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!
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No smell, no flies, no cleaning, no problems pig pens, a.k.a. Inoculated Deep Litter Systems, were the topic of the May 2015 Natural Farming Hawai’i meeting and potluck. For over 5 years over a dozen operations have proven why this is the NRCS best practice for swine waste management plans, because there’s nothing to clean up! All the waste is digested right on the living floor reducing labor and eliminating the need for water.
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Clean water, clean air, healthy food, it all starts with robust life cycling nutrients in functioning subsoil systems. Indigenous Micro Organisms are the original life that has been working for countless generations to purify our Earth’s surface, and they can do it again, in record speed with our help.
Indigenous Micro Organisms were the topic of the March 2015 Natural Farming Hawai’i Meeting and Potluck. Drake has been intentionally working with IMO since mid 2008 and has combined the knowledge of Master Cho, Gil Carandang and Elaine Ingham along with other cutting edge research in fermentation and beneficial micro organism propagation.
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Zach Mermel sharing his knowledge of edible and medicinal mushroom cultivation.
Natural Farming Hawai’i Monthly Potluck
Beneficial fungus grown on biochar brewed in compost tea seeded with IMO#4