Micro Biology of IMO Natural Farming

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.

nfscience.008We 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!

PDF of Presentation Slides

Dr. Elaine Ingham speaking on Microbial Balance and Healthy Soils (Audio)

Dr. Elaine Ingham is a world renowned researcher advocating healthy soil as a function of biology and living soil as the key to fertility. Dr. Ingham gave a four hour presentation on her vacation to Hawai’i to the Natural Farming group to share the science of the soil discovered by the Rodale Institute. This treasure of information adds a tasty perspective to Master Cho’s divine implementation and strategic use of microorganisms.

Living soil = Health

Thanks Khadiga for encouraging Elaine to share.

First part of the talk: http://cl.ly/1C0t2E1E0y0z3M3l452E

Second part of the talk: http://cl.ly/1G2r0205343e0l2d3c0A