2015 Natural Farming Symposium: Day 2

11952719_10156010201360010_6241160174763553853_oHawai’i Farmers Union United – East Hawai’i Chapter organized the 2015 Natural Farming Symposium in Hilo, October 1st-3rd.

Download the PDF of the First Annual Natural Farming Symposium – Program Booklet. This document shows the schedule of speakers and panels that took place during the symposium.

The second day opened up with Vince Mina introducing us to his farm’s method of producing natural farming inputs. A flat spade is invaluable to his operation. Simple tools make natural farming a practical solution for a growing world.

Majority of the Second day was panels. I recorded them audibly and will update this post with them here as the become available.

The day finished up with visible evidence of natural farming improving ‘soil tilth’. This can be measured in many ways, and Dr. Kun Hui Wei uses a variety of methods to quantify the results such as biological nematode populations, soil penetrometer tests, records of harvests and salable yields, and shows the results of several test comparisons of conventional, organic and natural farming in Hawai’i.

 

Natural Farming Solutions

August 2015 Natural Farming Hawai’i Meeting in Hilo. Natural Farming Solutions was the topic discussed and the Maintenance solution recipe was given as 1 part OHN, 2 parts FPJ and 2 parts Vinegar (Banana preferred) combined, then diluted 20mL per gallon of water and sprayed every 7-11 days on plants optimally around sunset or used as a drench to clean up pollutants by revitalizing beneficial soil micro biology.

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Creating a Healthier Soil Environment

10498647_10202374597951953_2066752715033437539_oI gave a talk on applying Natural Farming methods to macnut orchard crops in Hawai’i at the 47th annual Hawai’i Mac Nut Association meeting.

Creating a Healthier Soil Environment – HMNA NF Hawai’i PDF of presentation slides

Dr. Jonathan Deenik on Soils of Hamakua (Audio and Slides)

Big Love to Practical Agriculture for Hamakua assembling such an all star cast of knowledgeable agriculturists to share their information to the public. Here is Dr. Jonathan Deenik talking about the soils of Hamakua. Really fun lecture, such an enthusiastic presentation of a crucial subject beneath our feet. Probably applicable to anybody on volcanic soils, but especially those on the windward sides.

Download the PDF of the presentation slides

Dr. Jeff Tomberlin on Black Soldier Flies

IMAG1722Your chickens on soldier flies. In just two weeks of feeding a diet supplemented by Black Soldier Flies, Robert Olivier of Compost Mania is able to increase the egg size by jaw dropping proportions. The egg on the far left is from the store, the egg in the middle was from before enriching the diet, and the egg on the right is now the common size from the flock.

Soldier flied may be the answer you are looking for in your poultry’s diet. Check out the full lecture by Professor Jeff Tomberlin of Texas A&M University given in Hilo Hawai’i on March 13th 2013.