Rateaver was a writer, educator and world authority on the subject
of the organic method for growing plants. She 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..
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 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 dealing in low volume, specialty books.
Her interests included the flora of Madagascar and the worldwide
promotion of the organic method for plant culture. She passed away
in September, 2006.