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[titleblock size=”h3″]The Vision[/titleblock]
Foundations for farming has a vision to train up farmers in India and surrounds in a way of farming that will increase profitability and conserve their resources while at the same time bringing the message of God’s plan for restoration of His people Isaiah 58
[titleblock size=”h3″]The History[/titleblock]
Foundations for farming formerly known as Farming God’s Way, was pioneered by Brian Oldreive in the African country Zimbabwe. Brian was a very successful Tobacco farmer i8n Zimbabwe during the 80’s and 90’s. When his life was changed by God he was challenged not to grow this poisonous crop that was responsible for so much death. He gave up tobacco farming and moved on to grow food crops. Due to a number of reasons like low yields and poor rainfall he ended having to sell his farm to cover his bank debts. Brian now had to work on another person’s farm as a manager. During his time there as a manager this farm also was losing money every year as profits fell due to crop failures and low yields despite their best efforts.
At this critical juncture where he was in danger of losing his job as well Brian looked to God for answers. During his walks in the open wild areas of Zimbabwe God showed him His way of farming in nature, where there is no interference from Humans. The soil is fertile, the plants are healthy and there is enough moisture in the soil to sustain plants due to the mulch cover over the soil.
So Brian replicated these natural conditions on his farm by not ploughing the soil and covering the soil with natural mulch. To this he added the four principles he had learned from God’s order of things.That is to do things
- On TIME
- At STANDARD
- Without WASTAGE
- Do everything WITH JOY.
Now Brian saw unprecedented levels of productivity. Brian believed this way of farming was not a secret to keep and use only for personal gain but a tool to save lives and souls of millions of struggling farmers. So he embarked on a life of giving to others what he had received. Since it is ‘ more blessed to give than to receive ‘( Another core principle in FFF )
In March 2011, Mark Devaraj an agricultural graduate from Pagadupattu, a village in Salem, TN.was led to be trained and meet Brian and his dedicated team in Zimbabwe. On his return to India ,Mark tried out all he had learnt at Zim and was delighted to get great results on his own fields as well. With a lot of prayer and support from the NF apostolic team and leaders a centre was set up in the village of Pagudapattu on a plot of 1 ha. The centre called the Light house was inaugurated by Brianon 24th March 2012.
Since then the FFF centre has been doing trials on most food crops and some cash crops and training farmers as well.
The crops tried out with success so far have been Maize, Wheat, Rice,Ground nuts, sunflowers, lentils, guar, tapioca and various vegetables.
We have successfully shown farmers that rice can be grown to yield normal to high yields on dry land without waterlogged fields using a very minimal amount of water and labour. The yields of all our crops have been higher than local and national averages.
The work of FFF India also featured twice in a Tamil monthly magazine and has resulted in visits by farmers from all over the state of Tamilnadu. We were able to share with them the reasons and beliefs behind our methods.
At present we are expanding our cropping into another plot of 2 ha, to make it possible to grow crops on a commercial scale.
[titleblock size=”h3″]Future Road Map[/titleblock]
Foundations for Farming is a tool that can be used to reach out to poor farmers to teach them how to be profitable and show God’s complete plan for restoration His creation.
In this capacity FFF would like to serve the communities where there is a need.
Possibly look into finding areas of India where there is poverty due to lack of knowledge and money to make large investments in farming and show them the low cost methods of FFF.
Look for champions who can bring FFF to their communities.