How to use radionics for your farm

Setting Up an Agricultural Enterprise

 

By Hugh Lovel

 

At The Start

  1. Plan

Part of this mix is maps, soil tests and a wide range of studies to fund the imagination and attainment of skills. The other part is inspiration, desire and initiative.

  1. Build that most important capital item–soil fertility and robust ecology.

This comes first and it isn’t even on any balance sheet. Yet, it is the most important asset of every agricultural enterprise. Enjoy a big chuckle while writing off input expenses and hiding investment gains from appraisers and tax collectors. Other infrastructure like roads, fencing, hydrology, buildings, machinery and livestock are secondary and should come along later. Since we are in the IT age, couple this with the old adage, ‘Observation is the Basis of Intelligence.’

 

An Outline of Priorities

0.0. To use your resources to their fullest requires knowing what you’ve got and what you don’t have. As part of the examination process before buying a new property, do a comprehensive soil test, such as the Quantum Soil Analysis, which involves both soluble and total tests. Of course you may inherit land or this might come after putting money down and signing a bit of paperwork, but the principle should be clear.

1.1. Go to Google Earth and download an aerial map of the property.

1.2. Draw the boundaries carefully around it.

1.3. Apply a full complement of Biodynamic Preparations to kick off the life processes.

Recommendations can be confusing about how to apply a biodynamic program. There are many options and hardly anyone agrees. At the risk of offending the orthodox, traditional, fearful and only-one-right-way folks, I would stick my aerial map of the area with its property boundaries and an intent written on it in my radionic instrument and start radionically applying a biodynamic preparation complex using quantum non-locality and entanglement. Stirring and spraying, putting up a Field Broadcaster, putting preparations in irrigation water and ‘Tea Bags’ in all the water troughs, putting small vials of preps at strategic energy intersections and holding prep burial and retrieval parties all tend to take a lot more doing and can come later.

For those new to radionics who don’t have a radionic instrument, print out a copy of the map, draw the boundaries on it and inscribe the following formula of intent:

“If it be Thy will, let the powers of nature converge to increase and enhance the beneficial energies and transform any detrimental energies into beneficial ones, within the boundaries as marked, for now and in the future, for as long as is appropriate, in deep gratitude, Amen.” 

Laminate this map and paint on it some stirred Earth Legacy Field Activator (a complex of all the biodynamic preparations in one easy-to-use formula.)*

Along with the map, Google search ‘radionic projection wheel’ and download the image file. Print off a projection wheel and laminate it. Find a spot with good, healthy warmth and light. Place the laminated map on top of the Projection Wheel and say the intentional prayer “If it be Thy will . . . .” If dowsers prefer they can check for the appropriateness of the spot, when best to begin and how long to continue.

Projecting the influences of the biodynamic preparations via the aerial map launches a paper radionic program, which works on the fluid dynamic principle that a microscopic change at a point can effect large scale changes in the medium. According to the definition section in my early book, A Biodynamic Farm, I would call this sympathetic magic or sympathetic vibratory physics. Paradoxically if one doubts that this works then it won’t. Otherwise this works wonderfully well.

1.4. Study the lay of the land as thoroughly as possible. Existing watercourses, roads, fences, wooded and cleared areas, rock outcropping and wind-swept ridges, all are important features of the asset base. Water flows downhill and soil tends to follow, while warmth and air flow upward. A topographical map, oriented north south so you know the path of the Sun, will get you started; but you have to apply this to laying out the property. Get P. A. Yoeman’s book Water For Every Farm and do your best to keyline your property so you catch and conserve all the water you can. Get help if you need it.

Hydrogen the principle component of water, is the gateway to organization and organization is the basis of life. Keep in mind that life arises at boundaries. (That’s why it is key to draw the boundary around the property on the map.) As the smallest element, hydrogen is almost all surface and virtually no content. As a feature of nature this is very special, as a surface is a boundary and plenty of hydrogen maximizes boundaries. Hydrogen is the gateway to life. Life is all in the activity rather than the substance. Since hydrogen comes first, have a care to conserving, managing and using it well.

1.5. Diversity of species gets a lot of dynamic synergy going, which is what feeds soil fertility and builds ecological bounty. Synergy involves a mathematics not taught in most schools, since in a living, dynamic system 10 plus 10 can add up to 25 or 30. In most math classes that is a flunk, but in an agricultural enterprise this is meat, potatoes and gravy. A diverse soil cover is the beginning of synergy—so cover all bare spots—if not with plants, with some sort of mulch to create habitat for soil animals.

1.6. Maximize biomass production.

This is the plant side of things. Gabe Brown in North Dakota, one of the most inhospitable places to farm in the USA, is a great example for us all, as is Colin Seis in NSW. The rule of thumb here is, ‘export no more than 8% of your total biomass production if you want your asset base to grow’. Selling off hay, for example, is not a good idea. Selling meat, milk, pumpkins or apples generally is a good idea if we don’t buy in to the toxic chemical/soluble fertilizer death and fear rubbish. Let life thrive and watch closely. It has a wonderous way of sorting itself out.

1.7. Maximize digestive activity. This is the animal side of things. Most important is the protozoa, the smallest animal life in the soil. (Don’t forget the hydrogen in water or the fact that life arises at boundaries.) These microscopic animals move about at the finest level, and a thriving ecosystem requires robust protozoal activity working at the surfaces of soil particles where warmth, air, water and life meet solid substance. Ants, earthworms, cows, bees, eagles and everything in between should be taken into account—a huge diversity.

Also consider mowing or grazing summer and winter vegetation at the peak of its biomass productivity, and laying it down on top of the next season’s seeds. This is a digestive activity that sets the stage to maximize biomass production.

On the other hand, consider mechanical cultivation. Though this too is a digestive activity, it devastates the soil food web while aerating and exposing the surfaces of soil particles to the warmth and air, sometimes in the absence of water and life. Use cultivation with care. High populations of the smallest animal life in the soil does the job at the finest level and does it better.

1.8. Fertility inputs from outside the property—if they are the right ones—can be a big multiplier. Base your inputs and amounts on comprehensive soil testing and the biological sequence of importance of what has to be functional before the next thing kicks in. From this viewpoint, even in the most compacted soils, sulfate exposes the surfaces of soil particles to oxygen. After all, sulfate is SO4= which, as a soluble ion with four oxygens that travels with water everywhere. Water, of course, carries oxygen. This tends to be the source of corrosion in anaerobic water-logged soils. Sulfate, on the other hand, carries useable, surplus oxygen. That and a little humic acid, kicks off the life processes. Then boron, silica (mostly made available at the surfaces of soil particles) and lime precede the utilization of nitrogen, which is 78% of the air we breathe.

Also, just so you know, it’s a relatively rare soil that doesn’t have significant reserves of magnesium, phosphorous, trace minerals and potassium, but it does happen. A total test will give the true picture here. Anything deficient in the soluble test may indeed be needed to ‘prime the pump’ so that access to soil reserves can occur. It helps to add compost, raw humates or refined humic acids along with inputs such as gypsum, lime, rock phosphate and sea minerals—especially boron. This feeds the inputs to the soil food web.

1.9. Keep records.

The doing has to come first, but keeping track of the doing facilitates feedback to see what is working and how. This is essential for fine tuning the enterprise. Remember, this is the IT age. Establish GPS points for such things as taking pictures, soil test sites, spreading fertilizers, planting trees, measuring areas and elevations, mapping resources, siting buildings and fences, etc. Feed this data stream into a computer program that can correlate the data. This is important for future planning as well as documentary background for interaction with others in the fields of science, education, finance, law, politics, community planning and social interaction.

 

 

 

In Sum

It helps that a few of us here and there know the methods and benefits of building a holistic, living system, but the vast majority of folks do not. We need to enroll them in this kind of restorative agricultural agenda before the wider world flushes the toilet. Then we’ll see.

 

*In Australia this can be obtained by contacting Biodynamic Agriculture Australia (BAA), +61 (0)2 6655 0566. In New Zealand go to BD Max, which sells an even easier to use homeopathic complex under the name Etherics 1000. Quantum Agriculture also is preparing to market a homeopathic 8x version of all the preps called Ecology Activator. Other sources of biodynamic preparations exist elsewhere throughout the world.

Hugh Lovel is a farmer, scientist and teacher of Quantum Agriculture. Author of A Biodynamic Farm and Quantum Agriculture, his articles appear in ACRES, Australia and News Leaf, the Journal of Biodynamic Agriculture Australia (BAA). When in Australia he and his wife, Shabari Bird, reside in Wiangaree, NSW and can be reached at 02 6636 2274.

 

 

Tesla Technolgy by Guy Oblensky

A note from Shabari Bird.

Guy was a close personal friend for over twenty years. We lived 20 miles rom him in Orange County, NY. Guy was one of my late husband’ Christopher Bird’s best men in our wedding. He also traveled with Chris , myself and my son Gabriel Cymerman Bird to visit with Gastone Naessan in Canada.

HIGH ENERGY PULSED E.M.F TESLATRON
Amplifying the time wave for powerful restorative qualities for the body/mind/bio-field
AN EXPLANATION OF THE MECHANISM BY WHICH IT WORKS
© by Guy Oblensky
We live in an age that seems defined by electronics, with ever more
sophisticated uses of electricity and electronic devices in applications that
bring us enormous economic and lifestyle benefits. Yet, in that most vital
area of all for humanity, the field of health, the application of electricity has
been more limited than the potential identified for it by scientists at the very
dawn of modern electronics more than a century ago. To be sure, electronic
devices are widely used today in medicine, but almost solely for diagnosis. In
particular, mainstream physicians have yet to take up and build upon the
promise of electro-medicine as a powerful healing medium. That promise
was surfaced explicitly during the industrial revolution by an electronic wizard
of that age, Nicola Tesla. Despite Tesla’s work in this area and even earlier,
indeed ancient, successful uses of electronic and magnetic therapies,
conventional medicine still employs almost exclusively chemical,
biochemical, and mechanical remedies for injury and disease. Therapeutic
electro-medicine has been totally ignored except by a few maverick scientists
and physicians who have proposed, studied, and successfully practiced
electronic wave therapy and other electromagnetic treatments as healing
regimens.
Tesla’s contribution in the late 1890’s was profound.’ He hypothesized that
electronic waves produced by lightning discharges could have significant
benefits for human health. He developed the Tesla-coil and “magnifying
transmitter” to excite the atmosphere into producing the unique energy
structure of natural lightning; and, part showman, Tesla often engaged in
sensational personal demonstrations of electrical phenomena to illustrate his
ability to harness its energy safely. In a more advanced and important
refinement, Tesla constructed an impulse-stimulated magnifying coil system
with an elliptically shaped output terminal to selectively generate negative
ions, which he determined to be best suited for electrotherapy.
Unfortunately, as a private inventor who often had seen the benefits of his
earlier work, such as radio, co-opted by others, Tesla kept his negative-ion
device a closely guarded secret. However, he did clearly state two of its
effects in an early paper, High Frequency Oscillators for Electro-Therapeutic
and Other Purposes, presented at the 1898 annual meeting of the American
Electro-Therapeutic Association, in Buffalo, NY:
“When a person is subjected to the action of such a [magnifying] coil, the
proper adjustments being carefully observed, luminous [blue light] streams
are seen in the dark issuing from all parts of the body… Soon after the person
perspires freely.”
Tesla maintained that these blue light streams and radio frequency (RF)
electronic wave therapy in general could, in principle, make it possible to
minimize aging and disease.
A decade or so later Georges Lakhovsky, a Russian physicist living in
France, employed Tesla-coil electrotherapy in successful treatments of plants
and patients with cancers. With some assistance from Tesla’s publications,
Lakhovsky designed and manufactured his own multi-wave ‘Tesla coils” and,
by 1925, wrote one of the first books on this subject: The Secret of Life. Its
third edition cites numerous case studies in Italian, French, English and
American hospitals.
About this time, another important, though seemingly unrelated, advance was
the pioneering work in cell biology of the Russian histologist, Dr. Alexander
Gurwitsch. In the early 1920s, Gurwitsch discovered the “mitogenic” wave
communication of vital information exchanged between living- cells with
biophotons.2 Gurwitsch coined the term mitogenic, using as root-words
“mitos,” meaning thread, and “genic,” meaning caused by a gene, to identify
the vital nature of these inter-cell communications. His experiments showed
that ordinary (non-quartz) glass could prevent living cells from exchanging
such vital information, explaining the later remarkable success of Dr.
Raymond Rife’s tuned-light, biophoton approach to electro medicine,
described below.
In 1932, Tesla’s noninvasive electrotherapy was publicly acclaimed before
the American Congress of Physical Therapy. At a 1932 New York City
seminar, Dr. Gustave Kolischer announced:
“Tesla’s high-frequency electrical currents are bringing about highly beneficial
results in dealing with cancer, surpassing anything that could be
accomplished with ordinary surgery.
Foot note”3
Not long after this, Dr. Royal Raymond Rife, a research physician at the
University of California at Riverside in the 1930’s, took up the clinical torch.
Claims by Lakhovsky and others of astounding medical cures attributable to
Tesla’s noninvasive electrotherapy intrigued Rife. As a physician and
scientist, Rife reasoned that specific disease pathogens could be identified
by their unique resonant response to a variable-wavelength light source. To
test this thesis, he invented a device he called the “Universal Microscope,”
which itself provided insight as to the central role of the light spectrum of
electromagnetic energy in living tissues and disease. He used this device to
conduct microscopic studies of a patient’s living blood and or diseased tissue
cultures, before and after treatment. The 1944 Annual Report of the
Smithsonian Institution published a brief description of how Rife’s Universal
Microscope worked:
“Between the source of light and the specimen are subtended two circular,
wedge-shaped, block crystal quartz prisms for the purpose of polarizing the
light passing through the specimen, polarization being the practical
application of the theory that light waves vibrate in all planes perpendicular to
the direction in which they are propagated. …Now, when the portion of the
spectrum is reached in which both the organism and the color band vibrate in
exact accord, one with the other, a definite characteristic spectrum is emitted
by the organism. …The virus of the Bacillus thypous is always turquoise blue,
the Bacillus coil always mahogany colored, the Mycobacterium laprae always
a ruby shade, the filter-passing form or virus of tuberculosis is always
emerald green, the virus of cancer a purplish red, and so on.
Footnote ”4
Block-crystal quartz optics, pass wavelengths from infra-red to ultra-violet.
Shorter, blue wavelengths provided Rife’s Universal Microscope with
unprecedented 15,000x magnification, and with this instrument Rife was able
to study living blood and tissue samples (in vivo) to dynamically monitor a
patient’s diet, immune system health, and disease-response to noninvasive
electrotherapy. Once he proved his initial-thesis that disease pathogens
could be identified by their unique resonant—response to a specific
wavelength of visible light, Rife was lead to another critical insight. He knew
that Tesla’s RF wavelengths were too long to be visible, but the wave-shape
or energy form-factor exciting Rife’s blue (mercury-argon-plasma) lamp could
be made to visibly affect blood and tissue samples in vivo, given the
Universal Microscope’s phase-contrast and dark-field features using blue
plasma illumination. By simply modulating this blue-plasma lamp’s RF-wave
shape with an audio oscillator, Rife was able to study the plasma’s photonic
form-factor effect on living cells. Without dwelling here on the complex
technical details, we can summarize his results by saying that Rife found a
new way to study a diseased cell’s response to specific energy structures in
vivo, before prescribing the same RF energy form factor to excite similar
plasma lamps used for whole body irradiation in the clinical phase of his
work. The next step was described by the author, Barry Lines, as follows:
The first clinical work demonstrating the efficacy of Rife’s system in the
treatment of cancer was completed under the supervision of Milbank
Johnson, M.D., which was setup under a special Medical Research
Committee of the University of Southern California. 16 cases were treated at
the clinic for many types of malignancy. After 3 months, 14 of these so-called
hopeless cases were signed off as clinically cured by the staff of five medical
doctors and Dr. Alvin G. Foord M.D. Pathologist for the group.
Footnote 5
Unfortunately, the report issued by this committee, has gone missing.
Footnote 6
In the 1940s, a controversial biochemist and psychologist, Wilhelm Reich
found faint blue light around living blood cells in his microscope, and termed
it orgone energy.’ According to Reich, orgone is a form of life-energy at work
within living organisms, expressing itself as emotion and sexuality, but also
directly observable in the microscope as a bluish-glowing field around living
blood cells and other substances. This bluish-glowing energy was later
observed by Reich as a blue glowing aura-like phenomenon around
organisms, trees and even mountain ranges. He also asserted that blue
orgone exists in a free form within the atmosphere, and Reich wrote about an
“envelope” of blue-glowing energy surrounding the Earth long before the first
satellite photos confirmed it. Reich was pursued by the FDA for operating his
“orgone accelerators” without approval and spent the last year of his life in
prison.
Dr. Robert 0. Becker was another pioneer of more recent vintage. An
orthopedic surgeon with the Veteran’s Administration, Becker developed his
ideas largely on his own and compiled a compelling body of research under
government grants, including an electronic explanation of the efficacy of
acupuncture and theories about the likely importance of the Earth’s magnetic
resonance for human health. Becker was twice nominated for the Nobel
Prize. However, funding for his research dried up when it threatened
established norms, and Becker retired early in 1980. Also, for reasons that
are hard to explain beyond simple inertia, the opposition of conventional
wisdom, or perhaps even the influence of that formidable force, the drug
industry, Becker’s extensive body of work and publications in peer-reviewed
professional journals have been largely ignored among conventional
physicians and medical researchers.
Note 8
Despite such lost opportunities, there have been further remarkable
advances in recent years, some of which give important new clues as to
exactly how electrotherapy benefits the body. As described in the next
several paragraphs, discoveries involving electronic wave-particle (photonic)
multiplication through parametric amplification have made it possible now to
amplify, and so measure, the extremely weak biophoton wave-particles
emitted by all living cells.
Footnotes 9’10
By the 1950s the broader scientific world was experiencing a revolution.
Advances in quantum mechanics and the seemingly unrelated field of radio
astronomy began to remove some of the conceptual barriers that impeded
understanding and acceptance of earlier electrotherapeutic discoveries. In
one account of new insights from these advances it was declared that:
“Each human being is an emitter of radio waves, a living broadcasting station
of exceedingly low power. The stomach wall sends out not only infra-red heat
waves but the entire spectrum of light – ultraviolet rays, X-rays, radio waves
and so on. Of course, all these radiations are fantastically weak and the radio
waves are among the weakest. But the fifty-foot aerial of the Naval Research
Laboratory in Washington, the most accurately built aerial in existence, could
pick up radio signals coming from your stomach more than four miles away.”
By the early 1970’s, the esteemed biochemist Dr. Fritz-Albert Popp12 was
able to use this advance in parametric amplification from radio astronomy to
measure mitogenic waves eminating from the seedlings of various plants. His
study revealed that mitogenic plant communication appears in the red- togreen wavelengths and has illumination intensities as low as a few tens of
photons per second per square centimeter. Popp went on to show that given
the highly variable loss of its cells, the human body could only remain in
balance through mitogenic communication among its cells on the time scale
in which atomic electrons change orbit to emit an information carrying
photon. He found that, although our body appears to us to possess a welldefined material nature that changes very slowly, on the atomic level we are
changing every microsecond. The majority of our living cells are constantly
dying and being replaced. For example the pancreas will reproduce most of
its cells daily, and cells of the stomach lining are renewed every three days.
White blood cells are renewed every ten days and cells of the skin are
renewed every four weeks. In total, our bodies essentially renew themselves
completely every four years.
Dr. Popp’s published works support his thesis that mitogenic luminescence
(which he called biophoton emission) is an essential component of the life
process itself. He extended the theory that the body’s DNA code directs the
organization of living structures to include the body’s overall electromagnetic
field as a vehicle for instructions. This presupposes global communication
among all the atoms in all of the molecules that together govern the form,
function and growth of the whole being. Popp demonstrated the biophoton
nature of this mitogenic-wave communication with an ingenious experiment
using two quartz test tubes containing live pig blood:
An agent was added to one of the test tubes, and, as one would expect, the
blood reacted by producing antibodies. Meanwhile, although no agent was
added to the second quartz tube, the blood in it also produced antibodies,
and these were antibodies identical to those produced by the blood in the first
tube, showing that biophoton emissions from a living cell’s atomic electron’s
orbital-transition can initiate biochemical processes needed to preserve life.
To confirm the necessary role of biophotons, this experiment was repeated
with a lightproof bather inserted between the two quartz test tubes. The
interference of a mitogenic-wave barrier prevented antibody information from
being communicated to the second quartz tube.
In the late 1970’s, Alexis Guy Obolensky published a paper describing his
discovery of autoparametric force amplification by stimulated energy
resonance (FASER), as it applied to electronic plasma lighting.’ This was
followed in 1982 with a paper on the underlying technology for FASER
Footnote 14
and superluminal demonstrations of Tesla’s adiabatic-entropy discovery.
Footnotes 15.16.17
Subsequently, Obolensky received a grant to investigate superluminalenergy technology for use in electromedicine applications.
Through the work that followed, Obolensky found that Tesla’s magnifying
transmitter could be operated as an impulse modulated negative-ion
generator and as such its microwave near-field could make visible the
“luminous streams” of faint bluish light first described by Tesla in connection
with one of his later electrotherapeutic systems. Obolensky confirmed Tesla’s
finding that: “luminous streams are seen in the dark issuing from all parts of
the body.” Obolensky attributed this phenomenon to parametric interaction
between the transmitter waves and the body’s own electromagnetic field or
aura. He found that to achieve this result, the subject must be well insulated
from ground to achieve electrostatic equilibrium with the transmitter’s
elliptical-electrode dome, said dome being a critical element of Tesla’s
transmitter.
Obolensky observed that in a dark setting this faint bluish light issues only
from one the subject’s wounded or diseased tissue, if there is any, and two
the subject’s stimulated acupuncture points. Thus, one of the key potential
applications of the transmitter is diagnostic. Then, for troubled subjects, over
repeated periods of exposure the beams cease to appear from problem
areas as the subject’s tissue is returned to health by the electronic therapy.
He has conjectured that, unlike the robust ~430 nm plasma light employed by
Rife, Tesla’s “luminous streams” appear to arise from ‘force magnifying” of
the body’s own mitogenic biophotons.
We have a picture shows an atomic model of a portion of a cell membrane
with many thousands of tendrils that collectively vibrate in a torsional, Frolich
resonance, mode)8 The picture was constructed to illustrate the connection
between the action of these tendrils and Tesla’s luminous streams of bluish
light when Tesla’s superluminal, longitudinal mode spin-waves’9 interact with
and amplify the body’s unique cell water, torsional hydrogen-bond vibration,
thereby enhancing the influence of normal whole-body mitogenic biophotons.
In the terminology of modem quantum mechanics, disease and aging can be
described as a process of entropy, and electrotherapy based on biophoton
phase-conjugate amplification20 can be said to effectively reduce a subject’s
cellular entropy, creating a more or less adiabatic state.21 At a deeper level,
Obolensky believes that this class of electrotherapy may involve an activation
of atomic memory.22 Though there is no simple way to relate entropy
reversal to cellular atomic-memory, it makes sense that atomic memory, like
the molecular memory imbedded in an uncoiled spring, could provide a
model for entropy negation, and consequently, cellular regeneration. (We
have provided in an Appendix to this report a brief discussion of atomic
memory from a paper in Scientific American by Richard Brewer and Erwin
Hahn.)
To summarize what we have covered thus far: Results obtained by Tesla,
Lakhovsky, Rife, and Obolensky, among others, show that virulent cancer
and other diseases can be cured by electronic wave therapy, and without any
evidence of the slightest detriment to healthy cells. Studies published by
Gurwitsch, Popp, Frolich and many others support the Obolensky hypothesis
which suggests that the healing of disease is attributable to the reversal of
entropy in affected cells through biophotonics, and is achieved specifically by
autoparametric, phase-conjugate amplification of life-saving emissions of
mitogenic biophotons.
Further results from these studies show that when a wavelength is either
doubled or halved, with respect to frequency (i.e., the accelerated or
retarded light velocity) in the parametric medium, and the energy is changed
by even (as opposed to odd) harmonic intervals, entropy gain can be
canceled by phase conjugation in an energy-density dependent medium—a
result that can be called time-reversed light?
Note 23
So, at the most fundamental level, the process by which advanced
electromedicine works involves a jump past the speed of light to induce timereversal in the sense of reversing the direction of entropy flow. How can this
be? Time reversal seems- not only to contradict our rational perspective of
the world as we know it, such a concept flies in the face of the second law of
thermodynamics, not to mention Einstein’s special theory of relativity which
declares the speed of light to be both invariant and an insurmountable speed
barrier for virtually all phenomena. Our common-sense rejection of this
contradiction can be overcome easily, however, when we realize that our
reference to time-reversal does not mean a reversal of history, but a reversal
of the time-dependent process called entropy production?’ if we could
automatically put spilled milk back in its bottle, it would not erase the milk
having been spilled. It would just time-reverse the effects associated with that
event, like playing a motion picture of the event backwards. Given that atomic
memory exists, the effect of history, like a motion picture film, is reversible by
invoking that memory. The analogy applies to disease and aging.
With regard to Einstein’s special theory of relativity, there appears to be a
direct conflict because it is widely believed that established theory requires
an invariant light velocity, the constant “c,” and denies the possibility of a
disconnection between a wave’s length and its frequency—something
Obolensky and others routinely accomplish to effect time-reversed light
where the entropy flow becomes negative. Clearly though, Einstein’s theory
is truly special because it only applies to the conditions of empty space, and
by definition, empty space cannot be filled with an energy-density dependant,
parametric medium. Whereas, the atmosphere connecting the earth and
ionosphere is energy-density dependant, clearly negating a critical condition
for special relativity and equilibrium thermodynamics. Relatedly, Prigogine
showed, and won the 1977 Nobel Prize for chemistry for showing,
Note 25
that biological structures can overcome the so-called fatal second law of
thermodynamics by staying far from thermodynamic equilibrium to sustain
life, such a condition (far-from- thermodynamic-equilibrium) being the
dominant state of nature. Prigogine’s far-from-equilibrium, entropy-flow
equations treat time as a commuting-mathematical operator, not the
classical, mathematically commuting parameter, assumed so dogmatically in
accepted teaching. In summary, his recognition that true equations involving
duration must express time as a non-commuting operator, not a linear
parameter, provides quantum biology with the required theoretical foundation
for entropy- reduction through phase-conjugate amplification of the body’s
mitogenic biophotons.
This proposition that time-reversing, variant light speed is the key to
understanding advanced electromedicine is well supported by biophotonics.
Tesla himself provided an illuminating observation regarding the earthgrounded magnifying transmitter’s evanescent
Note 26
surface wave: “The wave starts with a theoretically infinite speed, slowing
down first very quickly and afterwards at a lesser rate.” An invariant light
speed would lock the frequency of light to its wavelength. The measured
speed of light is ~30 billion cm/sec at thermodynamic equilibrium, so in the
English system this so-called invariant velocity is ~one foot per nanosecond.
Einstein may have sensed that his perfect-vacuum, thermodynamicequilibrium caveat was critical and so named his hypothesis the special
theory of relativity, tacitly implying that the proposition is not universally
relevant. If so, the rest of the scientific community has totally missed the
point. 27 As a result of Einstein’s stature and the convenience of his
conclusions, the general applicability of the invariance of the speed of light
has held a prodigious grip on prevailing wisdom for many decades; it has
taken nearly eighty years after Tesla’s published findings for science to begin
to recognize the possibility of a faster-than-light paradigm.
Note 28
Given the formidable barriers of received doctrine, well entrenched vested
interests, and the subtleness of the mechanism by which electronic wave
therapy actually works, it may not be surprising that this approach remains a
tool still well outside the mainstream of medicine. Still, as described in this
report, progress has continued and some barriers have fallen. With the agedistribution of the world’s population advancing rapidly, rising medical costs
engulfing personal and national budgets, and the advances that have been
made in the understanding of quanta phenomena, the time may be at hand
soon for electromedicine to become less of a fringe area for research and to
enter into at least some conventional, if not widespread, use for both
diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.

The Discovery of Horn Clay and Biodynamics

The Discovery of Horn Clay and Biodynamics

By Hugh Lovel

 

With thousands of lectures and uncounted insights Rudolf

Steiner launched anthroposophy as a study of human wisdom. With

extraordinary learning in both the classics and modern science, Steiner

combined his immense erudition with innate clear seeing gifts to forge a

vision of the world that at once was both spiritual and scientific.

This was an awesome, overwhelming act for others to follow. To date it

would be hard to find a more thoroughgoing response to the need for a

scientific world view with soul, purpose and wisdom.

Unfortunately, it is characteristic of such figures and

movements that a core of orthodox adherents develops which ossifies into

a cult of true believers unable to think for themselves, dependent upon

quotation from scriptures. Biodynamic agriculture, which grew out of

Rudolf Steiner¹s work, has not escaped some measure of this. For one

thing Steiner’s insights, even though more than 75 years old, are still

ahead of our universities.

In lecture two of his agriculture course, Steiner touched on

the importance of clay as a mediator between the lime and silica poles

of nature. He emphasized clay’s primary role in conducting the silica

forces, which develop deep within the earth, upward for plant

development towards fruit and seed. No matter how else clay is described

or what we do to make it fertile–all is of secondary importance. The

important thing is clay promotes the upward stream associated with

silica.

Needless to say this is revolutionary thinking. Soil testing

only measures the extent clay acts as a reservoir of nutrients. After

testing the soil, we may apply lime and other nutrients, but the key

question really is how to move these nutrients upward to the fruit. What

moves the nutrients is the silica stream, with clay as the conductor.

Reading Steiner’s agriculture shows he had encyclopaedic

knowledge and insight to share–with very limited time to share them. He

could only hit the high spots, going on to the next insight and the

next.

He said in lecture two that later he would give recommendations

for treating clay to better conduct the growth forces welling out of the

earth. However, later he failed to do so.

We know he meant to give a second agriculture course, but he

fell ill and died without doing this. So for 75 years biodynamic

agriculture proceeded with horn manure (BD 500) and horn silica (BD 501)

but no horn clay. Steiner didn’t give enough indications, so who knew

how to pack the horns or use the finished horn clay? Characteristic of

the paralysis of true believer cults, little was done by experiment.

With changing a light bulb, it is clear that a minimum of one,

though possibly under some conditions more, persons are necessary. And

experiments could determine how many are required under what conditions.

With making and using horn clay things are similarly clear cut.

Experiments could have proceeded at any time. Now after 75 years they

have. The results are most interesting.

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“Let me remark here that if we are dealing with a soil that does not

carry these influences upward during the winter as it should, it is good

to furnish that soil with some clay, the dosage of which I will indicate

later.”

–Rudolf Steiner

 

 

The Discovery of Biodynamic Horn Clay

 

By Hugh Lovel

 

 

My first experience with biodynamic horn clay was at Michael Topolos’

winery in Forestville, California. This merlot vineyard adjoined a busy

two lane highway, with pollution near the road. WE applied

Horn clay here as part of a back-to-back sequence of all of the BD

preps, and a belt of selected plants were established at the boundary by

the road.

More than twenty years of biodynamics makes me aware of subtle

nuances. What I perceived at the roadside was gas, oil, rubber and

asbestos. What I perceived stepping down into the vineyard below the

road was soil, foliage and ripe grapes. Just a couple steps made a

remarkable difference. Up on the road I could see in my mind’s eye a

protective membrane enveloping the vineyard. The difference between

being within this membrane and being outside was like the difference

between life and death.

The horn clay created a dome, like a plastic greenhouse

covering, which enveloped the entire vineyard and protected its

biodynamic energies. All of the BD preps held together and worked in

concert. Though this vineyard was only a few years biodynamic, this was

best interaction of the preps I had ever seen including that on my own

farm.

 

From then on I knew I must investigate horn clay beyond my

philosophical discussions with Hugh Courtney and Harvey Lisle.

We took the contemplation of horn clay into use.

With horn manure and horn silica we only

had the up and down forces with no middle, no coordination holding

things together. Clay is that glue. With horn clay plants not only work

into the atmosphere–they are held there to fruit and ripen. Moreover,

with horn clay the soil is stimulated to better receive what works back

innto it when digestion occurs.

 

*****

 

Horn clay goes to the very basis of how and why biodynamics

works. Back when Rudolf Steiner gave his agricultural lectures in 1924

he emphasized the importance of clay as conducting the silica factor

welling up from deep within the earth. This silica factor builds up over

the winter and causes plants to grow strongly in spring. Unfortunately

in his agriculture , despite his promise, Steiner failed to indicate how

the soil should be dosed in regard to clay. When talking about making

the horn silica he mentioned the horn cavity probably should be capped

off with a plug of clay to seal it. Those who worked with him in

Switzerland were taught to make both horn manure and horn silica with a

clay plug sealing the open end. However, since Steiner was not explicit

in his agriculture course that this clay should be incorporated in the

finished horn preparations it became common practice to unearth the

horns, take out the clay and throw it away and use the horn manure and

horn silica without any clay admixture.

The idea of making horn clay was part of biodynamics from the

beginning. In this regard Walter Stappung¹s booklet Die

Dünger-Präparate, published in Switzerland in 2000, cites Voegele

(1926), Lippert (1938) Remer (1980) and Willis (1999). We got the idea of making horn clay from a lecture delivered almost a decade earlier by Gunter Hauk. When asking

Gunter how to make the horn clay the response was ³No one knows. Steiner

didn¹t give any indications.² However, in the process of making

biodynamics work so that it made farms self-sufficient and addressed all

issues of agricultural importance as Steiner clearly intended it to

Willis found he had to make horn clay. Horn clay goes to the basis of

how and why biodynamics works.

 

Silica

 

Geologists know that silica cooks up out of the Earth’s mantle.

High mountains are thrust up by the rising silica forces within the

earth. In fact it is only through the uplifting, vertical forces of

silica that such heavy elements as gold, silver, platinum, lead and

uranium are brought to the surface. In plants the silica forces work on

the vertical axis driving plants toward fruit and seed. It is through

the uplifting activity of silica that the lime elements such as calcium

are carried up into leaf, fruit and seed. Steiner pointed out that the

outer planets, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, work upward toward fruit and

ripening through the siliceous substanses of the Earth.

However, the silica forces do not move upward into plants very

well without clay as clay governs the ebb and flow of sap within the

plant. This is why tomatoes do best in clay soils while potatoes produce

better in sandy soils. With tomatoes the silica forces must rise very

high in the plant, while with potatoes it is better if this does not

occur. In sandy soils where clay doesn’t convey the silica forces so

strongly toward fruit and seed potatoes won¹t waste their energies on

flower and fruit. Instead the silica forces stay below the surface where

potatoes form.  For some other examples, Georgia peanuts and

soybeans do ever so well on heavy red clays near Columbus while

onions do much better in lighter soils near Vidalia. There are many

corollaries to this.

 

Lime

 

As the Sun evolved from a new star to its present form it

converted hydrogen and helium into denser elements. These denser

elements often are ejected from the Sun as ionized plumes called solar

prominances or coronal discharges. When these ions strike the Earth’s

magnetic field they stream in over the poles causing the northern and

southern lights.

Earlier in the Sun’s evolution much carbon was given off. In

later ages there have been more heavier elements like magnesium,

calcium, iron and copper. This is why so many coal deposits are

overlayed with limestone. Our planet has long collected material from

the Sun, laying it down horizontally as sediments. Just as silica

carries vertical forces, lime carries horizontal forces. Every housewife

knows that dust accumulates in her closets, but how much more dust

settles in open fields?

The significance of lime working horizontally is that it fills

things out. So it is of great importance in leaves which spread out

horizontally and catch sunlight. It also is lime that fills out the

apple, grape or watermelon and makes them juicy and fat. And it is lime

that gives legumes like beans or alfalfa the ability to draw nitrogen

from its dead form as an inert gas in the air into the life of the soil.

 

Clay

 

On the periodic table of the elements berylium, magnesium,

calcium and strontium are group II, alkaline substances which grasp and

hold other elements. On the other hand carbon, silicon and germanium are

group IV substances which are very free in their chemical nature. In

between  groups II and IV are the group III elements of boron, aluminum

and galium. These are the mediators as they both give and take. Clay

basically is aluminum silicates, though, of course, clays can contain a

wide variety of other minerals. Clay is plastic, absorbant, holds and

releases water extremely well and is easily molded into various forms.

According to ancient wisdom man is made of clay, and clay relates to the

heart and circulation, as well as the feelings and emotions which bridge

between the brain and the guts, the thinking and willing parts of the

human being.

 

Oxygen

 

Taken by themselves chemical elements in their pure states are

lifeless. This is even true of oxygen, the carrier of life. Diatomic

oxygen gas in the atmosphere is lifeless. But when oxygen combines with

other elements life comes into the picture. Thus in their pure states

calcium and magnesium or carbon and silicon are lifeless. But their

oxides, lime, silica or carbon dioxide provide the basis for life as we

know it.

This is just as true for aluminum, which mediates between lime

and silica. Pure aluminum is lifeless. But its oxide, alumina, forms the

basis for clay and in combination with silica is clay. As such alumina

directly channels the expansive, cosmic, formative, life giving forces

of silica into interaction with lime and all the interplay going on

between the lime and silica. Not that there is much aluminum in our

bodies or in plants. There¹s only a small amount. But it is no accident

that the Bible identifies man as “made of clay.” Truly it is clay that

holds us together, receiving and retaining the forces of order, form and

energy that give us life.

 

How BD Works

 

Applying the BD preps establishes patterns that organize the

energies and substances in nature. The patterns of light and warmth

associated with silica bring about photosynthesis, blossoming, fruiting

and ripening in the atmosphere where the elements of air and fire are

organized in plants. The patterns of tone and life associated with lime

bring about digestion and nourishment in the soil where the elements of

water and earth are organized by the soil food web. In between these are

the ebb and flow of sap in plants that brings sugars down from above to

the roots and brings nutrients back up from the soil.

The biodynamic practice of burying cow horns with quartz

powder, cow manure and bentonite in them focuses the cosmic pattern

energies on the materials in the horns and the material within the horn

cavity resonates (inaudibly) like a bell ringing. Ever hold a conch

shell to your ear and hear the roar within? The cow horn does something

similar though it resonates to the cosmos rather than just to the sea.

This imparts a tremendous pattern force to the horn preparations. Then

when these preparations are stirred and sprayed the droplets act as

seeds to establish resonant patterns that, in the case of horn silica

enhance photosynthesis and ripening, in the case of horn manure enhance

digestion and nourishment, and in the case of horn clay enhance the ebb

and flow of sap within the plant.

 

What Horn Clay Does

 

It doesn¹t do all that much good to enhance photosynthesis,

fruiting and ripening in the above ground part of the plant and boost

the digestive and nutritive activities in the soil at the plant¹s roots

if there is insufficient give and take occurring between these two

polarities. By itself horn clay doesn¹t do so much. But used in

conjunction with horn quartz and horn manure it works as follows.

As its first activity horn quartz enhances photosynthesis, the

manufacture of sugars which powers all the complex chemistry in the

leaf. The horn manure yields a rich and active soil food web. Yet it is

the horn clay that is so key in boosting the ebb and flow of the plant¹s

sap resulting in a lively exchange between roots and tops. When the sap

in the plant ebbs into the roots sugars and other compounds are exuded

into the soil near the plant¹s feeder roots. This provides energy for

the mycorhyzae, azotobacters and other soil food web organisms so that

nitrogen is fixed and nutrients are elaborated from the soil. As the sap

is sucked back up into the plant and flows back to the growing tips

these nutrients are taken up in abundance.

Perhaps the most important aspect of this relates to the most

mobile nutrient of all, nitrogen. When nitrogen is supplied from

external sources it will be available to plants as salts, whether these

are oxidized to the nitrates, reduced to ammonia or in some intermediary

state such as urea. Nitrogen salts are very soluble and mobile and they

are taken up very readily by plants. If they are abundant they depress

nitrogen fixation by microorganisms and are taken up by plants to

exclusion of more complex nitrogen compounds such as amino acids. This

results in salty, watery protoplasm in the leaves and growing tips and

the plant must expend considerable energy in elaborating these nitrogen

salts into proteins and into its DNA. This can never produce a plant

that fulfills its genetic potential.

However, if the plant is sending sugars to its roots and

feeding azotobacters which are fixing atmospheric nitrogen the plant

gets its nitrogen requirement in the form of amino acids rather than

nitrogen salts. These are assembled without further ado into proteins

and the plant can manifest the full complexity of its genetic templates

so that its cells are turgid, cell structure is dense, brix is high,

protein is high and flavors are out the roof. Then all the toxic rescue

chemistry becomes superfluous if not damaging, weeds lose out in the

race to keep up with larger seeded robust crops, insects and diseases

fall by the wayside and the bottom line is NO FERTILIZER COSTS.

The results obtained with a BD program using horn clay are best

when NO salt fertilizers whatsoever are used, and especially no salt

nitrogen. Compost applications at modest levels may be advisable,

especially on land where silage or hay is cut and the growth is removed.

However, heavy applications of compost are inadvisable because the

nitrogen compounds in the compost will oxidize to the nitrates and

having nitrogen salts present in the soil dilutes the plant¹s sap and

makes its protoplasm salty and watery. The key is to get the exchange

going between sugars from the leaves and amino acids from the soil so

that the plant maxes out and high yields of the finest quality are

obtained.

 

Doing Horn Clay

 

Builder¹s supply stores commonly sell sodium bentonite clay,

which is cheap and makes a very good horn clay. Other clays will do and

some may be particularly superb, but bentonite is one of the classic

clays with good water absorption and release and a good cation exchange

capacity. Getting cow horns may be more of a problem, but if you know of

folks in the slaughter business these too can be obtained. The best

horns are from mature cows living on free range that have had several

calves. It is important that the horns have heavy weight compared to

their volume, because such horns have a stronger resonance or better

³ring.²

Ideally horn clay should span the entire year in the horn, both

summer and winter. Clay functions differently in summer than in winter

and both the ebb and flow functions should be present. This means one

can bury horns filled with (moisten first) bentonite at the spring

equinox and unearth them after the following spring equinox. Or one can

bury them at the fall equinox and go all the way until the following

fall equinox passes. But in case one has the basic patterns of full year

horn clay and one wants to emphasize either just the summer or just the

winter patterns one can bury horns filled with clay from spring equinox

to fall equinox (summer horn clay) or bury them from fall equinox to

spring equinox (winter horn clay).

Application by stirring and spraying can cover 15 or 16 acres

per barrel full. With a stirring rod suspended from a tripod one gets

the water in the barrel moving in one direction, builds it up, puts a

lot of energy into it, gets the vortex really whirling and draws the

stirring rod in to center where it spins up with increased angular

momentum as it nears the axis. And then. . . at the center it comes to

rest with the whole barrel of solution spinning round it. You can see

the etheric vortex lines cut across with the counter vortex lines of

laminate water layers. These vortex/counter-vortex lines form a pattern

like a great sunflower, such as Van Gogh painted so often.

Each cycle grows, matures, senesces and is swept away.

The stirrer takes the pole back out of center, enters in the

vortex in the counter fashion, and disrupts the dying cyclone into

seething . . .chaos . . .Then winds into a new vortex–stoking it with

energy and building to crescendo once again. Generation after generation

goes the dance of life. Vortex/counter-vortex, leading, building,

evolving inexorably to a universe of higher orderedness.

Then the spray is filtered and applied with a spray rig. Horn

quartz is sprayed in the early morning as a mist into the atmosphere. It

is supposed to evaporate upwards into the atmosphere. Horn manure is

sprayed on the soil in late afternoon in very large droplets. It is

supposed to sink in, and if one can disc it in or plow it down it seems

to work better. With horn clay one wants a moderately fine spray in the

afternoon to cover the surface of the soil or the lower trunks of trees

so as to form a skin or diaphragm at the surface to mediate between the

dynamic patterns of the atmosphere and the soil.

 

 

 

Life Processes Through the elements Warmth, Light

  1. The sulphur warmth process–Ever at work at the surfaces of things, sulphur, as sulphate, infiltrates the interstices between the soil’s colloidal particles and exposes their surfaces. In short, sulphur is the ‘open sesame’ to the soil’s mineral storehouse.

 

  1. The silica light process–Always at work in the boundaries, silicon, along with light, is of key importance for containment and transport. In fibrous tissues, particularly in plant stems, this silica process forms the linings of capillary vessels, and these transport vessels do double duty as connective tissues—for example, in the stems of fruits.

 

  1. 3. The carbon photosynthesis process–In the leaf the magnesium/chlorophyll complex that catches light is stationary, though it vibrates like a tuning fork. Via phosphorous, it sends the energy it captures to where water and carbon dioxide combine to make sugar and release oxygen. The rate of photosynthesis is determined by the transport speed of the energy boosted phosphorous, as well as the transport of sugars once they are made. The reason why brix readings for C4 grasses like sugar cane, maize or sorghum are taken from the bases of leaves or stems rather than from leaf panels is these plants rapidly move sugars away from where they are made.

 

  1. The boron root exudation process–When boron is sufficient and the uptake of water and nutrients from the soil is strong, photosynthesis will be productive, and root exudation will feed nitrogen fixation and nitrate reduction.

 

  1. The molybdenum amino acid ( nitrogen fixation and nitrate reduction) process—In this process microbes uses root exudates along with molybdenum to fix nitrogen. They require roughly 10 units of carbohydrates to fix one unit of amino acid.

 

  1. The lime digestion process–Soil animal life, starting with protozoa, provide the daily digestion and release of fresh amino acids that makes this process efficient. This is a lime process that feeds amino acids and minerals back to the plant so it can capture energy, etc.

 

  1. Return to the silica light process– The overall process is one of taking up amino acids and minerals from the soil so the carbon process in the leaves can capture energy and make carbohydrates for growth. This feeds root exudates to soil microbes which require molybdenum to fix nitrogen and thus to feed protozoal digestion. The nitrogen soil process requires roughly 10 units of carbohydrates to fix one unit of amino acid. Working properly, this feeds amino acids and minerals back to the plant so it can capture energy, etc. The dynamic interplay between what goes on below ground and what goes on above depends on boosting each activity at the right times, morning and evening—as if we were pumping our farms or gardens up on a swing set.

Finest Wool on the Planet

In 1987 my late husband, Christopher Bird, whose passion was bringing frontier science to the fore, travelled for months in Australia researching for his book “Secrets of the Soil” which he co-authored with Peter Tomkins. This led him to a deeper understanding of Biodynamic Agriculture. Also in 1969 and again in 1987 Chris interviewed scientist/inventor T. Galin Hieronymus for his chapter entitled “Cosmiculture”.

            I’m personally dedicated to the entire planet being covered with living soils in the next 200 years, which will require passionately inspired young blood. Since arriving in Melbourne on September third 2009 to partner with my former neighbour, Hugh Lovel,

I have been blessed to visit with Hugh’s clients on farms, livestock stations, biodynamic dairies, vineyards, orchards and vegetable operations, all of which have opted for a new approach to agriculture that we call Quantum Agriculture. It is exciting seeing these ideas, based on biodynamics and the quantum nature of reality, put to use, and Australian farmers seem to be leading the way. –Shabari Bird, 22-11-2009

 

When interviewing farmers and station owners I ask who is going take over your operation when you retire? Ninety percent have no answer. I see the dearth of passionate and dedicated new farmers as a greater issue for the planet than the short-sighted exploitations of corporate chemical agriculture.

 

A Case In Point

 

When Hugh and I first drove into Kyabra Station near Kentucky, NSW on an early spring day, I was intrigued to see a cheerfully painted building with an amusing illustration of a ram lying in a lounge chair, wearing sunglasses and reading Playboy magazine. Above were the words, Ram Resort. Surely something different was occurring here.

We were warmly greeted and served a delicious lunch by Susan Lytton-Hitchins and her husband Michael; and within minutes in walked their son, Peter, manager of Kyabra and developer of the distinctive breed of sheep branded Coolmeina. A dynamic thirty year old who has passionately embraced cutting edge eco-agriculture, Peter grew up on his parent’s 1000 acre sheep station south of Sydney where, amongst other things, the family spent a decade stirring and spraying the Biodynamic Preparations.

At sixteen Peter met Dr. Jim Watts, whose unique breeding system kindled Peter’s personal ‘sheep quest’ and changed the course of his family’s enterprise. Peter wondered if they had a larger acreage and more sheep what could they genetically develop; and he spent several years researching and consulting with experts to create his future plan for a new breed of sheep.

Every animal has dominant and recessive genes, but for 200 years Australian sheep breeders have paid little attention. Dr. Watts’ approach takes time and a genetic pool of thousands of sheep. Peter’s family vigorously embraced Dr. Watt’s SRS (Soft Rolling Skin) method by purchasing a much larger station. This nature based approach requires understanding how Nature produces the animal and how the skin of the animal grows the fibre structure. Then it is possible to carefully select how fine your fibre will be.

To create the Coolmeina breed Peter included such natural factors as year round cover and rotational grazing, and the development of more than 250 carefully tended, ecologically sustainable paddocks for nutritional support. Peter spent a mere 12 years using a breeding pool of 85,000 sheep to create the Coolmeina breed. While wool is the oldest natural and sustainable fibre, working with nature at Kyabra Station they generated a new natural fibre that is so fine it is no longer called wool but is globally branded as Coolmeina. This breed is raised on open pastures, tenderly cared for and carefully rotated to provide an even plane of nutrition. Coolmeina fibre is so sensual against the skin that you think it is silk, while at the same time it has such stretchiness that it is in a class by itself, and the price received reflects the fact that this fibre is the finest (13.6 micron) in the world.

As Peter notes, the secret to success in agriculture is understanding nature instead of over-riding nature. Kyabra Station’s Coolmeina breed is extremely fertile and fast growing with particularly loose and non wrinkling skin structure, suited to low intensive farming. They eat less, produce less methane, eat a greater variety of forages and are easier on pasture. An added benefit of breeding an animal whose skin and fibre is very fast growing is the animal not only does not need mulesing—a barbaric mutilation that is being phased out all over Australia—it also does not need jetting, which is the external application of a liquid substance to kill parasites and deter infection by blow flies.  This is important since fly strike is the main cause of death in sheep.

 

The Ram Resort

 

One of the challenges in breeding a new animal is how to speed up the process. Peter did this through embryo transplant and artificial insemination, but he points out that you must work with nature and understands the animal’s natural cycles when approaching such a new method or technology. You can abuse technologies without understanding the power of nature and actually create huge negatives in your system. In this case working with nature involved observation of the merino breed. Although female sheep can be bred at any time, rams have several breeding cycles annually where the semen quality varies with the season. Some of the rams will have inferior semen during some of these cycles, and Peter and his team learned to collect the semen when a ram’s testosterone is at its highest and when the semen’s possibility of defective and inferior genes are lowest. A lot of this has to do with the quality of the environment, which should be as optimal as possible. To soak up the summer rain and yet thrive during drought and the extreme temperatures of the area at Kyabra Station they implemented a planned paddock and lane system where even a child could move the sheep with ease, and this gave rise to a deep rooted native pasture. In designing and achieving this high quality grazing system Peter was especially inspired by Allan Savory and Holistic Management International.

Peter pointed out that they keep everything as simple as they can to stimulate as much biological activity as possible. In their planned grazing system they prefer using animals instead of tractors. Instead of ploughing, their animals become the helpers that loosen and build the soil. Animals create the manure which supports both the flora and fauna of biologically active soils while sequestering carbon. Leaving the soil mostly undisturbed, with plant roots in place and stubble and crop litter on the surface allows soil micro-organisms to flourish. Then when these micro-organisms die, their decay creates carbon-rich humus that improves soil structure and water retention. This overthrows the assumption that animals degrade the soil. The rule is everything in balance. Obviously overgrazing can harm the soil, but plant growth must be digested to build soil.

People should give more consideration to what animals really add to the environment. If organic soil carbon were increased at the rate of one tonne per hectare per year over 30 million hectares, this would greatly contribute to carbon sequestration. Grazing animals can be a key part of the solution to global warming. One aspect of this is selective breeding, because individual animals vary significantly in their methane and fibre outputs. Another aspect is careful management of nutrition, since sheep and cattle produce less methane when grazing on good quality bio-diverse pastures. Over a period of a few decades, environmentally aware paddock management can probably restore or improve on the original soil carbon of most farm soils.

 

Energy in Agriculture

 

Peter calls his system natural biological farming. He recognizes the connection of all the creatures and their life force, the free nitrogen above and animal and microbial life in the soils and on the land—a concept compatible with their years of experience with biodynamic agriculture, which conceives of a farm as a living, self-contained entity with its own individual characteristics. In Peter’s system emphasis is placed on the integration of crops and livestock, recycling of nutrients, maintenance of soil, and the health and well being of crops and animals. The farmer too, along with his family life, is part of this whole.

In Peter’s opinion the success of every business depends on how well it uses its energy. Energy creates life and is in all things. On the one hand he feels the BD patterns give an energy boost to the soil, and on the other he is a fan of low cost and low input methods that give a significant kick to the system. Peter knew that they could not continue the practice of stirring and spraying the biodynamic preparations at Kyabra Station with its sixteen thousand acres. Moreover, Peter and his family found that stirring and spraying biodynamic preparations worked well where soils had moisture but not so well where rain fall is challenged.  After considerable investigation he believed that using Field Broadcasters could best fill this need. Thus to establish the homeopathic biodynamic energy patterns he installed three field broadcasters as a way to save money while more rapidly stimulating the energy of Kyabra Station’s paddocks.

 

Earth and Sky

 

Surely earthworms are the gate keepers of the soil. In addition, Peter has come to appreciate that there is a balance between the atmosphere and the soil. By stimulating the organizational patterns of the atmosphere with an Atmospheric Reorganizer, another of Hugh Lovel’s devices that utilize biodynamic preparations, he hopes to establish a better relationship between the soil and the atmosphere. Peter believes that a good farmer must work with the energies of the earth environment, both seen and unseen, and he finds the synergy of these Quantum Agriculture implements are compatible with all his other management tools.  Peter noted that Nature has loads of invisible presences and processes.

Because he increased his knowledge and wisdom through consultants like Allan Savory, Jim Watts, Graeme Sait and Hugh Lovel, he recommends that all young farmers bring in consultants in those areas where they need support. He also feels farmers should keep benchmarks so that each year they are able to refer to the data for that year. Thus he tasks helpers to record data, and he feels gratified that his ‘sheep quest’ has led him to using his management skills along with his inquiring mind to build a new approach to sheep grazing which includes teaching of the method.

 

In Summary

 

Peter’s passion for agriculture is the driving force behind Kyabra Station. He states “Tomorrow is about producing food, fibre and fuel for the future and simultaneously restoring the balance of nature and sustainable fertility of the soil. Young farmers have the possibility of great financial success in the future because of the mass desire for highly nutritious and densely organized plants which are sustainable.” Peter encourages other young farmers to create their plan now. “Agriculture is where we can improve the environment; agriculture will create the products that will fuel the world, build our homes, and anyone entering agriculture is in the most exciting industry for the future. Without agriculture life will not exist on our planet.”

Biodynamic Banana Culture

Biodynamic Banana Culture

Hugh Lovel

The first biodynamic banana farm I consulted for was in Innisfail, Far Northern Queensland in 2005. It was a bit upland on the coastal side of the Dividing Range with good rainfall and awesome red basalt soils. The grower showed me a picture from his first banana harvest 40 years previously where he and his brother cleared a few hectares of rainforest, burned the timber, spread the ashes and—something new after WW II—they fumigated the soil with methyl bromide and gave it a powerful blend of soluble NPK before planting. His picture showed a world record 314 pound bunch of bananas.  “And,” he said, “It went straight downhill from there. This time I thought I’d do something different.”

My mental image was one of all that biomass—living protoplasm—released all in one flush from a thriving rainforest soil. And then it became an ordinary banana plantation. By themselves, bananas only took up what they needed and the rest went to waste. Every ecosystem collapses when the diversity of organisms sharing essential jobs and processes is broken and lost. The result is a leaky bucket, and the life leaks away.

This grower cleared and planted his field in a legume called pinto peanut (Arachis pintoi) along with mixed grasses and volunteers. This is a perennial forage legume that grows from a central crown with a several meter deep tap root, and when it blooms it sticks its pod in the ground and spreads by planting itself. Grazing rotationally with sheep led to peanut dominance in preparation for planting bananas. For the banana rows, using his Yoemans’ Plough, he ripped two parallel trenches two meters apart and alternated his Cavendish banana sets zig-zag between the two trenches to ensure robust root exudate overlap. Grown biodynamically this commercial variety yields a creamy, aromatic fruit that, when ripe, has a moist, light-yellow colour like clover-fed Jersey butter. And once the young banana ‘trees’ grew tall enough the farmer went back to rotational grazing with sheep.

With rotational grazing, maximizing growth maximizes grazing. Grass dairies adjust their herds and pastures to graze, either by day or night but never both in succession. Long grazing periods allow livestock to eat the best plants down to a nub and leave unpalatable or trashy plants with enough leaf panel to take off again. Grazing only about 40 % and leaving 60 % behind–some gets trampled and feeds the soil food web, but there’s enough leaf panel left for quick re-growth. Commonly it takes three weeks before re-grazing, though

There is a vigorous biodynamic group on the Atherton Tablelands with dedication to making excellent preps and holding workshops. This farmer was producing cheaply and efficiently, and he reckoned these were the best bananas he had grown in forty years—since that first banana crop where he cashed in all the protoplasm of a living rainforest. His chief problem was banana rust thrips causing unmarketable fruit. My take on this was not so much an inner vegetative weakness that invited the animal digestion into the early formation of the fruit. Yes, its physical structure was too weak in its early development of cell walls and connective tissues. But my sense was the animal digestion (astrality) was too weak around the banana roots, and thus the amino acids drawn from the soil to form the new fruit were too mineral (nitrate) This invites the thrips to feast during the earliest development of fingers after petals open, causing a water-soaked appearance to the newborn hand of bananas—a clear case for using the dandelion and horsetail preparations in the canopy, and the chamomile and nettle preparations on the soil to boost the astral complexity the plant draws in at its roots. Potassium silicate and soluble humates fortnightly in the irrigation would help, as silica lies at the basis of physical structure.

I’ve seen and consulted for my share of biodynamic banana farms, but most of my conventional banana farmers used biodynamic preparation patterns imparted to the products they used because they got good results and problems were minimized. Humic and fulvic acid feed the soil biology that cleans up Roundup and other toxic residues, but it also grows better bananas. I have recipes for these inputs in my book, Quantum Agriculture.

Banana farming is a hard business. The biodynamic farmer and his wife in the above example retired as the work became too much. A big biodynamic farm planted in Mareeba, terraced beautifully with the local majestic boulders, connected by wide avenues shaded with mangos and undersown in pinto peanut, dandelions and mixed perennial grasses. These folks lost a tractor-trailer load of fruit shipped 3000 km to Sydney. The shipment was rejected as rotten upon receipt and auctioned off, a windfall for an unscrupulous broker but a total loss for the farmers. My own immigration sponsor was ripped off for shipments of biodynamic potatoes and zucchinis to a wholesaler in Melbourne who sold the produce but never paid for it. The Mareeba banana folks asked themselves why work so hard just to lose a few hundred grand in one rip-off? They sold up and that beautiful farm with its rich soils is now a full-on chemical plantation using Roundup and growing large quantities of tasty-as-chalk bananas.

One of the people I have consulted for is Frank Sciacca, who has popularized the Red Tip Eco Bananas which are easy to see in supermarkets because the banana tips are dipped in red wax. See picture. His commitment to the environment shows in his low nitrogen, herbicide and insecticide free approach that has resulted in some of the best insect collections I’ve seen in Australia.

Managing bananas goes beyond the tree making a bunch of 10 or more hands. You try to have as many functional leaves as there are hands of bananas in the bunch. Alongside this is the decaying trunk of the previous tree with its top cut down so the crown reabsorbs what it can. Close by is the adolescent trunk that will take the place of the present producing tree. And alongside that should be a few suckers, one of which will be chosen to be the next adolescent tree. There’s all kinds of tropical vines, some of which love to climb bananas, so a good, non-climbing ground cover is a big help. I’ve visited and consulted for banana growers all the way south to Coff’s Harbour, where the first commercial bananas were grown in Australia. I’ve been telling Florida citrus growers they should diversify into bananas, as Floridians can grow bananas in their yards.  But if they do they will have to give up their chemicals and rejuvenate their environment with what they grow because Life is the biggest deficiency in agriculture.

My preferred clients are  new growers, who know they don’t know much about growing bananas, so they follow instructions carefully. It’s  the conventional growers looking to convert that have trouble. They are used to the WOW effect when they apply chemical nitrogen, and they don’t get that with biodynamics, which builds nitrogen fixation into the soil biology. The biodynamic approach is so gradual that four out of five think they will assist the BD program with some urea and other fertiliser salts. This damages the soil food web and sets progress back to the start.

 

https://www.biodynamics.com/conference/2019/event/biodynamic-banana-farming

 

 

 

Bees and Love within the Hive quotes from Rudolf Steiner Nine Lectures on Bees

the bees surrender themselves entirely to Venus, unfolding a life of love throughout the whole hive. This life will be filled with wisdom; you can well imagine how wise it must be!

I have already told you various things about the reproductive process and the unconscious wisdom contained in it. This unconscious wisdom is unfolded by the bees in their external activity. What we only experience when love arises in our hearts is to be found, as it were, in the whole bee-hive as substance. The whole hive is in reality permeated with love. The individual bees renounce love in manifold ways, and thus develop love throughout the whole hive. One only begins to understand the life of the bees when one knows that the bee lives in an atmosphere completely pervaded by love.

On the other hand the bee is quite especially favoured by the fact that, in its turn, it feeds upon just those parts of the plants which are also wholly pervaded by love. The bees suck out their food — which they then turn into honey — exclusively from those parts of the plants that are centred in love; they bring, so to speak, the love-life of the flowers into the hive.

Hence one must say that the life of the bees must be studied by making use of the soul.

This is much less necessary when we study the ants and the wasps for we shall see that here, though they withdraw themselves to some extent, still they do surrender themselves more to sexual life. With the exception of the Queen, the bees are actually beings which, as I would like to put it, say to themselves “We will renounce the individual sexual life that we make ourselves ‘bearers of love.’” Thus they have been able to bring what lives in the flowers into the hive; and when you begin really to think this out rightly, you will reach the whole mystery of the bee-hive.

The life of this sprouting, budding love which is in the flowers is there too, within the honey. You can also study what honey does, when you eat it yourself. What does the honey do? When honey is eaten it furthers the right connection in man between the airy and the watery elements. Nothing is better for man than to add the right proportion of honey to his food. For in a wonderful way the bees see to it that man learns to work with his soul upon the organs of his body. In the honey the bee gives back again to man what he needs to further the activity of his soul-forces within his body. Thus when man adds some honey to his food, he wishes so to prepare his soul that it may work rightly within his body — breathe rightly.

Bee-keeping is therefore something that greatly helps to advance our civilisation, for it makes men strong.

You see, when one realises that the bees receive very many influences from the starry worlds, one sees also how they can pass on to man what is fitted for him. All that is living, when it is rightly combined, works rightly together. When one stands before a hive of bees one should say quite solemnly to oneself: “By way of the bee-hive the whole Cosmos enters man and makes him strong and able.”

https://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/GA351/English/SGP1975/19230203p01.html

 

Let’s talk about carbon

If we’re going to attract the life forces that agriculture feeds to human society as a whole to keep it alive, then we have to collect carbon.

Let’s talk about carbon. Carbon is associated with the earth element, and of course we’ve got water, air and fire as well. Sometimes carbon is called the Philosopher’s Stone. The hardest substance on earth is diamond, made from carbon. It’s also the framework for all living organisms, and it’s the magnet for hydrogen. So anytime we’re talking about conserving water then we need to talk about carbon because water will evaporate into the atmosphere – it will drain away and leave the landscape – unless there’s carbon there. Carbon attracts rainfall out of the sky. Carbon holds onto the water in the land, and carbon is what the chemistry of water works upon. So when we’re looking at what accumulates life-energy, it’s carbon.

When Wilhelm Reich did his work with orgone accumulators, he found carbon was the basis of orgone accumulation. Metal was the way of conducting it, but to attract it you had to have carbon. Carbon is the earth element, it’s the anchor for whatever we’re going to do in terms of building life into the landscape. And of course agriculture is what we’re doing to give life to our society. As far as the sociologists are concerned they know very well that we live in an agrarian society today, the days of the hunter-gatherers and whatnot are just not what’s mainstream anymore. Agriculture has given us the division of labor and the abundance, the savings of being able to specialize. So with the advent of agriculture, we had the rise of civilizations. Now here we are.

If we’re going to attract the life forces that agriculture feeds to human society as a whole to keep it alive, then we have to collect carbon. If we’re not collecting carbon with our agriculture, if we’re somehow or another dispersing the carbon, burning it up, exhausting it, robbing our soils of it or whatever then our agriculture is going to crash. Now carbon is the gold of our environment. What about the idea of the Philosopher’s Stone turning something to gold, turning base metal into gold? Carbon is what does that in terms of what’s the most valuable to us in our society – and that’s life. Carbon is what conserves life, draws in life, it accumulates life. When we’re talking about making agriculture free, we’re talking about building up carbon in our soils, accumulating carbon and being able to have a surplus of carbon so that we can harvest it from our farms and give it to people in our markets, in our restaurants and our dinner tables so that everyone has sufficient life in order to be healthy and happy. So it’s carbon that’s the wealth of our society.

The question is how do we accumulate carbon? Photosynthesis accumulates carbon from the carbon dioxide which is the free carbon in the atmosphere. It draws in carbon dioxide and turns that into sugar which is the basis, the framework of all of our carbohydrates. It of course also combines with nitrogen to make proteins. Oxygen organizes carbon in carbon dioxide and puts it out there everywhere for free. Photosynthesis unites water and carbon dioxide to make sugar, and it releases oxygen then to go off and organize other things.

Anytime we want to accumulate carbon what we have to do is to encourage photosynthesis. Whether it’s algae on the surface in the desert or algae on the surface of the ocean or it might be plankton in the ocean, they’re big carbon accumulators. But whatever it is, we accumulate carbon through photosynthesis. Photosynthesis – the capture of fire, you might say – and the building of a carbon framework, allows us to accumulate carbon in the landscape. Right now today on the planet earth we’ve got more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than in any other time that we know of. We’re in a period of great wealth if we want to accumulate carbon because it’s everywhere, it’s free.

Biodynamic Preps for Drought

BD Preparations and Drought

By Hugh Lovel

How certain notions arise and become entrenched is a bit of a mystery, especially when they are wrong. Yet they do get started and entrenched. One of these is the belief that when things dry up and little moisture is available we cannot put out biodynamic preparations—as if these were delicate microbial cultures that must have moist conditions to establish and thrive. This is so far from true it seems impossible it ever got started. Yet it did.

When things dry up with rain months away is when we most need to apply our field sprays. When the organization of moisture in the atmosphere is at its lowest is when we need to enliven both atmosphere and soil to get them working together. In a drought nothing else does so much good for so little effort.

During summer, evaporation is high. Moisture rises up into the troposphere and as it cools it glides downward toward the polar vortex, flowing like a river in the sky to the pole. Variations in the jet stream determine where and when this river feeds moisture into storm fronts that drop—or fail to drop—summer rainfall. And yet, what organizes things in general, but particularly moisture, is life—and life activities is what biodynamics is about.

Organization is the basis of life, and life defies the rules for inanimate objects. Life draws organization out of chaos into more life. Biodynamic preparations are so rich in life they draw organization into wherever they are applied. The very reason we can impart life by stirring up tiny doses of preparations in water and sprinkling them over large areas is because life energy flows from lower to higher concentration. When we spray an area and enrich its vitality, more life energy, i.e. organization, flows to the area sprayed.  The more we spray an area, the more strongly that area draws in organization from the surrounding universe.

Back in 1988 a small group of biodynamic farmers held the first Southeast US Biodynamic Conference at my farm in Blairsville, Georgia. Hugh Courtney, who founded the Josephine Porter Institute of Applied Biodynamics (JPI), came from Virginia to lead workshops on making and applying biodynamic preparations. The attendees all stirred and applied every preparation to my farm despite the whole southeast being in summer drought. Out of the blue a summer thunderstorm drenched us thoroughly. Courtney went back home and did the same thing at JPI and the summer drought was history. The next summer the same thing happened at our second conference, also breaking a summer drought. By then Hugh Courtney had given preparation workshops at various widespread locations. In every case, rain—or at least technical precipitation—occurred when all the preparations were applied in a back-to-back sequence. Courtney explained to me, Harvey Lisle and others that he believed the preparations could draw to themselves whatever was needed to make life thrive, including moisture.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload::]]This was the beginning of what Courtney later called Sequential Spraying. At first we didn’t know that preparations could break droughts, but experience demonstrated applying all the preparations in sequence gave us the most gratifying results.

I have applied this technique with favorable outcomes on many occasions since. It seems to work best if launched when the moon is in a water or earth constellation at the approach to full moon, so use the Astro calendar and plan ahead to get the right amount of rain (rather than a flood).

 

Growing Ginger: Building the Soil Foodweb

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Growing Ginger

Building the Soil Foodweb

Hugh Lovel

 

Ginger roots normally contain endophytes, which are microbes living in between the plant’s cells. This means there is no problem finding the right microbial cultures that are symbiotic with ginger. The piece of ginger root you plant brings in many desirable species with it. This is also true for garlic, potatoes and tumeric and even seeds like peanuts, pumpkins and maize. These endophytes are often yeasts and lactobacilli, but they may also include actinomycetes and nitrogen fixing species. Ginger is particularly good for hosting these last two. Virtually all of these endophytic microbes depend on the photosynthesis of the plant itself to provide their energy in the form of their carbon rich plant sap.

This means that the surplus sugars produced by the plant and exuded around its roots are the food these beneficial microbes, and ginger, which originated as a rainforest undergrowth plant, is very efficient at photosynthesis. In order to make the most of this feature of ginger, I have found it best to space my ginger root cuttings 15 to 20 centimetres (6 to 8 inches) apart in the row with three rows running parallel down a metre wide (40 inch wide), heavily mulched bed. I lay off shallow drills, press my root cuttings in, lightly cover with soil and lay on a thick layer of mulch—too easy. At that spacing I get enough root exudate overlap that the soil biology rivals the population density of an outdoors music festival and there is dense branching along the feeder roots. This close spacing also develops a canopy that—along with the mulch—excludes weeds and provides habitat for many digestive species living under the mulch.

The Way It Works

The whole arrangement is powered by the fact plants photosynthesize and share a portion of their energy as complex carbohydrates seasoned by proteins, hormones and enzymes given off along the roots. This provides plenty of energy for the mycorrhizae and actinomycetes that solubilize silicon and release calcium, and for the bacteria that solubilize phosphorous and fix nitrogen.

Of course, these fungi and bacteria do not sacrifice themselves and release their nutrients directly to the plant. Protozoa and other tiny soil animals eat and digest the silicon and nitrogen rich micro-organisms, releasing their nutrients as amino acids and mineral complexes. Mulching encourages this by providing habitat for the animals that feed around the roots where water and nutrient uptake occur. Because this is an on-going process around active roots,  such plants luxuriate in sucking up their nutrients as freshly digested amino acids and mineral complexes before they decay into such things as nitrates and salts.

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Happily, when plants take up nitrogen as amino acids instead of nitrates their assembly of complex proteins is direct and efficient, and is not watered down by having to process nitrates. Then photosynthesis is more efficient, which makes root exudation richer, which makes microbial activity more robust, which makes silica uptake, calcium release, nitrogen fixation and phosphorous solubilisation more abundant, which ramps up the digestive activity around the roots and feeds the plant a richer and richer stream of nutrition in a round robin the limit of which is unexplored. It is doubtful that any form of chemical fertilization can result in higher production, let alone attain the quality of this natural system. Between the plant giving sugars to soil microbes, and the soil food web feeding back complex minerals and amino acids, the plant is giving honey to the soil and the soil giving back milk to the plant.

I particularly like ginger because it gives a high proportion of the carbon it catches to the soil. It doesn’t waste its time growing massive tops, and it enjoys crowding—which results in an unusually high degree of root exudate overlap.

In the pictures that follow I mulched with my lawnmower clippings, which I used as thin applications, along with sugar cane mulch, round bales of grass hay or shredded tree bark. Since it was dry at planting, I irrigated along with occasional doses of liquid humic acid in a watering solution as a mycorrhizal booster. And I applied all the biodynamic preparations including horn manure, horn silica horn clay and cow pat pit (aka barrel compost). Not only did I stir and spray these; I also applied them 24/7/365 using a field broadcaster. After all, I was working with a nearly dead soil that had a long ways to go.

What Ginger Can Do

This first picture shows some of my original planting material from a biodynamic farm (Aracaria Farm) in Mullumbimby, NSW. It had unusually rich, fuzzy, actinomycetes growing out of its roots and extending through the soil. These microbes are particularly good at eating into the clay (aluminium silicate) in the soil to release silica, which is what makes their hairs such good transport vessels. They also have the virtue of unlocking calcium and other nutrients held on the colloidal clay/humus complexes in the soil, releasing a storehouse of minerals while growing a hairy forest teeming with bacteria and protozoa.

To my way of thinking, planting ginger seems like the simplest and best way of culturing the very microbes I want to see thriving abundantly in my soil—and I simply let the most vigorous strains for that soil and locality predominate.

Recipes and Pictures

Most of the pictures that follow show my crop at harvest—grown under mulch with occasional irrigation, biodynamic preparations and a few applications of humates along with a bit of kelp and fish on a soil that simply wasn’t cooking prior to this planting. See how dense the clusters of ginger corms are. The short distance between nodes indicates a rich silica content, which relates to both herbal potency and good keeping qualities. This is ginger of rare nip that makes quite a potent tea when boiled, or good, hot curries and stir fries.

I invested in a small deli slicer and pickled quite a bit as sushi ginger using a rice vinegar/apple cider vinegar, honey, salt, pickling spice and red shiso leaf recipe. At the rate I’ve tucked into it I wish I had put up three times as much—spicy, ginger hot and delicious. The rest of the crop has kept for four months in my garage without refrigeration. At the time of writing I am replanting in a new bed.

While the ginger was excellent, the big deal is what it did for the soil. I like to farm to improve my soils rather than depleting it, and ginger surely can do this.

I followed the ginger harvest with maize, which isn’t suited for winter. Yet the maize got off to a bang of a start, survived light frosts and is making a modest crop–which can only happen when corn roots are colonized by the best biology from root emergence onward.

All garden work in this series of pictures was done with hand tools on odd weekends. The ginger harvest and subsequent cultivation of the bed was done with a pitchfork rather than a shovel—that’s how workable this soil became.

 

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The ginger, dug and laid out View from the other end

 

 

 

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A couple close ups showing the ginger clump density, a result of superb silica uptake

 

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The soil afterward  Ginger roots with dense branching

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A couple close ups showing the ginger clump density, a result of superb silica uptake

 

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