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.