Through the SFG Foundation I have become a certified SFG instructor. Mel encourages ALL of us to add a a humanitarian component if we decide to start a SFG-related business. He was wise to do this because when we help others, we ourselves become fulfilled. Because of Mel's guidance there is now a demonstration bed at The Samaritan Women in Baltimore. Soon there will be a SFG at Park Elementary School (Brooklyn Park, MD) and in just a few days we are installing the first SFG bed at homeless residences in the Glen Burnie area. I never would have had the skills or confidence to tackle these projects without the help and encouragement of the SFG Foundation.
As a garden coach I have used the Square Foot Gardening at four houses in two states in the last 20+ and teach as many people as I can about this gardening method. Square Foot Gardening is the easiest way to garden that I know of - save water, less work (almost no weeding), save seeds (no planting extra to thin out later), save space. Even for those who have plenty of area to garden you can grow more variety or just more. Whether you live in a house, apartment, townhouse, or condo you should be able to grow some of your own food. Never gardened before? No problem! You can be growing your own food within weeks. Copies of the book All-New Square Foot Gardening are available almost anywhere. The Square Foot Gardening Foundation's website has information and lists of teachers plus a Forum for asking questions and posting photos of your garden. No matter where you live in the world you CAN grow some food!
The Square Foot Gardening Foundation provides educational support and opportunity beyond comparison to the world! I have found support from key members at the foundation, and especially from creator and founder Mel Bartholomew in answering general logistical questions, as well as ideas and ways of offering practical support for several community based projects locally that I have spearheaded, such as school gardens, Boy Scout initiatives and non-profit ventures. I so love this fun and easy method of growing vegetables, fruit, flowers and herbs that I was inspired to earn my Square Foot Gardening Instructor Certification! This combines perfectly with my work and passion as a certified health coach, where I truly feel I can inspire individuals, children and families to connect to their food, their community and the land - improving their health, one square foot at a time. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be an ambassador associated with this organization whose mission is to end world hunger. The tools, materials, support and certification program provide empowerment, build confidence and strengthen that "can do attitude" that the world needs more of. I have seen first hand how implementing, introducing and inspiring others to use the SFG method where you simply build a box, fill it with perfect soil, place a grid on top and get green by growing changes and improves peoples lives, their health, their happiness and who they are in the world! I proudly recommend the Square Foot Gardening Foundation.