2016 Korean Natural Farm Tour

I was able to visit with Cho Young-San and Master Cho Han-Kyu in October 2016. We visited a lot of operational and test farms implementing different degrees of Korean Natural Farming.

I brought along my ipad and captured as much video of the operations as I could. Below is the playlist (meaning multiple videos) of them on youtube.

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.

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.

 

March 2012 Meeting Minutes (Audio)

36 natural farmers met March 13th 2012 at the Aupuni Center in Hilo Hawai’i.

On the Agenda:

  • Yurek Chodak talking about his experience and results of using natural farming soil foundation on his orchard in Peepeeke’o.
  • Kaika of Dragon Eye Farms reporting on her natural farming chicken operation using Master Cho’s poultry system in Kapoho.
  • Drake on making Fermented Plant Juice

Download and listen to the audio recording of the meeting as an MP3 file

Egg Yolk Oil (Recipe)

Master Cho told a story of an old Japanese woman giving him this recipe for “All the terrible things the Japanese have done to the Korean people”, and perhaps it has enough mystical power to mend all that hardship. Make some and find out for your self.

Method

  • Cook a dozen egg yolk on medium heat.
  • When they are golden brown and “ready to eat”, turn up the heat to high.
  • Break egg into small particles.
  • Continue heating until oil releases, press oil from egg and remove from heat.
  • Store oil in a jar in the medicine cabinet.

Takes 20~30 minutes of high heat until oil releases. Make sure to have plenty of ventilation.

It’s been known to sprout cooked beans if used properly.

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?

Master Cho Certification Course

What a blast it was! Over 50 people attended Master Cho’s Cho Global Natural Farming Certification Course held July 12-16th in Makapala Kohala Hawai’i.

Master Cho’s revolutionary techniques are so effective that large chemical companies have threatened his life. Why? Because with Cho Global Natural Farming anybody can grow food without buying any fertilizers or pesticides.

Master Cho, founder of Korean Natural Farming and CGNF

Cho teaches farming in harmony with Nature. Start with a soil foundation made with micro organisms and other edible high quality ingredients that can be easily manufactured on the farm. Then as the plant grows, know what nutrients to give, again, all made right on the farm. Certain sprays are applied when the plant is fruiting and another when you want vigorous growth.

Jenny Bach of the Big Island Bee Keepers Association cooking up an Egg Yolk Oil miracle cure
Eric Weinert and Jeno putting good vibes into Natural Farming inputs
Egg Yolk Oil making up close
Master Cho giving us the insight on Natural Farming Livestock

Fifty certified Cho Global Natural Farming are now able to verify precisely what Cho teaches to achieve amazing results. A group of teachers, researchers, farmers from all over the Island Chain as well as Los Angeles came together to participate in the first Natural Farming Certification in the Western Hemisphere. Natural Farming is the starting point of an anonymous revolution to transform the food supply back into the hands of the people.

Myag with a perfect IMO#1
Ju Young Cho inspecting our IMO#3 piles. Too much moisture. Too much groupthink, how come nobody turned the piles?

Cho’s message is love. Love your plants, love your inputs, love your wife, and choose life. Nature will build one inch of living a soil every two hundred years if left to it’s own merit, and with Cho Global Natural Farming, a diligent human can complete the same process in six months. When cooperating with Nature, a farmer can build soil four hundred times faster leaving lasting fertility and resulting in abundant harvests at minimal costs and reduced labor. Natural Farming is the love Cho is talking about.

Doctor Park, Master Cho and Bachelors of Science in Computer Science Drake are taking Natural Farming to the next level!

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.