly, all communication was lost between Chief Kanyama and myself between 2009 and 2011due to consistent cell phone and internet network failure, and miscommunication at other times, via an intermediary.

2012

It was therefore only in June 2012 that I learned of the “first in a lifetime” abundant harvests being reaped in Chief Kanyama’s Kingdom as a result of implementing the training they had received – Farming God’s Way . A staff member at Keepers International, a civil engineer working on a hydro project in Kanyama Kingdom, the District Commissioner and members of the Department of Agriculture in Mwinilunga were all equally amazed at the results of this training.

This truly is a success story and validates the belief that Farming God’s Way is the way to go when training the poor. Not only that they may have food to eat, but they will learn to run their farms as a business to enable them to send their children to school, build homes for their families, afford medical treatment, and much, much more.

For further information about Farming God’s Way, click on this link – FGW

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GROWING VEGETABLES – A SUCCESS STORY (Part 1)

Maize fields

JULY 2009

(Farming God’s Way)

Double harvests in Chief Kanyama’s kingdom

“You should meet Chief Kanyama”, said my friend, Vincent when I told him about Farming God’s Way. “I’m sure he would want to hear about your program. But unfortunately, he’s already left the boma” [village].

What a pity, I thought. To train a chief and the poor in his village would be just the environment in which to showcase the effectiveness of the Farming God’s Way model of cropping. Disappointed that I had missed him I decided to take walk in the warm July sun, and directed my steps to the KwaKuwahi Lodge situated on the banks of the Lunga River.

Later, on my return to the boma, while thirstily downing two orange Fanta drinks one after the other on the Lido Restaurant verandah , I noticed four men approaching as if to pass by. They looked like an interesting group so I called out to them, and we spent some time chatting awhile. Just as they were about to go on their way a black Pajero drew up at the steps of the Lido’s veranda. Out of the vehicle stepped a tall, well-built Zambian man dressed in an orange-white-and-black Hawaian-type shirt, black trousers, and wearing a black cowboy hat.

“That’s Chief Kanyama”, whispered one of the four men, in hushed tones.

“Chief Kanyama!” I squeaked. “Are you sure?”

“Yes, he replied.”

Like a star-struck teenager I dashed up the stairs after him, and hearing my footsteps he turned to see who was behind him.

“Are you Chief Kanyama?” I asked. “Yes,” he replied, hesitantly, a bit bemused. I quickly introduced myself to him and asked whether he would be available that day, as I would like to tell him about Farming God’s Way. And graciously he agreed to a 16h30 appointment.

Later, after I had shared with him about Farming God’s way while we sat under a thatched gazebo he kept repeating something to his retainer (assistant) in the Lunda dialect (continue here).

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GROWING VEGETABLES – TITLE DEEDS and GOD’S EARTH

box beds

Some of my readers may be surprised to see the word, “God” in a vegetable gardening/farming blog.
I like to refer to him as Yahweh (YHWH), simply because that is his name.

 But this does not explain why I’m mentioning him at all.

As you read the Old Covenant carefully you will soon pick up that mostly YHWH disciplined Israel by withholding the rain, which resulted in famine.

Parched river

As soon as YHWH touched the sky and the earth growing vegetables became impossible,
and the people of Israel cried out in response to his correction,
“Help! We’re dying,” and he answered,
“If you return to me I will return to you.”
There are many side issues we could engage in regarding this. But the question remains…

Not right!

Who owns the land on which to grow vegetables?

Land is a huge issue in many countries.

When the Olympics were held in China stories abounded of how the Chinese government moved people from the homes they owned, to make way to build the Olympic stadium.

How could their government do this them?

Despite having proof of ownership of dwellings, no Chinese person owns the land on which their homes are built.

The land, says the Chinese government, belongs to the State.

YHWH says otherwise. I believe Him.

Why?

Because earthquakes and volcanoes have a will of their own and can shake the living daylights out of both us, and our properties.

Earthquakes submit to a higher power

They know more about title deed than we do, and are no respecter of persons when they feel the urge to move.

Farming God’s Way addresses the land issue;
it is foundational to understanding how we steward it,
whether we own the title deeds or rent the land.

YWHW says in Leviticus 25:23,
The land shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine…”
In another place we read, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.

To give an example of his ownership, here’s an interesting anecdote:

A rural farmer who adhered to the Farming God’s Way model tells how a herd of elephants  ate everything in sight – excepting his crops of maize and beans which was in full view of the herd.  The reason?  The farmer and his family offered their land back to YHWH, and asked him to protect it. No need to place fetishes and conduct incantations to protect the land to ensure a successful yield. Rather offer it to the One to whom it ultimately belongs. Go to http://www.werthworx.wozaonlin.com (Articles to download) to read more farmers’ testimonies.

I can personally attest to the efficacy of offering the land back to its Creator – and the harvest of vegetables reaped.

In 2009 I trained a Chief in Kanyama Kingdom 74 kilometres from Mwinilunga, a town situated between the Angolan and Democratic Republic of Congo borders in Zambia. They embraced the Farming God’s Way model, committed the land to YHWH among other things, and today they are reaping harvests not seen in the entire history of farming in their territory. For further testimony to the power of committing the land back to YHWH, watch the video, The Pineapple Story at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYM-4mGYzzE . It is the testimony of Veteran Missionary to Irian Jaya, Indonesia, Otto Koning, of his battle with the very people to whom he had been sent to evangelise, and how they stole everything from him that they could lay their hands on. Eventually he committed the land to YHWH. Watch what happens. An abundance of vegetables, fruit, and much more.It is hilarious! But brings home the point: everything we have is because YHWH has provided it.

I’ve highlighted the foundation for maximum yield and best practice
to achieve the most nutritious crops.

Now let’s get down to basics.

As silly as it may feel to you, go over to your vegetable garden right now, or to where your vegetable/herb pot plants have been placed. Or if you have a plot of ground, take a drive to it and stand on the land.

Lift it up some of the soil to YHWH. Acknowledge in his presence that the earth and all that is in it belongs to Him, and commit the soil to him, expressing your intention to steward it according to his best practice which is ecologically sound.

Offer the soil to Yahweh

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GROW VEGETABLES – IN LIGHT OF THE LOOMING FOOD CRISIS

We may read about the East Africa Drought CrisisGlobal Food Crisis 2010Looming Food Crisis to hit Afghanistan and Africa First, and articles about the imminent shortage of food in the world.
But for you who are reading this post right now,
the situation is much closer to home at the vegetable stall and in a shopping mall near to where you live.

Prices are sky high.

To give you an idea of price increases of canned vegetables – between November 2011 to date I bought 7 months worth of canned vegetables to take with me when I relocated to Mwinilunga. In November each can of vegetables cost R6.69 (that’s approx. 77c (USD). Today, 12 months later, the same can of vegetables costs R11.99. That is a R5.30 increase within a year(approx. USD1.39).

This is just one commodity. Purchase organically grown vegetables and the price escalates.

This blog is about growing your own vegetables.

I will provide you with three excellent vegetable growing models to do so from which you may choose.

The idea is to get you growing a nutritious resource in your back yard, or in strategically placed pots in your apartment or on the balcony. If you are blessed with a half acre or some hectares, even better.

Not only would I encourage you to begin growing your own vegetables for personal consumption – but the idea is also to create an opportunity for you to engage in community projects. I am greatly inspired by the Elkhart County Grassroots Hub, a blog that was introduced to me when I first started blogging myself. PLEASE visit this blog. There are wonderful related articles such as:

Let us not sit back and bewail rising prices.

Buy the best seed possible – ensure it is not contaminated

When we do begin to plant, let us do so with the best vegetable seed possible. Seed that has no trace of insecticide or pesticide, or has been organically modified in any way. It is essential – no…let me rather say, it is absolutely essential to read the small print on every packet of seed we buy. I guarantee without fear of contradiction, that the seed you buy has been treated with either insecticide or pesticides. Please read, “The Danger of Pesticides on Humans,” to gain a fuller understanding of this problem.

in 2011 I planned to relocate from Johannesburg to Mwinilunga, Zambia. The idea was to train poor subsistence farmers in the three models of farming being highlighted in this blog. The question was, where to purchase uncontaminated seed? Especially non-genetically modified seed?

Fortunately, during a visit to the Kensington Public Library near Rhodes Park in Johannesburg (South Africa), I met Tony Lopes, a permaculture vegetable gardener. He was been given permission to showcase this model of planting in the library grounds.

In discussion with him about where to source non-genetically modified seed he told me about a company called, Living Seeds. I’ve since learned about Seed Savers Exchange as well. These companies provide an inestimable service, ensuring that the vegetables you grow are insecticide and pesticide free – and that you remain healthy.

Read the small print
Next time you want to grow vegetables, read the small print, then do the right thing.

It’s time to act.

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see also:

http://www.facebook.com/colleen werth
http://www.werthworx.wozaonline.co.za
http://www.backthewaywecame.wordpress.com

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