Beginners Guide to KNF

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

We call the indigenous micro organisms: KNF Microbes and there are various recipes to collect them from the surrounding habitat. There is also a procedure for applying the KNF Microbes to the field.

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:

KNF Solution Recipes
Self Promotion: Check out the KNF Recipe Book

KNF Plant Application Guide
Self Promotion: Download the dilution calculator app for mobile

KNF Microbes & Soil Application Guide

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!

KNF Advanced Swine Training

No smell pigs are hot topics right now. Imagine raising hogs with no cleaning, no smell, no flies, no vaccines and no antibiotics! I went to Korea in 2017 to attend KNF Advanced Swine Training for 5 days in Gokseong County to learn the secrets of this biological technology.

This course has a lot of classroom sessions to understand the Korean Natural Farming philosophy, principles and solutions for raising hogs. To spread this vital information to the world I videoed the entire trip and publishing it here to remain open source.

The last of the videos in this playlist contain the information about the pig nutritional cycle. Cho talks about how and when to feed sows to support them for optimal natural growth. If you want your sows to have many pigs and be able to provide nutritious milk, check these out for sure.

KNF Love Manifesto

As the KNF movement continues to grow there needs to be some foundation and structure to establish that there are limits to the foundation and structure that constitute the movement as a whole.

Watch out for any representatives claiming to be the “chosen one” or “voice of natural farming”, and those who try to assert personal authority, superiority or governance upon these free and open source principles.

Natural farming has been unveiled to man by Nature. Nothing separates you from the same source the founders have used to establish the solutions we know today. However, those with little experience typically exert little wisdom, but do not let this subject you to any subservient position. We are all equally ignorant in the eyes of Nature.

This manifesto has been promulgated to assert the equality and common ground rules of all participants in the movement.

It makes sense to model this movement on upon an organization that has stood the test of time, continues to grow, and operates in a largely decentralized yet cooperative manner. These principles have been slightly reworded from the 12 Traditions of A.A.

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal success depends upon group unity.
  2. Ultimate authority is Nature as expressed in group conscience. Our leaders are trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. Only requirement for membership is the desire to learn KNF.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters effecting other groups or KNF as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to those who need KNF.
  6. A KNF group ought to never endorse, finance or lend the KNF name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose. (We can not be all things to all people)
  7. Every KNF group ought to be self supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. KNF should remain forever non-professional, but service centers may employ special workers.
  9. KNF, as such, ought never be organized; but may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. KNF has no opinion on outside issues; hence KNF may never be drawn into public controversy.
  11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, film. (Promote KNF Principles not KNF Members. Ambition has no place in KNF)
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities. (Anonymity is real humility)

Master Cho Advanced KNF Lecture Series

Master Han-Kyu CHO, founder of korean natural farming, visited Hawai’i in March of 2018 to deliver his teachings. He goes over advanced techniques for cultivating IMO (indigenous micro organisms) as well as other key recipes like OHN (medicine), FPJ (food), etc.

KNF Level 1 Certification Course

KNF Level 1 Certification Course. Taught at Hawaiian Sanctuary July 2017

This course series follow the KNF Level 1 Certification Criteria for Exposure to Korean Natural Farming as promulgated by Master Han-Kyu Cho.

Buy the Handouts

Advanced Farm Tours with Master Cho 2018 Hawaii

Perhaps a once in a lifetime opportunity of Advanced Farm Tours with Master Cho in Hawaii. Watch the founder of Korean Natural Farming identify and diagnose a variety of plants and issues. By seeing him in action, the nack of his mastery shines.

Master Cho Seminar in Hawai’i 2017

This is the Basic Seminar of Master Han-Kyu Cho, founder of Korean Natural Farming, presenting his fundamental seminar.

 

KNF Level 2 Training Course

This video playlist is the Level 2 Training Course for KNF Certification as presented by experienced instructor Eric Drake Weinert.

Watching these videos will get you prepared to take the course in person to get certification. This alone does not qualify you to become a Certified KNF practitioner. It is a preparatory opportunity.

KNF Advanced Poultry Course