Since 1993, Biointensive for Russia has promoted GROW BIOINTENSIVE sustainable mini-farming (GB) through Russian-language publications and workshops hosted by NGOs, agricultural colleges, and schools in many cities of Russia and Uzbekistan. We have also supported mini-farming experiments conducted by our partner organizations the NGO VIOLA and the Grassroots Alliance PERESVET in Bryansk, Russia, in and near the Russia’s Chernobyl radiation zone. Details of our work may be found on our history website http://biointensiveforrussia.igc.org . For basic instruction on the GB method, see http://growbiointensive.org/Self_Teaching.html .
We published the third Russian edition of How to Grow More Vegetables by John Jeavons in 2016, and its re-issue led to the holding of workshops in the Bryansk oblast, Kaliningrad, and St. Petersburg that fall and one in Kazan in the spring of 2017. The workshop held by Dr. Ludmila Zhirina of the NGO VIOLA in St. Petersburg and its region inspired a series of workshops in May in the three provinces north of Moscow, which are documented in photo albums on Biointensive for Russia’s Facebook page. We created this site to present photos and reports from Ludmila’s follow-up workshops in late August and early September, and invite you to support our ongoing work to get the book into the hands of Russian teachers.
We trust you’ll enjoy seeing the efforts of gardeners of all ages in Russia’s northern provinces to grow more vegetables, more sustainably, in their short, intense summer. Their results are phenomenal, not only due to the efficacy of the method and the long summer days at their latitudes, but because Russians have food gardening in their hearts and souls!