Beginners Guide to KNF

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Wow. Where to begin learning KNF?

As a person fresh to KNF the language, foreign principles and the minutia of details may seem incredible when first starting. This guide will give you a cornerstone to begin your life changing journey into KNF.

The way chosen to present this Beginners Guide is to use words we are all familiar with. The names are chosen to describe Korean Natural Farming with concepts and language we are regionally familiar with in America. The goal is to make it easy to get started, apply the solutions, and grow nutrient dense produce with KNF now.

Korean Natural Farming

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.

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, more than can fit in 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.

The KNF Solutions App for your mobile phone makes the calculations simple, easy, and accurate. It’s purchase directly supports this website.

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

At it’s heart 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.

Netflix Documentary on KNF

A Wealth of Information

Here are some good places to start looking into KNF more:

KNF Solution Recipes

KNF Plant Application Guide

KNF Microbes & Soil Application Guide

Full KNF Level 1 Certification Course – This complete course encapsulates KNF as one complete unit in theory and practice.


Blessings on the KNF Journey

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. Get support from wizards as you become one yourself.

I hope this beginners guide helps you on your KNF journey.

Long live the natural farmer!

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)

Chop and Drop

If you think you are going to haul fish guts 20 miles from town up to your farm, you are probably going to spend more in fuel than you could possibly produce on the farm. Assuming you had to grow and produce your own ethanol. Or, in almost any scenario utilizing ethanol, there is a farmer, a truck, and hauling, and the process of distribution eats up almost all the energy created in production.

I am talking about the future of farming. Not twenty years in the future, not ten years in the future, more likely in less than five years, we are already seeing radical shifts in the price of energy. Gas at $10, “no” you say, but the writings on the wall. Think of the thousands of miles that gas travels to make it into your gas tank. Can you afford to carry it that far?

We will be forced to turn to domestic production, but how far will that go? We have a number of things against us before we even begin, such as having to import heavy materials to build infrastructure capable of ethanol production. Going for us, we have a large geothermal resource, which if used intelligently, can bolster ethanol production.

Think of the energy it takes to run this monstrous supply line! Big diesel tractors moving this and that. A huge interconnected web relying on just in time delivery. Back when gas was $2 a gallon this seemed like a pretty good idea, living the Fed-ex lifestyle was affordable. Imports did not threaten our ability to make a living as it does today with absolutely no reliable or proven domestic production within 5,000 miles within the last 50 years. Hawai’i’s simply forgotten how to do it. Matson will always come…

Without fuel affordable for general transportation use a daily commute from Hilo to Puna is out of the question. I rode my bike 5 miles from Hilo to Pana’ewa to work in a field, and let me tell you, it’s not cheap or easy. The work you do when you provide the energy for transportation takes on a whole new level of effort. By the time I get to work, I’ve worked, now I must work a full day, then I must work again to get home.

How are you going to make a living in a “no fuel” scenario?

Now, think of the farmer growing your food. Where does he live? Your rice, your pasta, your Pizza Hut, how much do you think that will cost when fuel is $10? The staple food that keeps you and your family alive. Our diets today are so foreign that an average high school graduate would starve to death if KTA ran out of Doritos, in plain sight of avocados mind you!

We don’t eat what we grow and we don’t grow what we eat! It’s a scary double edge sword that will sink our island if there is any interruption to our thousand mile long supply lines. Sure we grow lettuce and some vegis locally, but think of the staple foods, the ones that really fill you up. It won’t take more than a dock strike or hurricane for it to become impossible to get Costco goods at any cost. Speaking of hurricanes, our governor looted our hurricane fund, we now have NO emergency monetary reserves.

Are you going to horde or are we going to make it a island wide objective to grow what we need right here? We can produce year round, but you know what’s missing? You.

With America almost broke, what happens if uncle’s EBT isn’t renewed. He’s standing there in line at Sack n’ Save, four hungry kids looking at him and the balance is $0. “What you mean $0! Scan em again”. Every month before, on the 3rd, there was $750 to keep his kids alive with food on the table.

Now what’s uncle gonna do?

No kalo in the ground, cause brah, football is on. Only the ha’ole’s grow kalo anymore. Sweet potato takes 3 months to have edible tubers. The kids start crying after a few days. What, you gonna rob and steal from somebody who was more prepared? You gonna start to learn how to farm in this chaos. Cause not just you, over 40% of Hawai’i is employed by the government and all the people relying on food stamps, oh, America is broke, no more money. Pau!

You going be pau with them? or you gonna be Hawai’ian and live? You going respect the ‘aina and plant food? You going make sure the keiki have enough food that if Matson stops, they not going notice?

It’s time we wean our citizens off of handouts. Payments of money only encourage the disenfranchised to further depress our economy because of the nature of the process. EBT money goes to a person who shops for the cheapest food, which is typically government subsidized corn products imported from the mainland. The person eating this gets health problems and further drains the economy. The money instantly vanishes from the local economy only serving the store employees and the owner.

If instead of money, Hawai’i’s land is opened up, a person can grow enough food to sustain themselves and have enough left over to sell for some extra money. In Hawai’i we can grow year round, so there is no excuse for not directly providing for sustenance. The state can take the role of sponsoring master gardeners that advise and coordinate production instead of feigning support as they do now.

How to design a successful system in a Chop and Drop economy? Relax, everything is at your feet already. With this familiar way of looking at things any one any where can be prosperous. Nature favors practitioners of chop and drop.

Distance and weight will become the two principle factors dominating price again. Scarcity will become scarce as things are so localized that unknowns are quite unknown as desires switch from ipods and makeup to common basics such as food and water.

Think close to home. If it’s heavy and you have to move it, that requires energy. The further away you get things before you use them, the more energy system consumes and the less that can be extracted from it as a usable product.

It’s time to think seriously about local food production. Natural Farming allows a farmer to grow immaculately nutritious food using all local inputs. No need to ship in fertilizer or go further than your front yard to become a provider. The Big Island could potentially feed Oahu’s hordes… but what value do they have to trade us in return?

The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago, the second best time is now.

Aloha ea ‘ai!