At the invitation of the Soviet government and the Russian Seventh-Day Adventist Seminary in Lookski District, Tula Region, Dr. Jacob R. Mittleider returned to the Soviet Union Sunday to resume agriculture instruction for seminary students and other people of Russia.
An international agriculture consultant who specializes in scientific food production methods and who originated grow-box gardening, Mittleider will aim his instruction at people under 40 years of age who are looking for a better way of farming and planning for a progressive future.Mittleider said his intense 12-week course will teach the students how to grow an abundance of crops using just a shovel and their hands. The students also will learn how to detect nutritional deficiencies in the plants and how to correct them.
It was necessary for Mittleider to leave the Soviet Union last year because of health problems. But before his departure, he and his students managed to grow 16 varieties of vegetables where traditionally only cabbage and potatoes had been grown.
"They (university professors and government officials from Moscow) were curious to know how we had achieved such excellent results with only simple hand tools and inexpensive fertilizers," Mittleider said. "They kept asking me what methods we used . . . but we did nothing different there than what we have done in other parts of the world. We simply cleared the area, prepared a good seedbed, used good seed and healthy transplants. We were careful in fertilizing, watering and weeding. Using these methods, anyone can enjoy a good harvest."