The mission of the Square Foot Gardening Foundation is to help end world hunger. With resource constraints, civil unrest and natural disasters the job of feeding the world’s growing population is extremely challenging. This challenge is exacerbated by rapid population growth, which the United Nations estimates will increase from 7.2 billion at the end of 2017 to nearly 12 billion by the year 2100.
Making nutritious food available both internationally and in low income communities in the U.S. is a vexing problem but one the Foundation believes it can help address. By utilizing small parcels of land with simple soil management techniques, both land and water requirements are minimized. These techniques also require less time and effort than traditional farming methods, in part due to enhanced weed management and simple crop rotational practices.
For decades, this Square Foot Gardening method has taken hold in backyards, community gardens and in developing countries. These accomplishments, which have occurred on rooftops, in abandoned lots and plots of all shapes and sizes, have been supported by the Foundation’s Certified Instructors, who teach others these simple steps.
The Foundation’s goal is to continue expanding the adoption of these methods, connect people and communities, and increase the production of nutritious, sustainable crops.