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Natural Farming Inputs Introduction to Natural Farming LAB - Lactic Acid Bacteria FPJ - Fermented plant juice Seawater, Fermented Seawater, Bio Mineral Water Vinegar OHN - Oriental Herbal Nutrient WCA - Water Soluble Calcium WCAP - Water Soluble Calcium Phosphate FFJ - Fermented Fruit Juice FAA - Fish Amino Acids S.E.S. - Seed and Seedling Treatment IMO to IMO2 IMO 3 IMO 4 & Liquid IMO IMO 5 Preserving bacterial based inputs Inputs - Section 13 - IMO 5 IMO 5 is essentially taking a nitrogen rich source such as manure, compost, food scraps, bone meal for example and using IMO4 to break it down to a usable media that will not harm plants nor lose or lose as much nitrogen due to the nitrogen cycle compared to other traditional mainstream farming methods. Not only is IMO5 ideal for plants but also the environment. Chris Trump - How To IMO5 IMO 5 Ingredients IMO4 Nutrient rich material such as compost, food scraps, manure, bone meal, etc. FPJ 1:500 BRV 1:500 OHN 1:1000 SW 1:25 Humic acid 1:500 Water "approximately" 1GAL/25LB My wife and I met the base player of Deep Purple from when this song was made. I post in loving memory of my wife. IMO 5 Process How much moisture to add will vary depending on how dry or moist the IMO4 is. Create your IMO5 water solution Per gallon of water FPJ 1:500 BRV 1:500 OHN 1:1000 Sea Water 1:25 Humic acid 1:500 Mix the IMO4 and the compost, manure or whatever media you are using Make a divot into the middle of the mixed soil & added dry materials. Then mix in the IMO5 water solution Pour water solution into the divot. Mix very well and repeat until evenly mixed. Careful not to make too wet or the temperature will increase (130f to 140f temperature is too high). Manure and high nitrogen additions keep more dry than wet. Mix so the media holds slightly together but crumbles apart, it should not clump or hold its shape. In about 7 to 10 days the IMO5 will be ready to use. Application Use IMO-4 by top dressing the soil around plants and top dressing fields before planting. Chris Trump - How to apply IMO4 Why to Natural Farm “Farmers have lost their independent authority which they have in the farming techniques of the old days. Farmers became dependent in buying almost everything that they need in farming, and they just engaged in farming by role according to the program presented by the seller.” “I insist to recover the spirit of farmers. To achieve it is impossible until the exhilarated farming that farmers can recover subjectivity in the farming technique is realized.” “New vision of farming techniques is needed to recover the true nature of farming. There is a hidden possibility to realize a new vision in the ways that farmers make and apply which are necessary farming materials by making use of local materials actively.” Dr. Han Kyu Cho A word from us. Cultural Healing and Life has compiled this information in the hopes that it will help not just to grow high quality plants and trees but that we begin to heal the lands and soils and by working from the bottom of the food chain up can nutritionally begin to heal ourselves. We see the microorganisms as part of the food chain that proactively works to increase the mineral density of our food and thus we increase the brix levels of our plants and the health of our animals. In so doing, we can restore true nutritional health. It has been a pleasure compiling this and it is with respect and gratitude that I thank all those who were used in this compi`lation. Please support them directly. ~Cultural Healing and Life, JJ the Gardener. Credits Dr. Han Kyu Cho Chris Trump http://www.cgnfindia.com/index.html The School of Life Reggaeville - Natali Rize - One people Natural Farming Inputs Introduction to Natural Farming LAB - Lactic Acid Bacteria FPJ - Fermented plant juice Seawater, Fermented Seawater, Bio Mineral Water Vinegar OHN - Oriental Herbal Nutrient WCA - Water Soluble Calcium WCAP - Water Soluble Calcium Phosphate FFJ - Fermented Fruit Juice FAA - Fish Amino Acids S.E.S. - Seed and Seedling Treatment IMO to IMO2 IMO 3 IMO 4 & Liquid IMO IMO 5 Preserving bacterial based inputs ~ A Cultural Healing and Life Compilation
Natural Farming Inputs Introduction to Natural Farming LAB - Lactic Acid Bacteria FPJ - Fermented plant juice Seawater, Fermented Seawater, Bio Mineral Water Vinegar OHN - Oriental Herbal Nutrient WCA - Water Soluble Calcium WCAP - Water Soluble Calcium Phosphate FFJ - Fermented Fruit Juice FAA - Fish Amino Acids S.E.S. - Seed and Seedling Treatment IMO to IMO2 IMO 3 IMO 4 & Liquid IMO IMO 5 Preserving bacterial based inputs Inputs - Section 11 IMO 3 Cultivated Indigenous Microorganisms IMO 3 is essentially a concentrated stock of cultivated indigenous microorganisms that is then placed into a dormancy state that can be furthered processed into liquid IMO and imo 4. IMO 3 with Chris Trump Chris Trump - IMO #3 (part 1) with Chris Trump. This is a short video about the finishing/end day of IMO #3. If you using this method then this is a great little informative section on what IMO3 looks like as it finishes. By Chris Trump. Chris Trump - How to : IMO 3 (Part 2) with Chris Trump Materials for IMO 3 IMO2 Rice bran or similar media on which the microbes will grow FPJ 1:500 BRV 1:500 OHN 1:1000 SW (sea or mineral water) 1:30 Humic acid 1:500 Water (non-chlorinated) approximately 1GAL/25LB IMO 3 Method Dilute IMO-2 with water (1:1000) and mix with rice bran or flour. Use diluted natural farming inputs such as FPJ, FAA, OHN, plus some humic acid while adding water. After evenly mixing with diluted IMO-2 This process is very important and must be done on a soil floor and not on a concrete floor and in a place with good ventilation. As time passes, the temperature rises within the pile of the rice bran mixture, because it undergoes fermentation. On a dirt floor make a heap 13-15 inches (30 to 40 cm) height, and cover it with straw, straw mat or leaf litter to prevent moisture evaporation and to provide shade from direct sunlight. 70% shade and 30% light is recommended, since it creates favorable conditions for useful microbes in paddy straw, Microorganisms such as Aspergillus’s oryzae, Bacillus subtilis, etc. Be sure to press several spots with weights or soils over the straw, This is due to straw being too light to be fixed on the top of the rice bran mixture. It is best to use straw mats or straw bags (gunny bags) for covering. The moisture level can be measured by forming a rice bran ball and twisting it. If the moisture level is around 65 -70 % the ball can be easily divided into two halves. However, it is better to use the moisture meter (hygrometer) to get accurate data. When the temperature reaches 40-50 °C Turnover the rice bran mixture evenly so that the temperature does not rise further and also in order to prevent moist clusters. If the temperature is below 40 °C, The mixture may be in an anaerobic condition due to the excessive moisture. If the temperature rises up above 70 °C, Proteins may be broken down by thermophilic microbes and nutrients released into the air resulting in loss of fertilizer effect. Turn over the rice bran mixture in order to control temperature. It takes about 7 days for this process. Cultivation speed can vary depending on the outside temperature, but it usually takes 5-7 days for the surface to be covered with whitish IMO spores. When the temperature stops rising the fermentation process is finished and you have IMO3. Chris Trump - IMO #3 with Chris Trump. Natural Farming on our farm. Storing IMO 3 Keep the IMO 3 bags in shaded and cool place. Make sure that the air is well circulated by keeping IMO-3 in a ventilated container such as jute / gunny / cloth bags. Spread rice straw or leaf litter at the bottom of the container, Place in IMO-3. During storage, the IMO-3 may become dry (moisture level 20-30%) as the moisture gets evaporated. It means that the IMO had entered a state of dormancy. Pile up containers into 3 layers and shield them from direct sunlight and rain. At this point, there is no need to turn over, because of the convection currents that are created through the gaps of containers. Can be stored for 6 months to a year. Credits Chris Trump https://rooftopecology.wordpress.com http://www.cgnfindia.com/imos.html http://www.kswcd.org/conference/Dr Hoon Park III - Indigenous Microorganism(IMO).pdf The School of Life The Revivalists Natural Farming Inputs Introduction to Natural Farming LAB - Lactic Acid Bacteria FPJ - Fermented plant juice Seawater, Fermented Seawater, Bio Mineral Water Vinegar OHN - Oriental Herbal Nutrient WCA - Water Soluble Calcium WCAP - Water Soluble Calcium Phosphate FFJ - Fermented Fruit Juice FAA - Fish Amino Acids S.E.S. - Seed and Seedling Treatment IMO to IMO2 IMO 3 IMO 4 & Liquid IMO IMO 5 Preserving bacterial based inputs ~ A Proud Cultural Healing and Life Compilation
Natural Farming Inputs Introduction to Natural Farming LAB - Lactic Acid Bacteria FPJ - Fermented plant juice Seawater, Fermented Seawater, Bio Mineral Water Vinegar OHN - Oriental Herbal Nutrient WCA - Water Soluble Calcium WCAP - Water Soluble Calcium Phosphate FFJ - Fermented Fruit Juice FAA - Fish Amino Acids S.E.S. - Seed and Seedling Treatment IMO to IMO2 IMO 3 IMO 4 & Liquid IMO IMO 5 Preserving bacterial based inputs Inputs - Section 2 - FPJ - Fermented Plant Juice FPJ is a fermented extract of a plant’s sap and chlorophyll's. It is a rich enzyme solution full of microorganisms such as lactic acid bacteria and yeast that invigorates plants and animals. FPJ is used for crop treatments and can be added an input for making other natural farming inputs. FPJ captures the essence of the fermented plant and in this way FPJ becomes like a super gardener power that for some is one of their secret ingredients! This means you can create your own specific boosters for the developmental stage of your plants. You simply utilize the matching plant with the properties to fit the period of development for your growing plants. Additionally, if mixed with a rice bran and sprinkled around the base of a tree or a plant will attract bugs to that area and away from the fruits. FPJ - PDF from The University of Hawaii, click emoticon Video Section The following 3 videos are worth watching them all as they compliment one another in information and wisdom. It is with pleasure that I introduce Chris Trump talk on FPJ, fermented plant juice who explains it effectively well. Chris Trump - How to : FPJ - To support Chris Trump direct: https://www.patreon.com/christrump Large Scale FPJ Chris Trump - How to : FPJ - To support Chris Trump direct: https://www.patreon.com/christrump It is with pleasure that I introduce Alika Atay FPJ teaching James Yunker Alika Atay Teaches How to Make Fermented Plant Juice - http://mauiindependent.org/native-wisdom-water-protector-alika-atay-on-the-power-of-we-the-people/ An excellent FPJ video with useful tips and information regarding collection and is a must watch. Video is not embedded by request at youtube, click the emoticon to watch the video at youtube. Instructional Section This FPJ recipe is from Master Cho, click to visit. FPJ is a fermented extract of a plant’s sap and chlorophyll's. It is a rich enzyme solution full of microorganisms such as lactic acid bacteria and yeast that invigorates plants and animals. FPJ is used for crop treatments. Materials/ ingredients needed: Non poisonous vibrant plants that fit the growth properties you are wanting such as: Mugwart / Water amaranth / Bamboo shoot etc. Jaggery / Brown sugar Glass / Ceramic / Clay jar with a wide mouth. (No metal) Porous paper (paper towel) Rubber band / thread Sharp Knife or Scissors Large mixing container with wide mouth Storage container of ceramic / glass /HDPE plastic (no metal) Scale WHAT TYPE OF PLANTS TO COLLECT Use only the same type of plants when collecting per FPJ batch. Plants that are strong against cold and can grow well in spring. This is in order to pass down the characteristic of plants that can endure extreme climatic changes. Plants that grow fast and are vigorous. Fast developing plants have growth hormones at are very active. This characteristic can improve any plant weaknesses and the recovery of certain health problems of the plants. Thinned-out fruits have a lot of gibberellins which makes plants healthy with thicker foliage and enhances the thickness of fruit. Never poisonous plants. WHEN TO COLLECT Avoid days when there is excessive sunshine or rainfall. Excessive sunshine may evaporate nutrients. Too much rainfall may wash away important nutrients and microorganisms. When there is rain, collect only after two days. Do not rinse with water. Collect the ingredients just before sunrise. Plants have perfect moisture level during this time. Take tips 2 to 3 inches long. HOW TO MAKE FPJ Shake off dirt from the Plants but do not wash in water. Washing will remove useful microorganisms. If the ingredients are too big, cut them to adequate sizes, about 3 to 5 cm. This increases contact surface area and promotes osmotic pressure. (Do not mix different kinds of ingredients in one container. Use separate container for each ingredient.) Measure the weight of the ingredient and the weight of brown sugar. Brown sugar should equal the weight of the ingredient. You should add or subtract sugar according to plant’s moisture level. Put the ingredients and brown sugar in a large wide container and mix them with your hands. Everything is to be covered with brown sugar as to ensure osmotic pressure. Cover with porous paper and leave for 1 to 2 hours. Put the mixture into a glass or clay pot. It should fill up ¾ of the jar. It is important that the jar is not too full or under full. The empty space is optimum for fermentation to occur. Put weight (Stone) on the mixture to control the amount of air in the mixture. Put on the breathable cover and tie the jar. A cover is needed to prevent insects from getting into the mixture. Paper is ideal because it lets the air in and out. 24 hours later check volume of material in jar. This is important to insure proper fermentation. If it has settled under 2/3 jar, add more mixture until 2/3 full. If it is too full remove some material until the jar is 2/3 full. 1 or 2 days remove the weight. After the air has escaped, put breathable cover back on. Place the jar in a cool and shaded place. Do disturb the ingredients during the process of fermentation. You will know that fermentation is occurring when bubbles start to form, which normally occurs on the second day. Ideally, fermentation should take no longer than 7 days, as the quality of FPJ appears to diminish thereafter. Fermentation is complete when: The plant material floats and the liquid settles at the bottom If too much brown sugar was used, this separation is not distinct. There is a light alcohol smell due to breakdown of chlorophyll The liquid tastes sweet, not bitter. After fermentation is complete (3 to 7 days), separate the plant material from the liquid using a colander or strainer. The spent plant material can be used as animal feed, or added to mixed compost (another input known as IMO#5). The liquid is Fermented Plant Juice (FPJ), which can be used immediately or stored in a loosely covered container. Transfer the FPJ into a glass or food-grade polyethylene (PE) plastic container. The microorganisms in the solution are alive and continue to produce gases. The lid must be kept loose or the container can explode. As with all Natural Farming inputs, each batch should be stored separately. They should be combined only when a solution is being mixed for immediate use. Refrigerate for short term use. For long-term storage and can be stored at room temperature, add an equal amount of brown sugar by weight to FPJ to prevent it from souring Preparing and Applying FPJ Dilute FPJ with water It is best to use a mixture of old and newly made FPJ in your solutions. FPJ is generally used at a concentration of 1 part per 500 parts water (1:500) If a more dilute solution is necessary (1:800 to 1:1,000) To avoid damaging plants (leaf burn) under the following circumstances: Add FPJ when using more than three different natural farming inputs combined, It is applied during hot weather, FPJ that has been stored longer than a year and thus has become more concentrated is being used. Apply FPJ once per week in the late afternoon, ideally an hour before sunset The solution can be foliar sprayed on leafs or watered into the soil. The nutrient solution is applied once per week and is adjusted as the plant passes through its life-cycle stages and vegetative and reproductive phases. Dilution Rates: 1:500 Water volume Kitchen measuring utensils Fluid ounces (fl oz) Milliliters (ml) ½ gallon 3/42 teaspoon (tsp) .13 4 1 gallon 1 1/2 tsp .26 8 5 gallons 2 1/2 tablespoons (Tbsp) 1.28 38 10 gallons 5 tablespoons (Tbsp) 2.56 76 25 gallons Little more than 3/4 cup 6.40 189 50 gallons 1 cup 12.80 379 Dilution Rates: 1:800 Water volume Kitchen measuring utensils Fluid ounces (fl oz) Milliliters (ml) ½ gallon 1/2 teaspoon (tsp) 0.08 2.5 1 gallon 1 tsp 0.13 5 5 gallons 5 teaspoon (tsp) 0.80 24 10 gallons little less than 1/4 cup 1.60 47 25 gallons 1/2 cup 4 118 50 gallons 1 cup 8 237 Dilution Rates: 1:1,000 Water volume Kitchen measuring utensils Fluid ounces (fl oz) Milliliters (ml) ½ gallon 1/3 teaspoon (tsp) 0.06 2 1 gallon 3/4 tsp 0.13 4 5 gallons 1 1/4 tablespoons (Tbsp) 0.64 19 10 gallons 2 1/2 Tbsp 1.28 38 25 gallons little less than 1/2 cup 3.2 95 50 gallons little more than 3/4 cup 6.4 189 WHEN TO USE FPJ Germination to early vegetative growth examples: Mugwort, Dropwort, and bamboo shoots FPJs are suitable at this stage to help crops become resistant against cold and grow fast and strong and is applied from germination until early stages of plant growth. FPJs should be used at lower concentration during this stage, preferably at a dilution of 1:1000. Vegetative growth examples: Kudzu, Arrowroot, Beans, Angelica, Dropwort. Purslane, Squash shoots, Sweet potato shoots, Watercress and Bamboo shoots as well as Reeds (water or marsh plants with a firm stem), help crops obtain their needed nitrogen to increase in volume. At this stage, FPJs can be used at a general dilution of 1:900 to 1:700. Beginning flower/fruiting: FPJ made from green (unripe) fruit is applied to plants that are just beginning to develop flower shoots and need phosphorus (P). At this stage, FPs can be used at a general dilution of 1:600. Reproductive and flowering and fruiting stage: They require a lot of calcium (Ca). FPJ made from calcium-rich plants or FPJ that has been stored for over a year is applied at this stage. At this stage, FPJs can be used at a general dilution of 1:500. Presence of pests: FPJ can be used to keep pests away from fruits. A mixture of FPJ and rice bran can be sprinkled on the area around fruit trees to lure pests to the ground, thus preventing them from going to the fruits. FPJ can be used at a general dilution of 1:500. WHEN NOT TO USE FPJ During excessive vegetative growth or overgrowth due to prolonged rains or cloudy weather. During acidic or nitrogen-excessive crop conditions, which create a pest-attractive environment. Conditions of too much moisture or poor ventilation, which promotes fungal growth. Only use citrus with citrus plants. Tips and special notes: It is not recommendable to use molasses as it contains too much moisture to raise the osmotic pressure as high as brown sugar does for good fermentation. Sometimes small bubbles or fungi will be present in the Jar. They result from lacking brown sugar or from an unbalanced volume between the empty space and the ingredient. In this case, add a little brown sugar, stir and preserve after filtering. Avoid picking plants near the road side to prevent the polluted plants. The most important requirement when selecting plants for making FPJ is to use the growing tips of plant species that are fast growers. Flowers, flower buds, and immature fruits can also be used. The plants should be vigorously growing at the time of collection. Hard or woody plant parts will yield little or no plant juice. Plant parts should be harvested while the plants are in respiration mode (before sunrise) and not in photosynthetic mode (during daylight), due to the effects these processes have on plant chemistry. Avoid collecting plant parts during or after rainfall (ideally, wait two sunny days after rain stops) and do not rinse collected plant parts, to conserve their surface microbial populations (lactic acid-producing bacteria and yeasts), which will carry out the fermentation process. Low levels of these microbes will result in improper fermentation and/or low yields of plant juice. Bonus Fermentation Fun by Chris Trump Credits Cho's Global Natural Farming Master Cho Chris Trump Alika Atay OneDrive The University of Hawaii School of Life Natural Farming Inputs Introduction to Natural Farming LAB - Lactic Acid Bacteria FPJ - Fermented plant juice Seawater, Fermented Seawater, Bio Mineral Water Vinegar OHN - Oriental Herbal Nutrient WCA - Water Soluble Calcium WCAP - Water Soluble Calcium Phosphate FFJ - Fermented Fruit Juice FAA - Fish Amino Acids S.E.S. - Seed and Seedling Treatment IMO to IMO2 IMO 3 IMO 4 & Liquid IMO IMO 5 ~Cultural Healing and Life
Natural Farming Inputs Introduction to Natural Farming LAB - Lactic Acid Bacteria FPJ - Fermented plant juice Seawater, Fermented Seawater, Bio Mineral Water Vinegar OHN - Oriental Herbal Nutrient WCA - Water Soluble Calcium WCAP - Water Soluble Calcium Phosphate FFJ - Fermented Fruit Juice FAA - Fish Amino Acids S.E.S. - Seed and Seedling Treatment IMO to IMO2 IMO 3 IMO 4 & Liquid IMO IMO 5 Preserving bacterial based inputs The Natural Farming Method, An introduction to Natural Farming & IMO's Click for a song by Ronnie Davis that sums up Korean/Natural Farming. Returning to Eden, Garden Earth Natural Farming is merely a process of intelligent design that enables the farmer to co-exist in harmony in a natural ecosystem that nature has developed. Modern farming for all its benefits has costs that are hard to pay and as time progresses with crop after crop slowly the modern farm degrades in quality and increases in depth and variety of costs in terms of toxic soils to polluted waters and increased algae blooms due to fertilizer run off to high water needs and other operating financial costs associated with modern farming practices. To me, modern farming is the "addiction industry" of farming as it entices and then traps farmers into corporate methods and financial schemes. Like any addiction, it is not so simple to change. These methods are in part a direct answer to some of the issues of modern farming. Natural Farming practices overtime will heal the land from increasing fertility and healing toxic soils. Natural Farming begins to effectively address our damage to the planet by starting literally from the ground up with freedom from corporations and controlling operating schemes. It is with much respect that I introduce to you not only this concept but some of the true fathers of Natural Farming methods. I hope you see the value in this as it is far more than just farming and the growing of produce. ~Admin An introduction by Chris Trump Chris Trump is an in inspiration in natural farming and we will utilize more of his teachings and videos in a separate IMO posting. The Father's of Natural Farming More information at the end of this document “The One-Straw Revolution” https://onestrawrevolution.net/ Masanobu Fukuoka (1913-2008) Cho Han Kyu, click for bio & site Wiki - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_natural_farming Comprehensive study and analysis of Indigenous Micro Organisms (IMO). Drake - University Scientific Analysis of Natural Farming - University of Hawai'i Researcher Dr. Koon-Hui Wang has done a comprehensive study and analysis of Indigenous Micro Organisms (IMO). Introduction to Natural Farming by Drake, one of my favorite video sets. This is a long series that is well worth the time. The amount of knowledge from experience in this series is of the highest value. Part 2 with Drake Click above pic for slideshow site to learn about sacred geometry. Branch geometry Part 3 with Drake Part 4 with Drake - Medicinal fermentation aspects discussed as well. Part 5 with Drake Part 6 with Drake Part 7 with Drake Part 8 with Drake Part 9 with Drake - Final in series. PureKNF Drake CGNF Certified Instructors Click the picture for Drakes recipes for Natural Farming inputs PDF - Use of Korean Natural Farming for Vegetable Crop Production in Hawai‘i Plant Nutrition and plant life cycle, Natural Farming Hawaii.net Click for PDF book on Natural Farming by Rohini Reddy Publications Natural Farming: How to cultivate indigenous microorganisms Natural Farming: Fermented Plant Juice Natural Farming: Lactic Acid Bacteria Natural Farming: Fish Amino Acid Natural Farming: Water-Soluble Calcium Natural Farming: Oriental Herbal Nutrient Natural Farming: Diluted Seawater Master Cho's Recipe & Instructions, click. Natural Farming by Han-Kyu Cho: Philosophy PureKNF Drake History of Korean Natural and Natural Farming method. Master Cho - Started the Korean Natural Farming method To me, this man should receive one of the highest honors an agriculture person can obtain. He is a hero to me. It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you Master Cho and Korean Natural Farming. If this is not new to you I recommend the post labeled IMO recipes and instructions. Master Cho Cho's Global Natural Farming SARRA India http://www.cgnfindia.com/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_natural_farming Cho Han Kyu, or Cho Han-kyu, born in 1935 in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, Korea, invented the Korean Natural Farming method. Cho completesd high school education at the age of twenty-nine, while he worked on his family's farm. In 1965, he went to Japan as an agriculture research student for three years, and studied the natural farming method of three teachers: Miyozo Yamagishi (Japanese: 山岸 巳代蔵), Kinshi Shibata (柴田 欣志) and Yasushi Oinoue (大井上 康).  Upon his return to Korea, Cho combined his newly acquired knowledge with the Korean traditional farming method and fermentation methods, used in such Korean food such as Kimchi, and gradually invented what we now call Korean Natural Farming, putting it into practice by setting up a "Labor-Saving Abundant Harvesting Study Group" in 1966. As he gained more practice, he opened the Natural Farming Life School and Research Farm in Goesan County, North Chungcheong Province, in 1995.  Cho's international activities had started early by means of his contribution to the magazines and seminars aboroad. From 1992, he contributed 21-part articles in the "Modern Agriculture" magazine (Japanese: 現代農業) published in Japan, and, in 1995, held a large-scale one-week seminar in Japan foｒ the leaders of the all-powerful Central Association of the Agriculrural Cooperatives of Japan (農業協同組合中央会). Cho, together his son, Cho Yongsang, has since held seminars in various countries of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe.  As of 2014, they have trained over 18,000 people at the Janong Natural Farming Institute. Hoon Park brought KNF to Hawaii from South Korea where, as a missionary, he noticed KNF commercial piggeries with virtually no odor. In 2008, he renamed his natural farming school and lab to "Cho Han-kyu Global Village Natural Farming Research Institute", or Janon Natural Farming Institute. The fundamental insight of KNF is to strengthen the biological functions of every aspect of plant growth to increase productivity and nutrition. Biology thereby reduces or eliminates the need for chemical interventions, whether to protect against predation and competition with other plants. For example, IMO metabolism produces complete proteins, while insects prefer incomplete proteins. KNF avoids the use of waste products such as manure, which reduces the chance of transferring pathogens from the waste back into the food production chain, although in nitrogen-poor conditions adding manure can increase yield. Use the nutrients contained within the seeds Use indigenous microorganisms (IMO’s) Maximize inborn potential with fewer inputs Avoid commercial fertilizers Avoid tilling No use of livestock waste Masanobu Fukuoka Masanobu Fukuoka Masanobu Fukuoka (1913-2008) was a farmer and philosopher who was born and raised on the Japanese island of Shikoku. He studied plant pathology and spent several years working as a customs inspector in Yokohama. While working there, at the age of 25, he had an inspiration that changed his life. He decided to quit his job, return to his home village and put his ideas into practice by applying them to agriculture. Over the next 65 years he worked to develop a system of natural farming that demonstrated the insight he was given as a young man, believing that it could be of great benefit to the world. He did not plow his fields, used no agricultural chemicals or prepared fertilizers, did not flood his rice fields as farmers have done in Asia for centuries, and yet his yields equaled or surpassed the most productive farms in Japan. In 1975 he wrote The One-Straw Revolution, a best-selling book that described his life’s journey, his philosophy, and farming techniques. This book has been translated into more than 25 languages and has helped make Mr. Fukuoka a leader in the worldwide sustainable agriculture movement. He continued farming until shortly before his death in 2008, at the age of 95. After The One-Straw Revolution was published in English, Mr. Fukuoka traveled to Africa, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and the United States. His interest turned to rehabilitating the deserts of the world using his natural farming techniques. This work is described in detail in Sowing Seeds In The Desert (2012). Mr. Fukuoka is also the author of The Natural Way of Farming and The Road Back to Nature. In 1988 he received the Magsaysay Award, often referred to as the “Nobel of Asia,” for Public Service. Natural Farming with Masanobu Fukuoka Making Seed Balls Masanobu Fukuoka (1913-2008) Thank you for your work and contribution to humanity it is with admiration and respect I offer with my heartfelt thank you. ~JJ the Gardener Ronnie Davis - I chose this song as the perspective as if Ronnie is the earth and wants to go back to nature or home. R.I.P. Ronnie Davis and thank you. The right to food and relief from hunger is a necessary step to true freedom. Natural Farming Inputs Introduction to Natural Farming LAB - Lactic Acid Bacteria FPJ - Fermented plant juice Seawater, Fermented Seawater, Bio Mineral Water Vinegar OHN - Oriental Herbal Nutrient WCA - Water Soluble Calcium WCAP - Water Soluble Calcium Phosphate FFJ - Fermented Fruit Juice FAA - Fish Amino Acids S.E.S. - Seed and Seedling Treatment IMO to IMO2 IMO 3 IMO 4 & Liquid IMO IMO 5 A proud Cultural Healing and Life compilation. ~JJ the Gardener