Thursday, March 30, 2000, 9:57:33 PM, you wrote:
HL> About 20 years ago Fletcher Sims, Jr. of Canyon, Texas was doing
HL> large scale composting with the Pfeiffer Starter and he ran into
HL> problems with inconsistant quality of the Starter. A.., Czech
HL> emigree with an extraordinary education in microbiology and life
HL> science .., Dr. (Vaclav) Petrik isolated a wide variety of
HL> bacterial strains from the Pfeiffer Starter and built culture vats
So that's what Sal was referring to.
HL> using Reich's orgone accumulator techniques to culture these
HL> strains into highly supercharged bacteria.
Sorry, but I have to reserve judgment on that part. Bacterial strains
I can contemplate, but orgone accumulator techniques ...
HL> By and large bacterial cultures are a waste of time and money.
HL> However, Petriks were not. They really worked.
My reason for answering this is based my desire to clear up what I
think was a general misunderstanding of Bart Hall's reference to foo
foo dust etc. I understood him to mean that appropriate beneficial
microbial organisms will come in, colonize and proliferate better on
their own, if you feed them, and that this is more effective than
seeding your whole field with them; that the context, the basic
conditions that support building soil, the humus that's conducive to
the proliferation of the appropriate microbial populations, is the
more important factor. Beneficial microbials are foo foo dust when
they're out of context, when sold as commercial soil amendments that
are either unnecessary or not enough or both. The idea being that if
you provide the context, your microbials will be there.
However, I see nothing wrong with inoculating compost or seed (or
other propagative tissues), if the strain is effective for the
location and the material to be composted or the crop. But any
commercially available inoculant should clearly identify the strains
contained in it. (That accounts for the difference between Kefir and
yoghurt, for instance). Also, the cost should be commensurate with the
results achieved, as well as the costs of production and distribution.
In short, the efficacy of microbials used as inoculants are one thing,
and broadcasting them directly in the field is another matter.
HL> They were so charged up with life energies that they drew in more
HL> life energy very strongly.
That's a little hard to define. I sincerely think BD would do best to
ground their claims in measurable units. Otherwise, we're just talking
about preferences, and anyone can be emphatic. Defining the results as
well as possible would be more likely to induce anyone interested to
try it on his or her own.
HL> He developed a compost starter from these cultures called
HL> Petrik Laboratories has since done considerable work in Southeast
HL> Asia and may be marketing such a compost starter somewhere in your
HL> region. The last contact I had with Dr. Petrik was at 1506 Baylor
HL> Drive, Woodland, California 95695. Phones: 916 666-5746, 916
HL> 666-1157 or 916 666-6040. I hope this helps.
If you can yahoo you can find Petrik Laboratories:
It refers to "Petrik Dealerships around the world".
The following on Sal's website also turned up:
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