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Advice from Hugh Courtney on restoring soil after fire

Hugh Courtney (founder of Earth Legacy Agriculture and the Josephine Porter Institute) has offered this advice for us to share with farmers and gardeners affected by fire:

After pondering the effect of fire on the soil, I believe the following regimen (more or less as a sequential spray in very short order) would be very restorative: ELA Field Activator, BD #501g, and finally, BD #508 (fermented recipe). On a given field, application could be within a two or three day period, preferably when the Moon is in the constellation Virgo. BD #500XP could be substituted for the Field Activator. Past experience indicates that a flooded field will breathe (drain) faster when the Yarrow preparation is applied separately. I will continue to examine the situation to determine if an alternate approach is called for for wildfire damaged soils.

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Soil remediation

Thanks for the very helpful suggestions. But there is a most critical element not addressed, hope you can help in some way.
Residents have been warned by fire officials that the ash that has coated the land is extremely toxic. It has been suggested that the top 12" of soil be removed and taken to a landfill.
Some folks practicing BD methods or with some acquaintance are hoping to use what you suggest, and that that will suffice. It seems likely that we are faced with something we've not faced before.
Suggestions are desperately needed, and soon. Thanks.

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Thanks for noting that very

Thanks for noting that very important issue. We'll see if we can get further advice for you. 

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Toxic ash and remediation

One of the factors that makes recovery from these fires challenging is that it is not just land that has burned, but thousands of buildings. When homes, garages, warehouses, and other structures burn, especially with the temperatures of these recent fires exceeding 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, all of the building materials, appliances, furniture -- everything that was in the building -- is reduced to ash. I have seen this personally with my grandmother's house that burned -- one of the photos of the fire on our home page. Unfortunately, many of these materials were manufactured using heavy metals and toxic chemicals, and so the ash at the sites of those buildings can be highly toxic.

A factor that makes the situation even more pressing is that we are heading into winter in California, which will bring heavy rains and strong winds that will wash and blow toxins from any ash that is not removed or contained into surface and groundwater.

I would strongly urge anyone who has a building that has been burned to take action to remove and contain that ash as quickly as possible. Immediate help is available to landowners from the EPA

I think Hugh's suggested protocol is a great way to bring healing to the land after toxic ash has been removed from building sites, as well as for soils that have been burned that are not adjacent to buildings and soils that were not burned but experienced heavy smoke and ash from the air during the fires.

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Further advice from Hugh Courtney

Hugh Courtney has offered this further advice:

I would say treat the soil as often as once a month with the preparations (all nine in some form as in a sequential spray), tilling in if possible (to a depth of no more than six inches), and then see what an analysis tells you. In my effort to scope out whether one of the individual compost preparations could serve as a spray on fire ravaged land (akin to Yarrow on flood soaked land as previously mentioned) the most likely candidate would seem to be Valerian, although I am also strongly drawn to Stinging Nettle. At this point either of those would be simply speculation. In conversation with others concerned about this situation, one suggestion was made to add Discorea Batata homeopathic pillules (3 per 5 gallons) to each spray being applied. This remedy is available from Uriel Pharmacy. Have not tried this myself, so I can not say what, if any, effect this might have. At this point it is worth trying almost anything. 

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Remediation of the soil after the Northern California Fires

Has anyone communicated with Paul Stamets at http://www.fungi.com/ with his work remediating toxic environments? I am thinking about the Fukishima disaster and how mushrooms began to colonize the damaged nuclear reactor tanks. Wondering too if anyone has taken the ash for an analysis to see the toxics that are in the ash and at ground level? Another suggestion is to use agnihotra ash to transmute the toxics. If anyone has interest in that potential remedy let me know and I can put you in touch with the folks that provide the agnihotra tools and know the agnihotra practitioners that are in the Northern California area.

I can only think that if there was something that would provide an electrical charge between the ash and It,that could be another potential method to remove the ash. I would think that it is very important to wear a proper mask when doing this work recalling that many became sick after 9-11 due to the toxic fumes they were breathing. I understand that this particular type of mask is available from Walgreens. One more thought is that the hemp companies are utilizing the hemp for oil slicks and cleanup after environmental disasters. Not sure if it would work in this case.
Regarding the Dioscorea batatas preparation...In my experience I have found it appropriate and healing to stir and spray this remedy prior to laying down the other preparations as it seems to set up a unified field for the others to catch in the atmosphere and in the soil. In this case I would spray it both in the atmosphere in fine droplets as one would with 501 and with heavy drops on the earth as with barrel compost or 500. After that the BD preparations.

Finally the power of prayer cannot be underestimated in this tragedy and "to trust in the ever present help of the spiritual world." Prayers all around.

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