Stirring the Barrel Compost BD preparation When I was farming in the States I had over five hundred acres to look after and it was hard to use the BD preps as much as I wanted to. Now that I am homesteading in Ecuador I have a smaller acreage with more people to help.I feel lucky that I can work with the land and Biodynamic preparations more intensively and intimately. Our main garden and orchards cover about two acres and we have an additional ten acres of pasture. I have noticed that down here in Ecuador where we can grow all year long and it is fairly warm, the organic matter in the soil just disappears at an alarming rate. To compensate, the successful gardeners here apply a lot of supplements to the soil. Large amounts of manure and compost are bought and the results are great. Nice big vegetables with little insect damage. I have resisted this, but sometimes have been disappointed with my results. Rather then relying on bought in fertility I want to work with the biodynamic preps more intensely. Now that we have three interns it is easy to sit down for an hour and stir the preps. Recently I was reading an article about one of the biodynamic preparations, Barrel Compost, which stated that the author, Maria Thun had raised the PH or acidity of her soil to 6.8 by using this preparation. This is also the preparation that can mitigate radiation contamination. Biodynamic farms, around Chernobyl that also used the barrel compost preparations had no radiation contamination. For the next three afternoons we will stir for an hour, creating wonderful vortexes in the water and have great conversations. In Homeopathy the stirring for one hour allows the blue print or energy of the substance to be transferred to the water. We can then spray this water with the blue print onto the soil.
I wish more folks would take Karine Heschl’s story to heart. There are quite a few things we can do to mitigate the effects of Fukushima and radiation.
Karin Heschl’s Story – Radioactivity
“When the Chernobyl nuclear accident happened in 1986, I was a Homa Therapy volunteer and had a farm near Graz in Austria. Immediately after the accident the Austrian Government issued instructions that every farmer had to carry milk and fodder for testing for radioactivity.”
“When I did this, the inspectors were shocked, because they found only normal radioactivity levels in my milk and fodder samples. The inspectors said it was not possible to have normal radioactivity after Chernobyl. They asked, ‘Is there anything special that you are doing on your farm?’”
“I told them that my farm was using ancient Ayurveda technology to grow food which is now presented as HOMA Organic Farming technology:
“However the inspectors were not interested. For a scientist, one such experience should be enough to motivate him to do further research.”
Yesterday, Thanksgiving day we had much to be thankful for. We were especially thankful for our beautiful valley and Ecuador which has welcomed us in such a beautiful way. We had a wonderful lunch which Leisha orchestrated. Turkey, cranberry sauce and all the usual dishes and three pies. This is sort of strange in Ecuador but we had fifteen friends to celebrated with.
I am particularly happy with the progress of our house. We will not finish it before we leave for the States but the walls, floors and roof will be finished.
Our future living room/ community room
As I mentioned in my last post, I have been experiencing the deepest sadness over Fukushima and the killing of the Pacific Ocean. It has been a real struggle for me to know what to do about it. I do believe and ‘know’ that there are things people can do about it not only to protect ourselves but, more importantly, the Earth.
After two months of introspection, I have decided that I will not sit back and continue just enjoying this near-to-perfect life we have created down here in Ecuador. Instead, I will share my beliefs with as many people as possible.
For many years now, beginning with the ending of the Cali Yuga or dark ages around the 1880s, it has been possible to see that consciousness is changing. Especially now, people realize that there are other laws that the universe follows than just the physical laws as described by modern science.
They are the spiritual “formative forces” of the universe and there are many names and descriptions for this. The name “Prana” or “life force” comes from the East, there are “etheric formative forces” as described by Rudolf Steiner and now even quantum physics is delving into this realm.
I see this manifesting practically in many realms. Energy healing, where energy practitioners can operate on a spiritual level and/or move energy around, is becoming wide-spread. Reif machines and similar healing equipment can read the energy field of a person and heal the body through “vibrational healing.”
It is on this etheric level that we can heal the Earth and ourselves. It is as if we are being forced to wake up to a whole new realm, to learn to raise our vibration level to that of nuclear energy.
Foremost for me, this means that I need to be in total appreciation of my life, and give thanks to the world that surrounds me…to every stone, flower and bird. Nature needs this so much, not just because of Fukushima, but because this is healthy, wealthy and wise!
For my part, I use our Biodynamic farming practices, especially the barrel compost preparation. Farms that used these preparations around Chernobyl were found to be free of radiation. Further, on our Finca Sagrada, we have been using Agnihotra ceremonies http://agnihotra.org to help the land. These ceremonies come from Vedic times and have been found to purify both the soil and air and to mitigate radiation.
In addition, there are other important healing modalities. A good friend of ours, Cliff Sanderson, developed an etheric methodology called Deep Field Relaxation http://deepfieldrelaxation.com. He worked in Chernobyl when the children were dying of radiation after the meltdown and he was able to heal them by taking them into this etheric field. For this miraculous work, he received its highest medal from Russia’s Ministry of Health.
Now as I think about radiation, I feel that it is important for me to help spread the word about these solutions to the devastating radiation being emitted by Fukushima. It is my dream that folks will practice Agnihotra, eat Biodynamic food, familiarize yourselves and then use vibrational healing such as deep field relaxation and, through ceremony and meditation, live a more healthy life. Earth will love this, your thinking will improve, your emotional life will be more stable and you will find that you can accomplish much much more. I do believe that we should take constructive steps when faced with challenges like Fukushima, not freeze in fear.
Especially folks on the West Coast and in Hawaii should be aware of these alternatives. As the waters from Japan start reaching the California coast soon and the radiation starts to work its way through the food chain, people need to know that these solutions can be implemented. Right now, there is still so much denial about Fukushima that Californians seem to be like deer in the headlights, frozen in inaction.
I do hope people will see these positive actions as a necessity, opening us to exploring new ways of living on Earth. We can prosper living with ceremony, living in gratitude to Earth, living in harmony by stewarding Earth to the best of our ability. Let us be fierce in our passion for Earth and ourselves as her creatures, no matter what may come.
Readers interested in workshops on Fukushima Solutions can contact me now, as I’ll be in California just after Christmas and could do workshops.
Susan and I were in the states for the last month, visiting family and going to meetings. During ceremonies that I participated in, it came up that I have to give up on my sadness about humanity’s treatment of the Earth and lighten up. I need now to love life and deeply appreciate nature…to give thanks for the beauty all around. Here on Finca Sagrada, I am certainly in the right place. I walked around with my camera so I can share the progress and beauty.
The new Talapia ponds that Leisha and David constructed
As you walk into our garden area you meet Sophia and Divine Man. Divine man is still being completed
We have a baby Burro
Pluto (the male burro) already wants some action
We have workshops coming up in January . Click below to see our flyer
I am excited. We finally put together the materials for our four workshops in 2014. If you click on the image below you can find out about the first workshop in January. The main theme will be working with the earth with the help of Biodynamic and permaculture practices. Amongst other things we will include ceremony to help us to connect to the spirituality of the earth and ones own life path.
Clare Dakin founder of Treesisters.org is creating a wonderful organization to reforest the tropics around the power of women to actually do something to make change happen. One of the things Clare has created is a tree of life that includes our shadow side.When I read this I really understood how certain thought patters I have hold me back from action.
Tree sisters isn’t just for women. I remember many years ago when I was having marital problems with my late wife, our therapist asked me how I was supporting Joan in her needs. I said it was fine for her to do what she needed to do. Again the therapist asked what I was doing to support her. This made me realize that supporting was an active thing. Not just sitting back saying sure, no problem
I hope you will check out the website and join. Its all about empowering women. Clare also does wonderful free meditations. The first one is this Saturday to celebrate the equinox.
Join us this Saturday 21st Join us this Saturday the 21st for our Equinox Call, 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern, 5pm UK. Our free calls are the strongest experience we have as yet of the global sisterhood coming together in mutual support. They’re strong and they’re nourishing. Four times a year from now on, we will host calls on the Solstices and Equinoxes, to explore how they relate to our personal lives and TreeSisters development as moments of reflection, change, co-creation and celebration. (In between these marked point calls, we’ll host resourcing calls every new and full moon for strengthening and support). Getting back into step with nature is fundamental to rebuilding our relationship with Her. It isn’t hippy dippy, it’s vital and it’s personal: nature’s cycles are woman’s cycles and the root of our health. This is a free global call, simply sign in here to register. The invite and all call info is on facebook here if you’d like to invite your friends.
Seven Stars Yogurt
Yesterday we arrived in the States to visit my new grandson. Today we all went shopping at Whole Foods. It was fun to see Seven Stars Yogurt in the dairy case. Back in 1987 I joined the farm that belonged to the Kimberton Waldorf School in Southeast Pennsylvania. Back in the 1940s this was the farm where Ehrenfried Pfieffer and Mr. Marin the owner of Sunoco oil and an Anthroposophist where going to have a Biodynamic farm and school. Unfortunately things did not work, the farm school was abandoned and became a Waldorf school and the Biodynamic aspect of the farm languished.
When I joined the farm in 87 the Biodynamic impulse had been picked up again for a number of years but the farm was consistently loosing money and the school board had decided that a health food store and making and selling yogurt would be a good plan. So I pitched in to find good recipes, design labels and find markets for our yogurt.
After some research, I found a yogurt maker who had just retired. He had run one of the New Jersey prison farms and had manufactured all their milk into yogurt. He became our advisor and helped us with the design of the plant and with the recipe. I remember another time, when we decided to make Maple Syrup flavored yogurt, driving five hours to Western Pa in the farm truck to buy four fifty-gallon barrels of maple syrup.
Now, twenty six years later, I just bought some Seven Stars Maple Syrup Yogurt that says original recipe and the label has only been partially modified from its original design. I still think it is the best yogurt in the States. The farm is still certified Biodynamic but because the yogurt sells so well they buy a limited amount of organic yogurt from some Amish farms. Hence they cannot say the yogurt is Biodynamic.
Terry Brett who we hired as our first Store Manager and Yogurt Maker now owns Kimberton Whole Foods Market, a chain of five successful stores. It is gratifying to be able to look back at one’s life and see that I did a few things right.