STONED IN PASADENA

“Our most optimistic expectations are no less than the realization of an old dream: ‘What will fertilizing with stone dust accomplish? It will turn stones into bread…make barren regions (fruitful) (and) feed the hungry.'”
~Julius Hensel — Bread From Stones (1894) ~

Yabba dabba doooo…

Stone age has arrived here on the homestead!

A few weeks ago, our annual Peaceful Valley order of bulk organic fertilizers arrived by truck. However, this year, we’ve added something new to the mix — Rock dust.

Adding finely ground gravel dust to soils is a tremendous boost to organic agriculture and can make it truly viable by adding up to a hundred elements and trace minerals needed by all life. Rock dust also nourishes the microorganisms in the soil, whose protoplasm is the basis of all living things. Read more

Don Weaver,of Remineralize the Earth, was kind enough to send a bunch of great articles (including a copy of his bookThe Survival of Civilization ) for us to pass out at a tba “Re-mineralize the Earth” workshop we have planned this Spring.

MORE ROCKERS

“Most people think that rocks are dead. They’re alive.” ~ Bob Cannard  ~

> Bob Cannard (Calif farmer who produces prized veggies for Chez Panisse and Odwalla) is an avid user ofrock dust

>SEER Centre is a demonstration research center for soil remineralization for agriculture, has a yearly conference (March 2005) on soil remineralization and receives funding from the Scottish EPA and other sources. The Thomsons and the Center receive major news coverage in the UK (on the BBC, major newspapers, etc.)

Earth Restoration

THE SOUL OF SOIL

….And yet we as a society blunder further down the road of high-input/high-output agriculture, largely ignoring organic production, being pressed by the producers of genetically modified (GM) crops and governments to carry on ignoring the quality of our soil and our daily foods. This death-knell for soil fertility and dilution of the quality of our food has been mirrored and magnified by the rise of the so-called ‘diseases of civilization’.

Recent research shows that many of our ordinary everyday foods have taken a significant dip in mineral content over the last half-century. Indeed, in the last three decades the zinc content of seven common foods fell by 59%.

Between 1940 and 1991 the mineral content of vegetables and fruit dropped as follows:Vegetables                                           Fruit Sodium: –49%                            –29% Potassium: –16%                        –19% Magnesium: –24%                       –16% Calcium: –46%                            –16% Iron: –27%                                 –24% Copper: –76%                             –20% Zinc: –59%                                  –27%
…. In fact, mineral deficiencies due to soil deficiencies could be behind dozens of common complaints, for without minerals, vitamins don’t work. The body depends heavily on enzymic reactions for the production of many of the living biochemicals needed for full health. Enzymes in turn are heavily dependent on minerals and trace elements. Minerals are the bedrock of life.

… IN 1976 John D. Hamaker and his co-author Don Weaver described in their book Survival of Civilisation their vision of remineralizing the earth by applying ground rock to the land surfaces. They explained how by remineralization of all land surfaces, the growth of trees and plants could be increased, providing the logical and practical way to produce more food. Soil Mineral Depletion Levels North America 85% South America 75% Europe 72% Asia 76% Africa 74% Australia 55%

Soil remineralization is an urgent task, however it is achieved. Organic farming which focuses on the quality of the soil is a logical step towards this end, creating a healthier soil, a healthier society and a less burdened health service, but, ultimately, we need to replenish the soil with the vital minerals it now lacks.

TEA TIME

One advantage of working at a tea shop, is the opportunity to enjoy the wide array of tea — from “proper” sounding names like Earl Grey to the exotic Oolang.

Studies show drinking tea is good forone’s health, so drinking all this tea should be making a difference in the aging process, eh? We shall see.

FOG

For the past few mornings, a dense fog bank has rolled into the valley from the coast. The greyish cloudy mist is certainly a nice change to the monotonous “winter days.”

Once the fog burns away by mid morning, temps increase to the low to mid 80’s.

With this mild weather, one actually can walk around the house barefoot again without frozen toes — the winter blues are slowly ebbing away. However, there is a chance of rain next week.
Weather Report: Hazy

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