David Wechsler, Founder of ElectricFertilizer.com

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
  • Our Purpose
  • & Our Vision

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ranging from The Scientific American, to Popular Science, to much older magazines and publications that have been long out of date for at least a hundred years.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
  • Etc.

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.

Romanesco broccoli - my first electroculture subject

Romanesco broccoli – isn’t it cool looking! (Photo credit: vanderwal)

This success has propelled me into a deep study of the subject, hence the creation of this site.

Our Purpose

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

Ever since I attempted my first experiment and saw what was happening with my own eyes, I’ve been totally obsessed about this topic. And just about everyone who I talk to about my discovery is equally as fascinated as well.  So, it my desire to get as many people as possible to start experimenting with these gardening methods and sharing their results here so we can help each other steer past some of the pitfalls that have perhaps prevented these methods from ever reaching mainstream status in the past.
In this site I will be sharing my knowledge and experience with you.  As you learn more about electro-horticulture and start experimenting on your own, I hope that you’ll come here to share your knowledge and experiences so we all can derive benefit.

 

Our Vision of Electroculture

Before I finish, I would like to take a moment to share my thoughts what’s possible using electro-horticulture and other effective yet unconventional forms of gardening.
The world we live in is great flux – change is happening everywhere from the way we communicate, to our institutions, our governments, and our environment.  One of the many issues I think we’ll be seeing more of is the problem of food: growth, distribution, and safety.  With all of the major climate changes going on like early frosts, or erratic weather patterns, it will become increasingly important to not only have our main food providers adapt to these changes, but it will likely become more important for us as everyday people to start growing our own food.
By growing our own food in plant or animal form, we not only feed ourselves safe & nutritious food, but we can all have the abundance that we can share with others.  Some say that they don’t have enough room to grow anything – but I disagree… while literally tons of food could be grown within a quarter acre of land, significant amounts of it can potentially be grown by people living in smaller spaces by growing:
  • On balconies
  • On roof-top gardens
  • Inside your home in jars, pots or hydroponic systems
  • Or vertically against your windows

While growing in this manner is helpful, if we could start growing with electricity, then with boosted yields and minimized time to harvest, then more food can be grown in any space.  Furthermore, crops grown outside could possibly beat the timing of mother nature, helping farmers harvest a nutritionally-superior crop not only sooner, but with greater yield and greater profit, too.

 

Thanks for visiting!

Stick around, try some of these methods out and let me know how they do for you!   While you’re at it, let me know if you run into any problems and I’ll do the best I can to help.

Also, at when the timing is right and opportunities present themselves, I hope to introduce a few related products and services to help gardeners and farmers make the most of their crops.

 

Thanks for your time and interest,
– David Wechsler

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  • John Bierma

    Now I see you knew of John Burke’s research. I currently sprout most of my veggies in my kitchen. I do it in plastic trays now. It works well. I wonder if I did it in metal trays that are grounded if it would stimulate the germination and growth and the nutrition of the sprouts? Any research to this effect that you know of? I may try it in a little experiment in my kitchen and see what happens.

    • Yeah, John Burke published some great stuff!

      Yes, that should cause an improvement in growth, similar to the way direct electrical stimulation does. I’m not sure off the top of my head regarding hard-core research that’s available (I’m sure there is – I just haven’t looked in awhile), but I have seen a documentary called “The Grounded” (http://www.mygroundedmovie.com/) that talked about the health effects that come from grounding. They also showed a plant experiment that had good results. In fact, there is a company out there selling products to help you ground your plants for better growth – I imagine it’s all based on the fact that there are stray electric fields nearly everywhere on the ground, from a wide variety of sources.

      If you decide to give it a try, please get in touch and show us your results!