BFA Newsletter: April 2015


RBTI Workshop with Steve Westin

Less than a week (!) until our upcoming RBTI workshop with Steve Westin - April 22 & 23 - and we are very excited to be hosting this unique opportunity for people to learn more about Reams Biological Theory of Ionization (RBTI), and from one of the foremost teachers in the field! After experiencing for himself the life-transforming impact of RBTI, Mr. Westin went on to study extensively with Dr. Reams himself until his death in the 80s, alongside inquiry into the many complementary fields in Life Sciences and Subtle Energy. Mr. Westin has been refining this workshop for three decades, and has built a reputation as a master teacher, lecturer and developer of products to bring soil, plant, animal (2 & 4 legged) to their highest genetic potential. If you are intrigued by RBTI or want to deepen your understanding, join us on Earth Day at the Kittredge Farm in North Brookfield, MA for a truly special workshop.

Topics to be covered include:

  • the science, parameters, and practical application necessary to achieve RBTI,
  • agriculture according to wavelengths, as taught by Dr. Carey Reams,
  • the topics of tillage,
  • soil testing, and how to read the soil test,
  • how to pick a fertilizer and it's proper application in the field,
  • the use of a refractometer and conductivity meter for both soil and human health,
  • and an evening on the art and science of orgone energy.


 
In this Issue
  1. RBTI Workshop
  2. A note from Dan
  3. Update on John Slack & deep soil mapping



RBTI Workshop

April 22-23, 2015
@ Kittredge Farm in North Brookfield, MA
Day 1:
    RBTI/Soil Health
Day 2:
    RBTI/Human Health
 

Register today!




   A Personal Note From Dan


I attended my first Acres conference 8 or 9 years ago, and was immediately struck by a couple of things. First, that so much knowledge has been available for so long, and the loss that I felt at having been unaware of it for my first 20 years of farming; and second, that there were two camps: the Albrecht camp and the Reams camp. Albrecht was the head of the university soil department for twenty years, with hundreds of published papers to his name, and the more "legitimate" option. Reams was the clairvoyant mathematician who studied with Einstein, and along with being able to grow green beans in three weeks and exceptional oranges in beach sand, saved thousands and thousands of people from terminal diseases.

Reams was obviously my guy. I went to the Reams-oriented workshops, bought Reams' books, and took courses taught by Reams' students. As Reams had died in the mid 80's, many of his students were still around, and I peppered them with questions in an attempt to understand his work. As I began teaching courses with the Real Food Campaign, I started with explaining Reams soil tests and principles. I quickly became aware that when posed with difficult questions, the nuances of what I was trying to explain, I did not understand. Also, students who were used to looking up citations brought to my attention that there seemed to be a grand total of nothing in the formal literature that supported the Reams analysis. Or at least, it was not apparent.

I quickly delved into the Albrecht perspective as a frame to design the courses around, and while I have been using his work as a foundation, I have always held out a deep interest in the Reams analysis, and when given the chance, have continued to ask those who I think understand his work. I have regularly gotten to a point in the conversation where it appears that my desire for a clearer explication will not be met by this interlocutor, and I change my tact to asking who does understand Reams.

The best answer I have gotten to that question is Steve Westin. I had heard about him for years, and en route to teaching a course in Michigan, was finally able to stop by and meet him for myself. After apparently being deemed worthy, I was able to convince him to come out to my farm in North Brookfield to teach a basic overview of the Reams perspective on Earth Day and the following day.

For those who are similarly intrigued, I suggest that this event is not to be missed if at all possible. Day one, Wednesday April 22nd will cover the basics of Reams agronomy, with an evening supplement on Wilhelm Reich, and orgone and practical applications. Day two, Thursday, will be a similar overview of RBTI, Reams' strategy for assessing human imbalance and strategies for addressing it. We currently have about 20 people registered, and I had hoped for more like 50. We still have $2800 in our scholarship account for those who like to attend but are experiencing cash flow issues here at the beginning of the growing season. Camping is an option here at the farm for those who want to minimize costs, and potluck is the food plan.

Cost is $250 for the two days, but registration for either single day is also possible. Discounts for BFA members and previous course attendees are available. More information and registration is available online at http://tinyurl.com/stevewestin. Contact Gary at gary@bionutrient.org if you would like a scholarship. I have been looking forward to this for some time, and welcome everyone who is interested, and wants to spend a couple days on our new almost completed porch.

For a better earth,
Dan


 
Dan Kittredge

For those less familiar with the organization, Dan Kittredge is the Executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Association and Real Food Campaign. Dan is the son of prominent leaders in the organic movement, and has been an organic farmer since childhood. His experience managing organic farms and developing sustainable agriculture techniques has connected him to farmers in Central America, Russia, India and the United States. Dan is passionate about raising the quality of nutrition in our food supply through collaboration with committed individuals, businesses, and organizations that support the value of people growing and eating really good food.




   John Slack to begin geological audit


An update from Dan on the question of rock dust, and some practical steps forward

I learned a lot about rock dust during my time as Executive Director of Remineralize the Earth. The first dust that I used was from a granite quarry in Western MA, and within weeks, it was quite evident that something special was going on with the plants to which the rock dust had been applied.

It has been a long and nuanced path understanding what types and quantities to use, and what to expect, and then attempting to explain to others what makes sense and is appropriate. My thought has been for some time that while getting just any rock dust and spreading a bunch of it might be good, the ideal of identifying the rock dust most suited to a specific place, based on what that land does and does not have, always seemed like the objective.

Two or ten tons per acre of a local rock dust might be good, but as a farmer I feel the need to make sure that my soil is balanced, and so end up using rock phosphate, greensand, gypsum, etc as well, because the holy grail of getting all of my soil’s mineral needs from the local rock dust was not achieved.

Finally, next month, the BFA will be taking a first significant step in what I hope will be a long process of helping growers across the planet get to that holy grail of determining which specific rock dust or two will satisfy most, if not all of the mineral needs of their soil. Toward that end, John Slack, a brilliant geologist/prospector/farmer from Ontario, will be gracing the Northeast US with his knowledge as he performs a survey of our underlying soil geochemistry. This is step one in the process of identifying which rock dust sources will do what for each and every soil.

John will be starting his trek in eastern New York state on May 24th, and finishing in Vermont on the 31st. In the interim, he will be sampling soil in MA, CT, RI, ME and NH. Very generously and in keeping with his character, John is only asking that his expenses be covered as he volunteers to perform this initial survey. He welcomes those interested to attend as he performs the surveys, and the BFA hopes that those attendees will donate something in the ball park of $50/day for the opportunities to ask him all the questions you ever had about geology, and see how to perform a systemic, in-field soil geochemistry analysis for yourself.

Dates and locations for the farm surveys are still being finalized, so watch the BFA site and this newsletter for more information, likely in the first week of May.

Once we have performed this basic geochemical analysis of the region, we will be identifying regional quarries that are likely to possess the minerals necessary to balance soils in the area. In fact, Western Catskills NY Chapter Co-Leader, Simon Martinez, has found a map of every quarry that has ever been permitted in the United States, and once we are able to overlay that with geological maps we should be well on the way to being able to give growers a likely location for them to ideally source rock dust this fall for their soils.


 
Links of Interest

A bit about John Slack from the website of his company, Boreal Agronominerals:
About John Slack




Reflections on John Slack's presentation
at the 2015 Soil & Nutrition Conference from Derek Christianson, Farmer and NOFA/Mass Board Member




 










 

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