Mel's Stories

Prisoner Finds a Whole New Life...
A prisoner wrote and said, “Mel you saved my life”. He continued to tell his story that he was despondent and discouraged with his life in a Texas prison. Of course he felt that it wasn’t his fault. He conveyed to me that he was close to suicide. Then their prison started a Square Foot Gardening program, and he found a whole new life. Fast forward a few years and he said, "I’m now out and my small business is installing Square Foot Gardens for other people and taking care of them for them. It has brought a whole new meaning to my life. And I have you to thank for that."

After His Wife Died, He Became Depressed...
A lady in northern California wrote me about how her father had been so despondent when her mother died. “He just sat in the living room with the TV on, just staring at the wall. Week after week. Month after month. I brought him a book on gardening because he used to garden, but gave up.” "Here," I said “See if you like this – a new way to garden.” That night, I noticed his bedroom light still showed under the door very late. In the morning I woke up to a noise from the cellar. He was cutting up wood to build a Square Foot Garden. Fast forward, he is now in his garden, every single day, and more like his old self. Thank you Mel, for what you’ve done for my family.

One more. I could go on all day telling you of the heart warming stories sent to me. All because they took up Square Foot Gardening, and were enriched for one reason or another.

Young Josh's Life is Changed Forever...
 A young boy watched his mother and father do their Square Foot Gardening. They had become Certified Teachers. One day they asked him what he’s like for his 8th birthday. He said, "I’d like to become a SFG Certified Teacher just like you,  and I’d like the SFG Certified Teachers Kit as my birthday present."

At that time we had nothing for a teenager or even younger, but I said let’s make a new category of junior SFG  Certified Teacher. He completed the course and it has enriched his life so much that he now has one of the best-looking gardens of all of the certified teachers. And just think what he’s gonna go on to do the rest of his life. I have shown you Josh's garden before. It is outstanding. To cap that story, I was speaking at an Herb Society Garden show in Illinois  that  his parents helped organize and had asked me to come as the Key Note speaker. I did and had a marvelous turnout.  I also invited Josh to come up on the stage and help me present the lecture.  Can you just imagine what that meant to that boy and the memories he will have for the rest of his life, just to be up there in front of that crowd?  And think how proud his parents were
You Too Can Bring Change And Happiness to Many People
You tell me if those stories are all reasons enough to think about and  to thank the Lord that you can bring such change and happiness to so many people in your lifetime. Let me pass on my experiences to you and ask you, “Will you carry on the tradition of Square Foot Gardening, that it is not just a new gardening method, it is a philosophy of life. Our ultimate goal is to end world hunger and to show people how to become self sufficient by living from their Square Foot Gardens and becoming more independent and self-sufficient.

If EVERY  family in the world had just  one box right out their back door for each family member, that would provide them with a healthy, nutritious, free meal every day of their life.  And that is just a start! What can you do with SFG in your life and world to help others?

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