Described as the hybrid saint of soil-based gardening and hydroponic gardening there are many gardeners who profess to this style in the same way that devout followers of Islam espouse their religion.
But is it a veritable gardening method or just another way to sell a heap of DVD’s and books?
If you want to know the truth, you need dig a little below the surface because the proponents of the Mittleider Method are the ones making the most from it.
To understand the method you need to understand the man. Dr. Jacob Mittleider was certainly an enigma in the sustainable gardening world and his efforts have helped families, communities and nations. He transitioned traditional gardening practices into a method that did more than become another alternative.
Mittleider understood that food production was more a management system than it was an environmental rape and pillage. Fruit and vegetables required minerals in the soil to produce better yields and healthier foods and that crop rotation, while it’s good, cannot give everything back to the soil. So he developed a 13 mineral formula (which you obtain when you buy the books and DVD’s) that fertilised the soil and continued to build it up regardless of what was being planted.
History has proved Mittleider’s methods and I would certainly advocate on behalf of implementing his philosophy. Whether you need all the books and DVD’s to start practising his methods is another question entirely.
So where does Jim Kennard and the Food For Everyone Foundation come into the picture? Kennard has been a Mittleider gardener for more than two decades, even teaching courses with Dr Mittleider. He started the FFEF in 1998 with the aim of helping gardeners implement better gardening practises.
Dr James Mittleider took his method throughout the world, especially developing countries where good gardening knowledge was in short supply. There have been projects in more than 30 countries and currently the Food For Everyone Foundation is working in Madagascar.
I’m really intrigued to know who has had experience with this method and what results they have had with it. If you have implemented the Mittleider method in your garden please share via the comments.