Much of Australia has been
going through a prolonged period of drought for the last several years. I spent
a month and a half giving ORMUS lectures in Australia during
October-November 2008. Here are some plant related reports from my time there:
After my first presentation in Queensland, I was
contacted by a gentleman who said he had a radish in his garden which was as
big around as a CD. He offered to drive me to his place to see this radish and
I took some pictures of it which you can see at:
These radishes were grown with second generation seeds that
he collected from his ORMUS garden last year. He said that his giant radishes
were not "woody" and that they tasted very good.
This gentleman also had built some ORMUS traps simply by
following the instructions on my web site. These traps were quite rewarding to
see since I always like to be able to show people traps, which have been built
locally, when I give my presentations. You can see two of the traps he built
My presentation in Perth happened at
a place called the City Farm. See:
The "City Farm is an organic community garden,
education and network centre that operates on permaculture
principles". Inspired by the opportunity to talk to a good number of
farmers in the City Farm network, I moved my Wet Method demo and my ORMUS Plants
slide show to Sunday. This worked very well as many people at the Sunday
presentation came specifically for this info.
All of my time in Australia coincided
with some significant global and local changes. The global economic changes and
the American presidential elections stimulated my desire to see some evidence
that ORMUS might help people get through the tough times that might be coming.
The drought that Australia has been
enduring for the last few years also stimulated a desire to see some evidence
that ORMUS might help plants to make it through severe weather conditions. This
desire was also expanded by my hope to eat another salad from my home garden
despite the fact that there have been 26 freezes in Baker City since I
left on October first.
My desire to see some evidence of ORMUS helping out under
drought conditions was fulfilled when Alfred Goolsbee
showed up at my Melbourne workshop.
His new information about plants given ORMUS during drought conditions was so
significant that I asked him to give a short talk about it during my Melbourne workshop.
Alfred told us about some plants he had that were given some sea water
precipitate ORMUS and survived serious drought conditions when accidentally
left in a closed greenhouse without water. You can read more about how the
ORMUS plants survived this ordeal and the non ORMUS plants did not on Alfred's
web site at:
and you can
read about a controlled experiment with sprouts at:
By the time I got to my last weekend presentation in Canberra, I was
feeling quite hopeful that ORMUS might help to mitigate all of the world's food
problems including drought. Throughout my sojourn in Oz I had regularly
encountered people who were interested in using ORMUS in agriculture as well as
using it for consciousness expansion and building community. Frankly, I kinda expected my last presentation to be a bit
anticlimactic after all the superlative things that happened at the previous
I am happy to report that some of the best news about ORMUS
in Australia came during
my Canberra workshop.
Rob Gourlay, an environmental scientist and founder
of the Environmental Research & Information Consortium (ERIC) told us about
how he has been combining Effective Microorganisms (EM) and ORMUS in some of
the ERIC products and Australian farmers have started asking him "where is
all the water coming from?" after using this product.
Sharon Rose, who helped set up this Australian tour, first
acquainted me with EM back in 2001 and she has been touting the benefits of
mixing EM and ORMUS ever since then. Sharon noticed
that magnetic trap ORMUS "liked to hang out" in the carbon filter before
going into the trap and she used the Effective Microorganisms to extract the
ORMUS from these "clogged" filters. Rob speculates that the increased
ORMUS in the soil increases carbon sequestration and that the EM organisms play
a major role in this process. He also claims that the carbon, in turn, stores
more water and nutrients for later release to the plants. You can read more
about this on Rob's web site at:
Rob does not mention on his site that sea water ORMUS is the
"secret ingredient" in his soil preparations.