Welcome to our website, ElectricFertilizer.com. On this page I’d like to share the following:
A little bit about myself & how I came to start this site
First, A Little History…
Ever since I was a child I loved finding catalogs and books covering esoteric, arcane subjects as well as those that were more normal, but homey. For example, on the esoteric side I loved Omni Magazine, and on the other hand, I absolutely loved the Whole Earth Catalog. Fast forward to college where I studied electrical engineering (MSEE), I came across a collection of old articles from various historical publications ranging from The Scientific American, to Popular Science, to much older magazines and publications that have been long out of date for at least a hundred years. These articles covered some amazing historical scientific devices, from rife machines and radionic devices that were used in the healing of diseases in humans and plants, to a cool sort of non-lethal weapon that knocked out opponents using shock waves. While I still think this sort of technology cool, I have no interest in weaponry.
In lock-step with my interests in the fantastic and the esoteric, I have also always felt an affinity towards the inventions of the turn-of-the-19th century. In fact, as time went on, I found myself more interested in novel, yet simple forms of technology. For example, I have developed a strong interest in something called appropriate technology which is technology that “is designed with special consideration to the context of its use – including environmental, ethical, cultural, social, political, and economical aspects of the community it is intended for.” (via Appropredia)
From this, I found myself drawn towards the very simple ideas that can be used world-wide to help people with food production, sanitation, energy, food storage and more. Well known examples of appropriate technology include:
- Bike, hand, and other self-powered forms of pumps.
- Self-contained solar-powered lamps and streetlights.
- Passive solar building designs
For a long time I have been completely fascinated by simple and useful inventions and methods that were written about a long time ago, but were no longer being used for some reason or another. Perhaps they were just experiments that never became popular or maybe they became mainstream for a while only to be crushed out of existence by industrialists of the age. In any case, I have always been fascinated with simple technology that helps people.
Honing in on Electro-Horticulture (Electroculture)
While recently revisiting these strange topics, I came across a selection of material on the topic of electro-culture… the concept of growing plants with electricity. It turns out that the research was first published in some books and articles dating from the 1800s. As I learned more about the idea of electroculture or electro-horticulture, I became more enamored with it since it I thought it would allow for the perfect combination of my fascination with growing food, permaculture, and sustainability combined with my interests in hard science and engineering!
Since learning that the speed by which plants grow can be increased from these old studies, I was also inspired to try some experiments after hearing an interview on a podcast called The Cosmic Influence from John Burke (and Kaj Halberg) speaking about their book Seed of Knowledge, Stone of Plenty: Understanding the Lost Technology of the Ancient Megalith Builders where they talked about research involving a number of sacred sites including Stonehenge, and various ‘mound’ sites, like Cahokia’s Monk’s Mound which happens to be close to my home in the greater St. Louis, MO region. Their research revealed that at daybreak, especially at the solstices, that these sites were once used for fertility rituals by more agrarian societies in history. At these times, these sites experienced a significant increase in their electric field strength. When seeds were placed in these locations at times where the electric fields were at their peak, that crop yields increased significantly and the plants were hardened against disease.
Cool stuff I thought… so in February of 2011 I tried an experiment where I grew some Romanesco broccoli (the variety that looks like a fractal) under the influence of electricity and I had witnessed some amazing results.
See my post, My First Experiment with Electro-Horticulture for details.
This success has propelled me into a deep study of the subject, hence the creation of this site.
The purpose of this site is to share and spread the many fantastic and amazing methods that are available for increasing the speed, yield, and disease resistance of plants among other virtues as well.
By applying these ideas and methods to your own gardens and fields, you can take part in expanding upon the knowledge base while verifying that many of these methods work. In the end, you may be able to enjoy more produce and greater profits, along with a sense of wonder that the world has much more to offer than meets the eye.
Community-Based Research & Discovery