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.
Our June 2015 meeting covered microscopic soil analysis of indigenous micro organisms, IMO. We discovered and identified bacteria, fungus and nematodes. I brought in my 400x microscope to easily evaluate soil fertility based on biology. We recorded this lesson on how to use a microscope to validate your natural farming.
We are essentially looking for beneficial fungus. Aerobic, oxygen loving, soil building life forms, beneficial fungus, can be identified by looking for ‘tubes’ greater than 3.5 micrometers wide and darker in color. There should be one beneficial fungus per view when soil is around 600:600 bacteria:fungus ratio, ideal for most crops.
Identifying this beneficial fungus is a key indicator of natural farming success. The idea is to get these organisms to dwell deep within our soil. Bringing life and oxygen deep into the Earth and allowing plants lots of room to grow roots. Beneficial fungus harbor beneficial bacteria and healthy levels of nematodes. Good thing they are easy to see and increase with natural farming solutions!
Download the PDF of the Vinegar Presentation Slides
Seawater and Minerals (Audio Recording)
Fermented Sea Water
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
I recorded this month’s meeting on my “phone”
Natural Farming Hawai’i Meeting November 2011 (1hr6min mp3 format 7.9mb)
CGNF Hawai’i memberships
Kohala Natural Farming Leadership After Action Reports
Questions on Natural Farming
Makeolgoli Workshop After Action Report