Homa Ecological Farming Workshop at Technology Center For Sustainability, Santiago, Chile

 By Carolina Morales Pavez, Agricultural Engineer

       The Technological Center for Sustainability (CTS) invited the ‘Quintuple Sendero’ (Fivefold Path) Foundation to hold a workshop on Homa Ecological Farming, in its dependencies in the community Buin – situated in the Metropolitan Region. Continue reading “Homa Ecological Farming Workshop at Technology Center For Sustainability, Santiago, Chile”

Report of P.J. Joseph – Coconut

Art of Living International Campus
Bangalore
Karnataka, India

coconut

Report by P.J. Joseph, Asst. Director of Agriculture
District: Kasaragod
Kerala

24th August, 2004

  • I first visited the coconut gardens of the Art of Living International Campus, Bangalore on 15th August, 2004.
  • During my inspection I noticed severe attack of leaf eating caterpillar pest Nephantis cerenopa.
  • The leaves of most of the coconut palms were being eaten away by the caterpillars and the attack was fast spreading from the palms in the north portion to the southern region.
  • I recommended that they cut the severely affected leaves right away and burn them to release the parasite Bracorm brevicormis.
  • Meanwhile, the campus YLTP team had commenced Agnihotra in this area, at the instigation of Shri Shri Ravi Shankar.
  • On 18th August the leaves of some of the severely affected palms were cut down.
  • I inspected the leaves but could not find any larvae on them.
  • Further, I opened the cocoons to see the pupae, but I noticed that all the pupae were dead.
  • I then recommended to stop the cutting of the leaves.
  • I now certify that the coconut garden is free from leaf eating caterpillar, Nephantis cerenopa.

Engineer Fernando Valladares’ Story

Lima, Peru,
South America

papaya
powdery mildew
orange
white fly
earthworms

“Since I began with the practice of Agnihotra, I have seen that my plants become stronger and that they fructify better.”

“I have two gardens of a total area of approximately 30 square meters. Accidentally I applied Agnihotra ash on a sunflower plant and I observed the following day a positive strong effect and so I began to apply the ash to other plants and gradually increased its use until applying it almost daily. Maybe it is not necessary to apply it so frequently.”

“By combining the Agnihotra and its ash with my organic agriculture practices, I have found very good results and a visible improvement of the plants.”

“A very interesting example is the case of powdery mildew that attacks the papaya trees in Lima, due to the humidity and environmental contamination. I was trying hard to save some of my papaya plants from the powdery mildew that had attacked them. I applied horse tail extract, Neem extract and Chamomile. I also applied sulphur and lime powder, but I was not able to always eliminate this disease. The plants went from bad to worse and many died. So, one day I threw some Agnihotra ash on the two plants that were still alive but in a very bad state, actually ready to die. They healed in less than one week. They healed completely. This is very difficult because of the climate in Lima and the season of the year. Now, the plants are growing with lots of vigour. The Agnihotra ash has eradicated the powdery mildew completely from these papaya plants and also from the Cedar plant. This has surprised me very much.”

Cedar and Papaya plants healed completely from powdery mildew with Homa Therapy

The little orange tree recovered quickly from the ‘sooty bark’ when treated with Homa Therapy

“I have a little orange tree that was attacked by the white fly, which produces ‘sooty bark.’ This also introduces a virus that makes the leaves pale. Before I had applied various organic insecticides, but without achieving good result. Every time I stopped the application, the infestation proliferated again. Now, I have applied powdered Agnihotra ash daily and the white fly has almost disappeared (only 5% is left). And this has happened during summer time, which is the most difficult season to control the plagues and it happened just in a few weeks of applying Homa Therapy. Due to my daily practice of Agnihotra, the plants are sprouting and produce many new buds. When I did the Agnihotra fire right next to the plant and left the pyramid there during the day, the orange tree recovered quickly, showing more vigour and this was a pleasant surprise.”

“In a yellow pepper plant, the effect of Agnihotra was also very noticeable. Agnihotra was done near her, and she filled herself with fruits. Only once in a while she gave some few fruits. Now she is loaded; she has 13 fruits and she looks very beautiful.”

“I have Payco (native plant of Peru) that has surprised me how it has grown. This growth coincided with the beginning of the practice of Agnihotra in my house. Usually, these plants do not grow so much. This plant is also used to prepare a green soup and to eliminate intestinal parasites and it also has a very pleasant aroma.”

“I have a ‘slipper gourd’ plant and its fruits were attacked by a plague when they were still tiny and they dried up. When I began to apply the Agnihotra ash, the plant healed 100%. She had an abundant production of fruits, even though it was out of season.”

The ‘slipper gourd’ had an infestation and the fruit dried up before it could ripen.

Healthy and abundant ‘slipper gourd’ fruits with Homa Therapy

“I have also noticed that my organic vegetable garden is attracting the little birds. Like we know in organic agriculture, these are the controllers of insects and plagues. So I have noticed that the little birds are eating the lice and worms off the plant with more efficiency than before. Before, I took off the worms manually from the broccoli, but now I leave them there, because they are food for the little birds, which come every day. My bio-garden is a special place. The little birds sing more than ever before. Since I began with Agnihotra, their song has become more beautiful. It seems to be a choir of birds. Before they sang early in the morning or at dusk, but now they sing very strong in any given moment.”

“The Geranium plants have increased their quantity of flowers. I also have many ornamental plants like roses, which have produced a much bigger quantity of flowers; it seems to be a vase of roses with a very special fragrance. Another plant is the “Alyssum” or “Virgin’s Mantel”, a species that attracts beneficial insects. Also the yellow ivy and many other ornamental plants are benefitting from the practice of Homa Therapy.”

I also have a fruit-bearing native species of Peru, called “Capulí” or “Water Blanket”, which has increased its fructification and was healed of a virosis in the leaves, soon after beginning Agnihotra in my house.

A home made Homa earthworm bed, something that could inspire us to copy. This way we always have good soil for plants.

“I have had several earthworm beds for several years, where I produce vermicompost. By applying Agnihotra ash to the earthworm beds, the first very obvious effect I noticed was that the process of the decomposition of the organic material is much faster. This vermicompost now has a very pleasant fragrance. The earthworms have also slightly increased their size and their reproductive apparatus is anatomically better developed.”

“Recently I started applying the Agnihotra ash solution and I have already been able to observe its repellent effect on the cockroaches that are in my biogarden. Before it was very difficult to control them, since there are many hiding places for them.”

Engineer Godofredo Garcia Perez’ Report

Piura, Peru
South America

mango

“We continue progressing with the Homa Therapy on our farm with good results. The mango variety ‘Kent’ flowered late but it did flower and this is the reason that the harvest will be late, but with a very good projection.”

“The neighboring farms flowered very little or they did not flower at all in most cases.”

Engineer Irma Jimenez’ Report

Homa Farm: El Aromo
Piura, Peru
South America

cow pea
powdery mildew

“We have a National Program for plague control, for which I make evaluations. I am a professional and objective person and now I was able to evaluate the good results with Homa Therapy.”

“From the time I started these evaluations, I did them with a scientific approach.
In this case we are talking about the Farm ‘El Aromo’ in the valley of Alto Piura.”

“We began the evaluations in the cultivation of the beans variety ‘cow pea’ and the results were truly surprising. I observed that there was an infestation of powdery mildew in ‘El Aromo,’ but with insignificant percentage, which began to attack to the cow pea. But simultaneously a bio-control program was initiated exclusively with Lady Beetles that feed on the powdery mildew fungus. That truly surprised me. In ‘El Aromo’ just by the methods of Homa Therapy the production reached 4000 kg per hectare approximately.”

“At the same time in the area of Chauchape cultivation with cow pea was also undertaken and evaluations were made. Then I began to compare: Chauchape had 100 hectares of cow pea under the same climatic conditions. The disease powdery mildew also attacked in Chauchape. These gentlemen worked with an agricultural company, they grew everything with chemical fertilizers. Due to financial problems they suspended their chemical applications and they had ZERO production.”


From left: Homa Technician, Lidia Ato, Engineer Irma Jiménez and owner of “El Aromo” Mr. Klaus Mucke.

Maria Panta’s Story

Homa Farm: Superior Technological Institute of Sullana
Ceneguillo, Sullana
Piura, Peru
South America

citrus
papaya
cotton
beans

“I am director of the Superior Technological Institute of Sullana. In spite of not practicing at all the Om Tryambakam Homa, only Agnihotra, we have been able to observe in a short time control of pests and diseases in our plantations and cultivations.”

“There is a reduction in the attack of the “Acarus del Tostado” in citrus fruits.”

“The papaya cultivation that we have planted, when we started Homa Therapy is completely healthy. There are no pests or diseases in this plantation.”

“I have visited our adjacent cotton field and it is totally healthy. There is a lot of biological control. An absolute (100%) control is observed over plagues and diseases.”

“The bean cultivation is totally healthy, it has developed a natural, biological control. We previously have had always problems with this cultivation. The last cultivation was attacked at the end with powdery mildew, even though we sowed it with manure, used fertilizers and pesticides.”

“Also for the first time we have observed our sheep jumping the fence the same day they are born, because they are bigger and have more vitality, even though through the economic crisis we are not able to give them any supplementary food concentrate or anything of that style. And we have had only females.”