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.

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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Electron Microscope IMO, Fermented Animal Feed, Vinegar – Feb2015 Potluck

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Soil Science Bacteria : Fungus Ratio Guide

scienceposterA fun chart to show how plants are related to the biological ratios.

For instance, if I go into a thriving forest, a natural grove of trees, there will be 800 parts fungus to 500 parts bacteria by biomass present. So when I go to plant a grove of fruit trees, I want to match the forest soil biology for the roots to be comfortable. If I grow grass beneath my trees, the biology will be around 10 parts bacteria and zero parts fungus, this is not compatible! Stress is a natural result.

The remedy offered by CHO IMO#4 is concentrated fungal spores to jumpstart your field fungal ratio, go from zero to 800 in 4 weeks! Your plants will be more comfortable and visibly healthy in a soil environment that matches their native habitat.