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Dr. Bargyla Rateaver, organic pioneer
Dr. Bargyla Rateaver was a writer, educator and world authority on the subject of the organic method for growing plants.
She pioneered the teaching of the organic method of plant culturing for university and transfer degree credit. Her textbook, "The Organic Method Primer" was the world's first formal textbook on the subject. She also wrote numerous journal articles for the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation Journal, including: ORGANIC GARDENING--The Creators Way, ENZYMES FOR YOUR GARDEN, INDOOR AND CONTAINER GARDENING, RANCIDITY IN RICE, SEAWEED AND THE GARDEN, WATER CULTURE VS. THE SOIL, ORGANIC METHOD PRIMER, THE ORGANIC METHOD, FALL AND WINTER SOIL BUILDING, and CONSERVATION GARDENING FOR THE BUSY PROFESSIONAL.
Dr. Bargyla Rateaver held degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Michigan. She was granted an Eminence Credential by the California State Department of Education in 1969, a rare, and unique-to-California credential requiring the holder to be nationally and internationally known for expertise in the subject, and allows the holder to teach that subject anywhere, at any class in California.
Dr. Rateaver taught in more than a dozen institutions. The author of three books, columns and articles in more than a dozen periodicals, she was also the founder and principal in "The Rateavers", a small publishing company in San Diego dealing in low volume, specialty books: publishing on organic methods of farming and gardening and home economics; provided a consulting service and outreach through direct mail, personal appearances, radio and television.
Her interests included the flora of Madagascar and the worldwide promotion of the organic method for plant culture. She passed away in September, 2006.