Creating Waves of Awareness
Agro-homoeopathy has recently become a very deep interest for me and one of the answers to help me tame my multifaceted persona. Throughout my life my interests have been very diverse ranging from a deep interest in the environment to art, music, travel, biology and health. And I have engaged in each one of these disciplines through time but as homoeopathy, and now more specifically agro-homoeopathy, has come to touch my life, I have found in it the glue that simply ties everything together as a senseful whole.
This means that my long-awaited answer on how to contribute to the environment in a positive way combined with the art of healing and travel has become very present at this point in my life.
About a year ago, though the grace of 'synchro-destiny' I met an amazing person and homoeopath, Kaviraj. My previous studies in biology and Naturopathy had left me completely dissatisfied and the disappointment itself partly had driven me to seek inspiration within art and music for the last few years. Kaviraj, bringing the knowledge of homeopathy into my life awakened the hope that there might still be something worth looking into again in the spheres of health and environment. The hope turned into complete amazement when I started knowing and understanding more about this great art.
Now, the years spent making art and music fit as a logical piece of the puzzle as it is something I will be using to narrate the findings in my subsequent homeopathic adventures. I have decided to document in video and photography some agro-homoeopathic expeditions within my home country of Nicaragua in the upcoming couple of months.
In this blog, I shall be narrating my first exciting voyage in Agro-Homoeopathy....
Traveling from my current home in Amsterdam to my home land Nicaragua was a voyage full of surprising incidents. During only one century, traveling on airplanes changed from being a total novelty to a common nuisance based on petrol-based transport. After a delay of over 3 hours in the city of dams due to unexpected maintenance issues on the aircraft my connection in Houston was lost. I had to wait 24 hours for the next flight to Nicaragua.
They say blessings come in disguise... well, I can prove that! During my immense layover in Houston I met a really nice couple who own a farm close to Diriamba, one of the provinces of the pacific coast of Nicaragua. I took it as a sign that the project was on the right track.
We proceeded to exchange contact info as my explanation about ago-homoeopathy to them awakened a large spark of interest and they wanted to try it out with the issues they have with their crops.
Their lovely farm "La Gata Gorda" which translated means "The Fat Cat" is situated at an altitude o 2,200 ft or 670 meters above sea level and contains several kinds of small crops including a coffee plantation, tomatoes, beans, several nicaraguan tropical fruits, and many other vegetables which I will take a look at when I visit in the next couple of days. They also have a horse, and a few goats which provide them with nice milk. You may visit their blog here http://gringaenparaiso.blogspot.com/
Liz and her husband are very environmentally aware and utilize alternative sources of energy such as solar panels, hydropower; they have constructed a gas chamber for cooking with the gas of animal manure; and they also use organic compounds as fertilizers and pesticides. Liz is very enthusiastic about utilizing homoeopathy as a method for dealing with the several issues the Gata Gorda farm is presenting.
Dealing with open-minded and environmentally aware individuals who want to try different things makes for a great start in my voyage. The biggest goal, nevertheless, is to come in contact with local farmers who make use of petro-chemicals and artificial and deranging means to the environment in their farms and suggest to them to implement the use of homoeopathy as an alternative and efficient means for managing crops and livestock. Suggesting change to their already-established mindsets could be somewhat of a challenge, but I shall remain open to whatever this agro-homoeopathic voyage will bring.
In this Agro-Homepathic expedition in Nicaragua I am working very close to Vaikuntanath das Kaviraj who is of the foremost pioneers of Agro-Homoeopathy and author of the book 'Homoeopathy for Farm and Garden.' Together with his guidance and expertise I am thrilled to be learning directly from this experience.
I have asked Liz to send me a list of the current issues in the farm, which I proceed to forwarded it to Kaviraj for his guidance. Below are the questions and answers from the first exchange:
As for the plant problems on the farm, bear with me! There are many.
The most troubling issue by far has been an infestation of leaf-cutter ants--they prey on our coffee, citrus and mango trees, and many others. The size of their nests and populations is terrifying!
Ants are best kept away by Marigold – Calendula and Tagetes erecta. They can be planted around the nests and can be used in potency to counteract their effects on plants. Water the roots of the plants affected.
Some kind of pest is also attacking my chayote, ayote, and all squash related plants--unfortunately I do not know the name; the adult is orange with black spots, similar to a ladybug, and eats large jagged bites out of the leaves.
Orange bug, as it is called, can be treated with Ricinus communis, which is a general vine protection remedy. Cantharis is another remedy that comes to mind.
Any and all tomato varieties that I have planted eventually get "early" or "late blight", a fungus that is the result of too much moisture.
Tomato problems are avoided by using Ocymum basilicum – planted in small numbers among the tomato plants – 1 to 10-15 tomatoes; alternatively use in potency to protect the tomatoes throughout the growing season.
My squash, cucumber, and melon have been decimated by another moisture-related fungus called "powdery mildew".
Powdery mildew can be treated with Silicea. On vine crops Ricinus communis is also useful.
On to a mysterious plague--both my red beans and pole beans as well as my bell peppers suffer from this; i have no idea if it is a pest or a disease, though i have never actually seen an insect on the affected plants. The leaves get a brownish concentric circle that gradually enlarges until the leaf, then the entire plant, dies.
Check the underside of the laves for pests – they usually hide there. However, this sounds like it is a fungal disease, for which you can use several remedies – Belladonna comes to mind or Aconite. Also you can use Ferrum phos or Ferrum sulph. Chamomilla is useful for beans.
I am to visit La Gata Gorda in a couple of days to bring some of the remedies listed and apply them. I shall be documenting the process and the progress with video and photos to have a clear idea of how the issues evolve.
Upcoming sub-topics within the research:
Mites in home dog, Termites in mango trees