Micro Biology of IMO Natural Farming

Our June 2015 meeting covered microscopic soil analysis of indigenous micro organisms, IMO. We discovered and identified bacteria, fungus and nematodes. I brought in my 400x microscope to easily evaluate soil fertility based on biology. We recorded this lesson on how to use a microscope to validate your natural farming.

nfscience.008We are essentially looking for beneficial fungus. Aerobic, oxygen loving, soil building life forms, beneficial fungus, can be identified by looking for ‘tubes’ greater than 3.5 micrometers wide and darker in color. There should be one beneficial fungus per view when soil is around 600:600 bacteria:fungus ratio, ideal for most crops.

Identifying this beneficial fungus is a key indicator of natural farming success. The idea is to get these organisms to dwell deep within our soil. Bringing life and oxygen deep into the Earth and allowing plants lots of room to grow roots. Beneficial fungus harbor beneficial bacteria and healthy levels of nematodes. Good thing they are easy to see and increase with natural farming solutions!

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Introduction to Natural Farming- James Rushing Hawaii Community College

Published on Sep 29, 2014

This is an introduction to the SCIENCE behind the popular agriculture technique called Natural Farming, which utilizes indigenous microorganisms and plant and animal based agricultural by-products to produce unique amendments. These techniques use the natural biological pathways found in forested systems and replicates them in the agricultural field and in livestock pens. James doesn’t put labels on these techniques and is an academic who isn’t concerned with profiting off of these systems and the education behind the practices, so he provides an unbiased, science based analysis of these techniques.

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The Secret to No Smell is Aerobic Composting

Composting toilets use aerobic, meaning oxygen loving, microbes to decompose waste into clean water and scentless carbon dioxide gas. Stink arises when microbes are deprived of oxygen and begin to produce methane, ammonia and rotten egg smelling gasses.

The clivus multrum design facilitates oxygen rich conditions by draining away liquids.

In relation to Natural Farming, we produce facultatively anaerobic microbes such as Lactic Acid Bacteria that will aid in maintaining oxygen rich environment for this composting system.

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Hawai’i Agriculture Baseline 2015

Jeff Melrose presented on the mapping protocols being used to collect and identify all agriculture in the islands of Hawai’i.

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13 Week Kalo Trial: Success 2x Bigger

Lehua blew petroleum farming away with edible natural farming methods. 13 week trial shows NF can outperform expensive (environmental and economical) alternatives. she started as a skeptic, but persisted, and even convinced the teacher of the merits we all know and love.

living soil. living people. loving life.

long live the natural farmer!

Presentation: PDF of the slides, Audio recording

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No-smell, no clean pigs – May 2015

No smell, no flies, no cleaning, no problems pig pens, a.k.a. Inoculated Deep Litter Systems, were the topic of the May 2015 Natural Farming Hawai’i meeting and potluck. For over 5 years over a dozen operations have proven why this is the NRCS best practice for swine waste management plans, because there’s nothing to clean up! All the waste is digested right on the living floor reducing labor and eliminating the need for water.

Check out the slides from the presentation for your further review.

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Science: Natural Farming & Indigenous Solutions

This lesson was presented as in “Intro to Natural Farming” to an audience of experienced petroleum based farmers. It is an overview of the solutions natural farmers use as tools to assist plant and microbial growth. The later part the talk briefly goes into soil biology theory highlighting how crops we are typically trying to grow prefer fungal dominant soils, and reasons for using natural farming to build depth and soil diversity.

Natural Farming Hawai’i is well known for its scientific approach to increasing soil fertility and plant health. We use microscopic analysis to back up and validate all living soil solutions. Our all edible solutions are based on the most cutting edge biological research in soil science. Anybody with access to a 400x powered microscope may validate our theory themselves, and we encourage you to do so.

The following slides and video are an overview of the system presented for an experienced audience. Each solution is detailed in other videos. Aloha!

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Medicine & Oriental Herbal Nutrient (OHN) April 2015

Oriental Herbal Nutrient recipe, which consists of tincturing garlic, ginger, licorice, cinnamon and angelica, was covered at the April 2015 Natural Farming Hawai’i meeting. These 5 traditional healing herbs have been effective medicine for countless generations. Learn how to integrate and apply this recipe and other medicinal tinctures in your natural farming practice.

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Indigenous Micro Organisms – March 2015 Meeting

Clean water, clean air, healthy food, it all starts with robust life cycling nutrients in functioning subsoil systems. Indigenous Micro Organisms are the original life that has been working for countless generations to purify our Earth’s surface, and they can do it again, in record speed with our help.

Indigenous Micro Organisms were the topic of the March 2015 Natural Farming Hawai’i Meeting and Potluck. Drake has been intentionally working with IMO since mid 2008 and has combined the knowledge of Master Cho, Gil Carandang and Elaine Ingham along with other cutting edge research in fermentation and beneficial micro organism propagation.

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Edible & Medicinal Mushrooms – Grow At Home

Zach Mermel sharing his knowledge of edible and medicinal mushroom cultivation.

March 2015

Natural Farming Hawai’i Monthly Potluck

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