Black Soldier Flies Presentation by Robert Olivier

Robert Olivier, founder of CompostMania.com, gave two presentations at the Natural Farming Hawai’i Monthly Meeting for October. We video recorded both sessions so you can share this valuable information with friends and farmily. You can find out more about Robert on facebook.com/composting and twitter.com/composting

The basic idea is that Black Soldier Flies (BSF) can make up to 1/3 of an animals feed. This is huge in Hawai’i because we can grow the other 2/3 very easily with Natural Farming Methods. Also, we no longer have to bury food waste in the landfill with Robert’s BioPod Technology. Slaughterhouse waste and other agricultural waste streams can be turned directly into nutritious insect protein.

Robert eases the County problem of waste, turns trash into cash for commercial operations, and even has a home sized unit to feed a clutch of chickens in the backyard. Check out both videos and let the grubs go to work for you.

Presentation 1: Why Raise Insect Protein

Presentation 2: How to raise Black Soldier Flies

Thanks for the full house plus more. Go Hawai’i Ag!

PS, where the young people at?

Chicken Feed Workshop at Kaiao (Recipe, Photos, Video)

On Saturday January 15th 2011, Kim Chang presented Chicken Feed Workshop at Kaiao Community Garden in Hilo. Kim has been feeding 42 egg laying hens for the past year incorporating the tactics of Master Cho’s Natural Farming learned from the master in Korea here in Hawai’i.

The basic feed recipe is

  • 30% fresh greens
  • 30% any fruits, sweet potato, left over food, imo4
  • 30% store feed
  • 10% fermented feces of the floor

Kim’s spending about $60 a month right now on the store feed. Perhaps it can be eliminated by replacing it with a local grown feedstock, like amaranth? Please experiment, Kim says. She feeds her chickens many weeds and hopes to gradually reduce the amount of imported feed while sustaining egg production of about 70%. See the video for the whole presentation.