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Job S. Ebenezer and Technology for the Poor

Urban Agriculture with Job Ebenezer – part 1

Wading Pool Gardens

The president (Dr. Job Ebenezer) of the organization, Technology for the Poor, explains his vision for the spread of urban agriculture.

In 1993, Dr. Job Ebenezer, former Director of Environmental Stewardship and Hunger Education at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) established a container garden on the roof of the parking garage of the ELCA offices in Chicago. The hope was that the roof top garden would serve as a role model for creative use of urban space throughout the country. Dr. Ebenezer proved the feasibility of growing vegetables in plastic wading pools, used tires and feed sacks.

Urban agriculture with Job Ebenzeer – part 2

The demonstration garden has proved to be highly successful. Each year since 1993, urban gardeners at the ELCA offices in Chicago harvested nearly 1,000 pounds of vegetables from nearly 40 wading pools and a dozen of used tires and feed sacks.

Visit Technology for the Poor website here.


1 Martha Newfield { 03.26.11 at 10:36 am }

Hi Job,
I tried to reach you earlier but haven’t heard from you so I am trying again. I would like to feature you and your work along with some others on the synod website we are preparing. I need to get some material from you for it. Please contact me whenever you are able. Thank you!
Blessings, Martha

2 John. JRP. { 06.19.11 at 4:03 pm }

Hi Job, just to say thank you for trying to spread the word about my 3Rs plastic cntainer gardening idea, which I’ve now seen you talking about on YouTube. All the very best John JRP (recycling) in UK.

3 John. JRP. { 07.17.11 at 9:17 am }

Hi ALL, I’m in the process of trying to get set up in Greenwich SE10 (UK) a place where all our waste plastic containers can be cleaned and reused again as simple water reservoirs as part of Governments WORLD AID programme, using my 3Rs Plastic Container Gardening ideas to help feed millions of people now in a drought or flood situation, to see how please visit my website. John.

4 John.JRP. { 11.10.11 at 10:38 am }

Hi ALL, I do hope you and yours are all well, with this in mind I would like to see the 11-11-2011 also become a day to remember for all times sake, with your help, as the day the WORLD found out there is an answer to help feed millions of people for next to nothing using my 3Rs Plastic Container Gardening ideas to grow things now. To day Mr Martyn Sibley has shown his support for my 3Rs Plastic Container Gardening for Wheelchair users, Simply done by me spreading the word about something that actually works in the simplest of ways by design, to help people live a better life in a drought or flood situation, and to also help Recycle, Reuse, Reduce waste. To see what I’ve done in my own way please visit Thank you. John. JRP (recycling)

5 John.JRP { 02.01.12 at 11:15 am }

Hi Job this is an update seeing as I’ve had no reply to my last e-mail, I’ve just come back from speaking to Tracy and Alex who are part of a good team run by the Wildehorizons outdoor education trust at the Environment Curriculum Service, 77 Bexley Road SE9. who have shown a great interest in becoming Friends of JRP recycling and in the way I grow things, enough to maybe start setting things up very soon, after them speaking to their boss. Plus I’ve also spoken to our local B&Q store manager R…. who said he will help in any way he can, to help keep down the cost of any of my Community projects now and in the future. With this in mind if you can help in any way to restore some of the cuts that the Councils have done to the Environment Curriculum Service would be great, as they are trying to spread the word to lots of school children, so they can live a better life now and in the future. Plus today I’m going to send in a form called (Transform) a London 2012 Changing Places Initiative, to help set up two Community Gardens at our MOUND shopping area with the help of the Groundwork team. I will keep you posted.
May you and yours and what you grow live long and happy. John. JRP (recycling). UK.

6 John.JRP { 02.13.12 at 4:40 pm }

Hi Job, Yes, I’ve got some great news I would like to share with you all, I’ve just been told by Claire at the Eltham Environmental Curriculum Service, that she is letting me have my very own area to show how I reuse waste plastic containers to grow things in, which is great news for me after so many years of trying to spread the word about my 3Rs Plastic Container Gardening ideas, and lots more that works in the simplest of ways.
NOW I have a proper place where children can become friends of John . JRP (recycling) and enjoy growing things in a different way, and where they can watch me doing things with the help of Mother Nature and some water. This I hope will become the MECCA for people to come and see my systems in action all year round if they want to. As its been designed by me to be use in a drought or flood situation and cost next to nothing to make to save lives.
If things all go well I believe the Environment Centre will become as popular as the Chelsea Flower Show or Kew Gardens, just for being different, my water recycling system can work in many different ways Vertically or Horizontally, and using any water that is collected in the containers at any time can be used just like a water resovire, controlled by undoing the cap or doing it up. plus all the other benefits which make my system work.
Plus today I met a young lady from Groundwork Uk who did like my idea of making two community garden areas, both at our MOUND shopping area SE9, which I hope will also be supported by our Royal Borough of Greenwich, I will keep you posted in regards to all of my new projects which I have already put some photos of on my website.
May you and yours and what you grow live long and happy. John JRP (recycling)

7 Maryanne TP Fong { 03.03.12 at 12:29 pm }

I am a professional biologist,Member of the Society of Biology(UK),MSB(UK)and I really enjoyed your website.
The information on Container Garden & Gardening is particularly useful!

Maryanne TP Fong
Robert Bateman Get to Know Program Ambassador(Canada)
Friend of the Royal Horticultural Society(UK)
Friend of the Conservation International(USA)

8 John.JRP { 03.03.12 at 4:43 pm }

Hi Maryanne TP Fong, I hope you and yours are all well, and thank you for showing your interest in the way I’m trying to promote my 3Rs Plastic Container Gardening ideas to help reduce waste and use less water at the same time, which as you can see works in the simplest of ways. So please help me, to help feed the poor people in the world.
Please help in anyway you can to spread the word.
Thank you. All the very best. John. JRP (recycling) (UK)

9 Joshua { 09.09.12 at 11:11 pm }

Hi Job, I am very much interested in starting a vertical garden using plastic bottles on rooftop. Can you suggest me plant that I can grow and where I can get the seeds in Chennai.

10 John.JRP { 10.10.12 at 1:27 pm }

Hi Job, I hope you and yours are all well, this is a up date of what I’ve been doing for some time now, to help get more people to grow things. For example If you go on to Facebook ( Growing London) you will see lots of photos I’ve taken on different days showing me and my friends doing some gardening in our local community, where we started our project this year. One is at the Mottingham Community Centre SE9 and another is at the Mottingham Community Learning Shop SE9. I’ve also been doing my own project every Wednesday at the ( Eltham Environmental Curriculum Service Centre) which is also on Facebook ( Widehorizons) Outdoor Education T, which I’ve also put lots of photos of on my website for you to look at too. As you will see on my own Facebook page ( John Richard Pendergast) I’m just trying to help stop hunger mainly in my own way. Simply done by trying to spread the word in my own way too. May you and yours and what you grow live long and happy. John JRP (recycling).