Wow. Where to begin? As a person fresh into the KNF scene the principles may seem foreign and the minutia of details incredible. It has been found however, there are some basic concepts that the world over is familiar and with that in mind, we’ve created the Beginners Guide to KNF.
A Defining Moment in Life
KNF stands for Korean Natural Farming. A farming method that deals primarily with Indigenous Micro Organisms, the living creatures in the soil that range in diversity and function. To maintain modern food productivity plants and soil life are periodically fed KNF Solutions made from plant, animal and mineral extracts diluted with water according to specific formulas to grow naturally nutrient dense produce. KNF is also famous for no-smell smell, no-cleaning pigs and chickens.
This beginners guide is designed to be a short and sweet introduction to orient you to the system and language of KNF.
KNF Starts with Soil Life
A second type of microbe is used in KNF called KNF Police. This microbe keeps the whole galaxy in order and can rectify any chaos that arrises to a certain degree. Beware, applying inappropriate amounts of the KNF Police can be expensive.
Rich Soil is Well Fed Soil
The whole microbial economy is based on food. Want a rich productive soil? Ensure there is enough of the right kind of food at the right time and the microbes will repay you handsomely. They are working on your behalf!
The main food for the soil and plants is KNF Food made from plant material. The tips of plants make good growth hormone oriented food, flowers make good bloom phase food, and fruits make good fruiting phase food. KNF Food is preserved in sugar, another food, and soil microbes love it because it mimics natural plant exudates.
More than just food, the soil also need a host of other things to live. So KNF has more tools including KNF Medicine, KNF Cleanser, KNF Fuel, KNF Bloom, KNF Fruit and KNF Minerals. These including KNF Microbes, KNF Police and KNF Food make up the 9 core solutions of KNF.
There is much more detailed information on how to make all the KNF Solutions available, not everything can fit in the this beginners guide!
Reach Full Potential Using KNF
Applying the KNF Solutions is easy, and you don’t have to wait for everything to be on hand. Using even a partial formula will get you noticeable results. All formulas can be applied to the soil as a drench at 100 gal/acre or a light mist into foliage at 25 gal/acre.
The 6 KNF Formulas are Soil, Seed, Juvenile, Puberty, Maturing and Ripening, which all correspond to obvious growth stages in every plant or animals life. By applying the right formula at the right time you will help your plant reach full potential with the assistance of the microbes.
Most crops will respond well to weekly applications of foliar sprays. KNF Formulas can be added to irrigation for daily application. Orchards and tree crops respond well to 2-4 treatments a year, especially right before flowering and after fruiting.
Growth in All Aspects of Life
KNF is based around a moral code and philosophy of love. The solutions are often made, formulated, and applied with great care. The belief is that if the soil is healthy, the plants are healthy, the animals are healthy, then we humans are healthy. There is a great reverence and understanding nature and the origins of life that has led to this system and it’s integrity is shared amongst all practitioners.
A Wealth of Information
Here are some good places to start looking into KNF more:
Full KNF Level 1 Certification Course – This complete course encapsulates KNF as one complete unit in theory and practice.
Welcome to the KNF Farmily
There is much more information out there. Today, certification systems offer validation of practices in KNF. We encourage you to make your own practices visible, and that when you find success, you share it in a manner that keeps the tradition alive.
I hope this beginners guide helps you on your KNF journey.
Long live the natural farmer!