The way the seed strain for the Selke Organic,Biodynamic Cherry Tomato plant is fashioned (pictured at end of article) cannot be replicated by a genetically engineered seed company such as Monsanto. The reason for this is the primary cause of all life is the heavens. All plants and their seeds are materialized energy from specific cosmic constellations in conjunction with the planets. When you change the genetic structure of a plant seed it can't replicate its heavenly form in the proper way. The stars and planets are in reality angelic hierarchies. This is the key principle to biodynamic agriculture.

L.A. Rotheraine, Biodynamic Gardener


Evergreen Elm's Biodynamic Cherry Tomato Plant2012 Biodynamic Cherry Tomato
Era photo by Alan Hancock

From left, biodynamic gardeners Jim Oehler, L.A. Rotheraine, standing on ladder, Jeff Van Scooter and Brandi Buck stand in front of a 10 foot tall cherry tomato plant on Wednesday afternoon at the Evergreen Elm garden on Elm Street. Rotheraine claims it is the strongest tomato plant on the Planet Earth. “With all the billions of dollars that the genetic engineering seed companies spend, they cannot come close to producing the unique seed that Evergreen Elm makes to create this plant,” Rotheraine said. Evergreen Elm Executive Director Debbie Price said the agency has seeds available from the giant tomato plant. Donations would be accepted.

L. A. Rotheraine's
Organic Tomatoes
Biodynamics vs Monsanto

Organic Tomatoes vs Genetically Engineered Tomatoes


By L. A. Rotheraine

The speech on genetic engineering by the medical doctor/gardener became heated when I questioned him about his conclusion that genetically engineered seeds were superior to open pollinated seeds.

I said, "That's not true - genetics is only a secondary cause of life. Life comes from the heavens - cosmic space. This being the case the farther a seed becomes estranged from its heavenly origin the weaker, not better it becomes."

"Do you have anything better?" he asked.

"I have the three best strains of tomatoes on the planet." He had visited the garden where I work and knew I was telling the truth.

la rotheraine with tomato plant
Rotheraine's Organic Tomatoes ( Plant)

L.A. Rotheraine with a single Selke Biodynamic Cherry Tomato Plant. The plant comes from a special open-pollinated seed making process.

"The reason nobody can compete against the Biodynamic Agriculture System I use is because in Biodynamic Agriculture we not only enhance the soil but also the atmosphere in the garden. Science has forgotten life comes from the heavens and some of our biodynamic preparations enrich and enliven the atmosphere. You're only dealing with half a plant if you don't treat the aerial part it lives in just like you treat the soil."

Some members of Evergreen Elm's Biodynamic gardening team pose for us at their garden location in Bradford, PA on August 24th. The gardeners won big again in the August 2007 McKean County Fair competition. They won 24 first place blue ribbons, one third place white and two fourth place yellow ribbons out of 29 entries during the fair. Their Master Gardener, L.A. Rotheraine attributed their success this year to teamwork, hard work, and the Biodynamic Field and Garden Spray. Of the 24 blues, says Rotheraine, the most important for all biodynamic and organic growers throughout the world is the first place taken in the cherry tomato competition. Our Selke Biodynamic Cherry Tomato can become the standard bearer against the genetic engineering and terminator seed companies. It cannot be duplicated by the technology these companies use. Only the biodynamic agricultural science as deployed by Evergreen Elm and our special method of producing tomato seeds can create this superior plant.

"Oh, please!" he said. "Don't tell me that - I'm a scientist!"

I came back with Rudolf Steiner's wheat and Eiffel Tower example (see Robert Tubbs' illustration below):

tubbs' illustration

"Why can a strand of wheat, whose base is a ratio of about 1:400 of its height, withstand wind, rain and all types of elemental pressures, even be knocked down and stand up straight the following day? Tall buildings need a base height ratio of 1:10 to 1:20. There are airborne forces that raise, pull and hold plants like wheat."

"That's nonsense. Can you make a bolt-proof radish like the genetically engineered ones?" he countered.

I thought for a moment and said, "If I had the time and money I think I could. They would even be stronger and more nutritious than the genetically engineered ones."

He said something about it being cheaper and taking less time if it is genetically engineered.

I said something about genetically engineered seeds being sick because they've become estranged from their cosmic, heavenly origin.

Then, to my surprise, others in the audience started attacking genetically engineered seeds.

This was a Penn State Master-Gardening dinner for Northwestern Pennsylvania and the person who invited me to attend had already kicked me under the table three or four times to shut me up.

The lecture continued and the doctor went into genetically engineered humans. He said that the F1 (first generation) of genetically engineered humans would always replicate themselves.

Someone called out that you'd save a lot of money with F1, genetically engineered humans. "They'd be much better than non-union labor or slave labor. You could save a fortune in food expenses if they were properly engineered."

I thought back to Part I of Gardening, "Death" and Resurrection - (Lilipoh Winter/Spring 2000) and the Irish (Hibernian) Mysteries, Part VI. My mind wandered to the history of gardening and death, when something he was saying brought me back to his lecture. He was saying something about the polio vaccine, how they replicate it being similar to genetic engineering.

I raised my hand and asked if polio is a waterborne disease. He looked shocked and said, "Yes!"

I next asked him if there is such a thing as airborne diseases.

He looked shocked again and said, "Of course" and started naming some.

I interrupted him and said, "If diseases can be airborne, why can't nutrients and other invisible forces?"

He put his hands on his hips and just stared at me. The Penn State Extension Agent, who was running the dinner stood up and said, "That's enough, we're out of time", stopping the lecture.

Uncloved, solid head elephant garlic grows from regular elephant garlic cloves in the Elm Street Garden!

Era photo by Francie Long

Now that's an Organic Tomato Plant!

L.A. Rotheraine (at top of plant), Randy Johnson (middle) and Brandi Buck (right) supervisor, look over  the 10 1/2 foot organic, cherry tomato plant. If there is no frost in the near future, the plant could reach 12 to 13 feet tall with over 2,000 tomatoes on it.

The plant was grown at Evergreen Elm's garden on Elm Street and is an open pollinated Selke Biodynamic Cherry Tomato Plant.

Evergreen Elm has the only seed strain in the world for this species of plant.

The plant was cared for by Evergreen Elm's gardeners, particularly Robert Tubbs, who was in charge of all the Selke Cherry Tomato plants.

The Bradford Era

Rotheraine's Organic Tomatoes ( Plant)
L.A. Rotheraine with the Selke Biodynamic Cherry Tomato Plant

L.A. Rotheraine is a writer, lecturer and award winning Biodynamic Gardener in Bradford, Pennsylvania.

When I see genetically engineered seeds and chemically polluted farms and gardens I think back to the start of it all, when gardening was in the hands of humans that were taught by the Gods (Angels). Agricultural science is now in the hands of large chemical conglomerates such as Monsanto and their genetically altered seeds, designed for their chemical fertilizers and pesticides. The producers of these fertilizers and pesticides have become enchanted by economic profit; not caring or understanding that their products are poisoning the soil and water and turning earth into a moonscape. They have become enchanted in the matter of economic profit, and the power derived from it .

We received this email from a reader that is aware of the above:

I just read a very apt description of genetically-modified (GM) vegetables: Frankenfood. But what's scariest about GM crops is not simply that they are manipulating DNA, but that they are not testing it before they sell it to the public to be consumed!

Tell the FDA to take GM corn off the market until a 2-year study is done. >>

A recent study published in the International Journal of Biological Sciences has shown that three GM corn crops produced by Monsanto caused kidney and liver damage as well as some heart, adrenal, spleen and blood damage in rats.

This is some of the first news about this type of study because it is one of the first. The FDA allowed Monsanto to simply re-assure them that the foods were safe, and they were put on the market. Now we see that these foods are potentially hazardous to our health. This is a disgrace!

The FDA is putting the American people at risk. Tell them to put safety over profits. Act now! >>

Thank you for standing up for what's right.

rotheraine's organic tomatoes -
grown in old horse manure and garbage ( table scraps)

Rotheraine's Organic Tomatoes( Plant)
L.A. Rotheraine with the Selke Biodynamic Cherry Tomato Plant

Rotheraine's Organic Tomatoes ( Plant)
L.A. Rotheraine with the Selke Biodynamic Cherry Tomato Plant

rotheraine's organic tomatoes -
grown in old horse manure and garbage
(table scraps)


Selke Tomato Revisited

Bradford Journal Photo

This photo, taken September 17th, 2015 at Evergreen Elm’s Biodynamic Garden displays the size of what has become known as the Selke Biodynamic Cherry Tomato. Evergreen Elm named their famous Cherry Tomato species after Margrit Selke, whose biodynamic preparations enabled L.A. Rotheraine to make the special seeds that produces these giants. Left to right are Gardener Randy Johnson, Master gardener, L.A. Rotheraine, and Garden Supervisor Brandi Buck. On this occasion, L.A. Rotheraine was heard to say, “I love this plant!” “Its growth pattern far exceeds the growth expectation associated with tomato plants. Without some other type of influence, in this case heavenly (cosmic), the genes would not have expressed themselves with such superabundant growth.” His thoughts on the subject are more fully explained in this statement he made nearly a quarter of a century ago, “It is tragic that western agricultural science has forgotten about the energy interchange between the heavens (macrocosm) and earth (microcosm). Science knows that there are electromagnetic interchanges between the sun, moon and planets with the earth. It is only common sense to realize this interchange has to have an effect on plant growth.

Biodynamic agriculture gives us the opportunity to learn to harvest the energy from the whole universe - the opposite of atomic energy which works with the smallest aspect of matter. Atoms are only the result of heavenly activity. Biodynamics gives science a real intelligent design.” (L.A. Rotheraine) “For years we've been saying the older we get, the less we understand.

Rotheraine's explanations for what we are looking at when we see his giant tomato plant (Selke Biodynamic Cherry Tomato plant) is an example of this. The explanation may not be to our liking, but regular agricultural science does not have any other explanation for why the plant becomes so large despite the genetic limitations that normally are attributed to it" See "The Hibernian Mysteries”,
Grant Nichols,
Bradford Journal, February, 1992.


Copyright 2004 L.A. Rotheraine
First printed in Lilipoh