A fascinating Ted -X presentation by Gerald Pollack of Guelph University. I think Viktor Schauberger would have approved (although grudgingly, as he was suspicious of academics).
Message from Klara at Fountain Hill:
One of the girls loved your Phoenix hoe so much that she said to her mum that she will help at home in the garden if she can be using similar tool. We REALLY LOVE your tools. Thank you very much!!!!!!! As we live in west Wales it rains alot = happy fat slugs. So I hoe with your toools around cougettes, young comfrey and all the other plants slugs would love and until now it worked. Our very free range chickens love the slugs too.
Frau Schauberger, Viktor’s daughter-in-law and Walter’s widow, died early this morning at the age of 101.
She was an extraordinary lady. I first met her when she was in her mid-eighties. She was sharp, intelligent and articulate. She dedicated her life to promoting the work of her father-in-law and then her husband. Here is the transcript of an interview I did with her in 2004.
I feel richer for having known her.
A recent thread on mumsnet.com (requesting ideas for a birthday gift for a person who loves gardening):
“… has she got one of these? It’s a Nunki copper weeding tool. Bronze with a curved beech handle. My sister, who has every gardening tool in the armoury, recently got one of these simple but lethal gadgets and says it is a game changer. And looks beautiful too. Just kind of grubs out weeds without leaving any root behind. £29. Perfect.?”
(Full link here, But it will be removed after 90 days: https://www.mumsnet.com/…/2930598-Quick-what-can-I-get-for-…)
IET’s areas of research are inspired by the work of Viktor Schauberger, as are our tools.
From the email invitation:
You are invited to participate in the 8th International Workshop on
Natural Energies (IWONE 2017), Friday August 4th – Sunday August 6th,
2017, at Höör (outside Malmö) in Sweden.
With two years since the last IWONE in 2015, it is time for a new
opportunity to present and discuss unconventional research in an open and relaxed atmosphere.
IWONE is a workshop covering non-traditional ways to affect water flow,
water quality, plants, weather and eco-systems, as well as
non-traditional alternative energy sources. Historically the workshop
has had a focus on ideas related to the Austrian naturalist Viktor
Schauberger. The workshop is organized by Institute of Ecological
Technology (IET) – a non-profit foundation and distributed
self-organizing research institute, situated in Sweden.
Focus areas for IWONE 2017 will be:
* Non-traditional alternative energy sources
* Alternative water flow
* How to structure alternative research on water
Message from customer Henry in Worcestershire:
“I lost my castor trowel in a compost heap at work for half a year and it came out pretty much as good as new (except with quite a patina to it). So you can sell them as compost heap/forgetful gardener proof!”
(And if the handle is worse for wear after its journey through the compost heap, we supply replacement handles.)
Elle Decoration magazine asked 16 top style influencers to choose the one item they would not be without. We are very proud that Dan chose the Hydra Hoe.
“I keep thinking I don’t need any more tools but I always find one when I have a few extra dollars, and I love them like pets. Even if all the claims made about them are not true, it makes a huge difference to me to be using a tool of such beauty, made by hand and with “history” you might say, and with that attitude it seems everything in the garden thrives.”
from an email from customer Kathryn, contemplating her next order. The exchange rate is good for US customers at the moment, by the way!
Charles Dowding has long been a champion of our tools (as well as championing organic growing and no-dig vegetable growing). His latest book has just been published. More info here.