Georgia Organics Interview with Shabari Bird about her workshop on Agro Homeopathy
1. How did you become interested in agrohomeopathy and how have you developed your knowledge of agrohomeopathic methods?
I was first introduced to homeopathy when I was 20. I was living in Paris and my hostess took me to a homeopathic pharmacy. I met Dr. Pierre Dassonville who treated me for the flu with Gelsemium. In 1973 I read Secret Life of Plants co-authored by my late husband Christopher Bird and Peter Tompkins. In 1974 After reading about Dr. Edward Bach, a London homeopath who developed what is now known as Bach Flower Remedies I ordered a Bach Flower Remedy kit.. I studied Homeopathic Medicine at the National Center for Homeopathy (NCH) Professional Course, Millersville College, PA, 1976, 1977, 1978;
I continued my education through seminars in Classical Homeopathy with Professor George Vithoulkas, New York, NY in 1982 and with Bill Gray.
I apprenticed in Classical Homeopathy with Alan Sutherland, MD and Christopher Easter in Maryland. In 1979 I organized the first homeopathic class in Georgia with George Guess, MD. Harris Livermore Coulter, author of Divided Legacy, History of Homeopathy and Medicine was personal friend of Shabari and my late husband Christopher Bird.
According to the doctrine of sympathetic resemblances all growing things reveal through their structure, form, color and aroma their particular usefulness. Good farming begins with observation and through this most farmers can discover the best energetic treatment of their ailing soils and plants.
2. Can you explain agro homeopathy and its benefits?
My husband Hugh Lovel and our company Quantum Agriculture work with small and very large scale farms many are certified organic. We encourage every possible natural means to increase soil fertility and to deal with inconvenient pests and insects.
Through Biodynamics, we use various herbal remedies which have been dynamized through rhythm. Homeopathic remedies are prepared in a similar fashion.
My first experiments with homeopathic treatment for plants was with Bach Rescue Remedy for the treatment of transplant shock. It work magnificently. Like homeopathy, biodynamic agriculture (BD) uses substances in infinitesimal quantities, but these are sprayed on soil and plants or put in compost heaps a very important contribution of Agro-homeopathy is that it neither attacks nor affects the environment, but instead, lends to the re-establishment of the ecological equilibrium.
The homeopathic potentising of the biodynamic preparations dates back to the work of Doctors Eugen and Lily Kolisko, during the 1920’s…. It is clear from Rudolf Steiner‘s encouragement of the Kolisko’s work, his other suggestions in ‘Agriculture’, and his effort in Anthroposophical medicine, that he was very much in favour of using homeopathic methods in all spheres of life…. The work done by the Koliskos, establishing the effective potencies using seed baths on wheat seedlings (followed by measuring the root and first and second leaf lengths) was redone in 1991.
Immediately I grasped the possibility of homeopathic treatment of soil and plant fungus imbalances, growth enhancement, enhancing fruit flowering and ripening, and treatment of
3. How can agro homeopathic methods deter pests and keep soil fertile?
Experiments with homeopathically applied herbicides and other artificially synthesized substances have proven these substances function as growth promoters when diluted in a classic homeopathic fashion.
Agro-homeopathic preparations can be made from synthesized substances, plants, minerals, poisons, animal residues but they do not cause anything residual or produce damage to the environment. ….
Biodynamic “Peppering” is a process in which an offending pest, insect, weed seed, fungus, etc is burned in a small wood fire, ashes gathered and diluted rhymatly and then applied to gardens and farms. Our Quantum Ag farmers have about an 80 % success rate using this method.
I also use a variety of common homeopathic remedies for most of my garden needs.
4. How affordable is agro homeopathy?
To use an Australianism: Cheap as Chips; most affordable of all methods. Most remedies available in local health food shop. And non-toxic.
5. What are your favourite remedies or methods?
Ferrum phosphoricum Ferr-p. Injury from disease; injury from fire; mechanical injury; injury from storm; rotting fruit; capillary paralysis; pseudomonas; black spot; bacterial stripe. Ferrum sulphuricum Ferr-s. Weevils; absent petals; malformed petals; shrivelled flowers; absent fruit; diminished fruit; rotting fruit; brown rot with caterpillars; brown rot with maggots; unhealthy flowers; immature ovaries; absent ovaries; immature stamen; black mould; grey mold;
Helix tosta Helx. Snails and slugs
Hepar sulphuris calcarea Abies. Beetles; caterpillars; cabbage moth; flies; cabbage flies; cabbage fly; carrot fly; white fly
Hyssopus officinalis Hyss. Injury by insect; shrivelled with pest activity; late blight with bacterium; pseudomonas; rot; bacterial rot; beetles; flea beetle; bugs; caterpillars; cabbage moth; crickets; flies; moths; cabbage moth; sawfly; thrips; wasps; weevils;
Juglans nigra Juglans. epidermis: dry, foamy, slimy, patchy, wet; diminished fruits; orange discolouration; red discolouration; yellow discolouration; excessive leaves; deficient respiration; increased water requirement; decreased water requirement
Kali oxalicum Kali. Injury by insect; shrivelled by pests; caterpillars; cluster caterpillar; procession moth; spitfire; webworm; flies; hawk moth; rust mite; moths; diamondback moth; grapevine moth; potato moth; procession moth; sawfly; sawfly larvae; hard scales; soft scales
Kali bichromicum Kali-b. Boron deficiency; boron excess;
Kali carbonicum Kali-carb. Drooping flowers; absent petals; discoloured petals; malformed petals; shrivelled flowers; diminished fruit; shrivelled with pest activity; immature ovaries; shrivelled ovaries; no pollination; defective pollination; impaired pollination; immature stamen; shrivelled stamen;
Kali iodatum Kali-i. Mites;
Magnesia carbonica Mag-c. Damping off; windrowing;
Magnesia muriatica Mag-m. Injury by pests; shrivelled with pest activity; aphids; Magnesia phosphorica
Mag-ph Salination damage – fertiliser run-off, natural salts; salination; mites
Magnesia sulphurica Mag-sulph. Salination damage – bores, fertiliser run-off, natural salts; salination; blotch; damping off; mildew; powdery mildew; downy mildew;
Magnesium metallicum Mag-m
Calcium deficiency; manganese deficiency; Phosphorus deficiency;calcium excess; manganese excess; phosphorus excess;
Calcium deficiency; Iron deficiency; Phosphorus deficiency; calcium excess; iron excess; phosphorus excess; potassium excess
Manganum aceticum Mang-ac. Mouldy epidermis
Mentha piperta Menth. Insect damage; shrivelled with pest activity; ants; aphids; beetles; caterpillars; moths
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Shabari Bird teahcing Radionics treatment of farms at Georgia Organics