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  1. 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 Inputs - Section 10 IMO - Cultivated Indigenous Microorganisms Natural farming is based around creating a soil environment and healthy microbiology which enables the Microorganisms to play an important role in making quality soil for growing plants. These microorganisms can also be collected and cultured. EnigmaVEVO - Enigma - Return To Innocence Microorganisms have two major functions in farming Microorganisms decompose complex organic compounds such as dead bodies of plants and animals and wastes into nutrients, making them easily absorbed by plants. They can create compounds such as antibiotic substances, enzymes and lactic acids that can suppress various diseases and promote healthy soil conditions. Act as a catalysis for natural chemical processes in the soil. IMOs are used primarily to create fertile and healthy soil condition that is ideal for farming and to prevent plant diseases. In Natural Farming, IMOs are used in treatments applied to the soil in order to improve its fertility and health. By collecting and making IMO's we can create not just healthy growing media but also heal sick land and begin to restore nature at its core. All about IMO by Chris Trump Chris Trump - All about IMO Cho Global Natural Farming(CGNF) - Dr. Hoon Park PDF - IMO from University of Hawaii Indigenous Microorganisms: Grow Your Own Beneficial Indigenous Microorganisms and Bionutrients In Natural Farming Dear Future Generations, Sorry Gabriel Greiner - Dear Future Generations, Sorry. About collecting IMO Indigenous microorganisms from the environment Natural farming promotes the use of Indigenous Microorganisms (IMOs). The microorganisms that have been living in the local area for a long time are best for farming because they are very powerful and effective. They have survived and can survive the extreme climatic conditions of the local environment much better than artificially produced microorganisms Microorganisms (microbes) may be cultured at any time of the year; however, avoid wet, rainy seasons. The collection process takes approximately 7–10 days in cooler weather (Below 68°F, 20°C) and 3–4 days under warmer conditions ( above 68°F, 20°C). Organisms that are found under the heat of the sun are largely different than those found in shaded areas such as under the bamboo trees. Dr. Cho advocates that it is better to culture microorganisms from different areas in order to collect different kinds of microorganisms. Beneficial microbes are highly concentrated under undisturbed forests or other vegetated areas. Combining microbes collected from multiple sites will likely result in a more robust culture. It is also good to culture microorganisms at different weather conditions and to mix different types of microorganisms. It will take 3 days in summer and 5 days in winter. Black molds on the steamed rice indicate that you have exceeded the number of days. The collected IMO should smell like yeast. Excellent illustration and overview of collection & making of IMO 1 and 2, the videos below are more detail. Chris Trump - How to: IMO 1 and 2 on our farm Selecting collection sites Collect from a variety of sources and areas, going higher up in elevation from the planting area. This works to ensure that you are collecting stronger microbiology. Select areas in forests and fields. Old trees Old areas of growth. Areas of good mycelium growth. Collecting from sites that are not nutritionally rich is better than high nutrient areas. This is how to collect stronger microorganisms as only the stronger microbes can survive those areas. Collect near the roots of bamboo and leaf molds from broad leaf trees and plants. Leaf molds showing white hypha. Avoid places of regular human activity. Secluded areas are best. The idea of taking from famous sites may not be an ideal location if the microbiology is not healthy and strong. Select locations for merit only. Making of a collection box Made of Wood or Bamboo is recommended, preferably made of cedar. A small wooden/bamboo box, 12 x 12 x 4 inches deep. Ensure small holes or gaps on the bottom to promote microbiology ease to rice. Collection Box Building video Guardeners of the Land - IMO box build How to: IMO 1 Chris Trump - How to: IMO 1 IMO Collection Process Fill the wooden box with 3 inches of steamed rice. Prime the rice (optional) Add 1ml of OHN and 2ml of FPJ Ensure rice is not overly wet but more not quite done or harder. Allows adequate air supply by not stuffing the rice higher than 3 inches. Excessive moisture promotes growth of fungi that are less desirable for the intended uses. Fill rice half way with rice. Cover the box with white paper towel, being careful not to let the towel touch the rice. There should be at least an inch or so of air space between the rice the paper towel. Loosely place rice in the box ensuring not to press the rice hard into the box. Without sufficient supply of air, the anaerobic IMOs will get collected. Use rubber bands around the top of the box to secure the paper towel in place. Label date and area collected. Cover the top of the box with wire screen to prevent animals from tampering with the rice. Top the wire with a sheet of clear plastic to protect the box from rain, and place it under trees or in another secluded area. The box should not be in direct sunlight or water. Cover with leaves or plastic. Mark an area 12 inches x 8 inches in the soil and make a 2 inch pit into the soil. Place the rice-filled wooden box in this pit, where IMOs abound, such as in a forest and/or field or at the site where many decomposed leaf molds are found. Cover the box with leaves. Cover the box with fallen leaves from the harvest location. Anchor the plastic sheet on all sides with small rocks to prevent it from being dislodged by wind. Leave the box undisturbed for a minimum of 4–5 days. After that time, check to see whether the moist rice is covered with white mold. It will take 3 days in hot summer and 5 days during cooler time periods. If mold growth is sparse, re-cover the box and wait an additional 2–3 days before re-checking. If the mold is a color other than white (other colors indicate growth of less effective fungi). Multi colors are normal and usable. You want to more white and grey like with spider web or cotton candy growth is ideal. Collected IMO should smell like yeast. If rain has entered the box, the contents should be discarded and the process repeated. Black molds on the steamed rice indicate that you have exceeded the number of days How to make IMO2 by Chris Trump Chris Trump - How to: IMO2 Culturing and making IMO 2 Once collected this is referred to IM01. The next step is to culture and increase the population of this collection of Indigenous Microorganisms and create IMO2. Materials to use: A clean clay pot (hard-fired, glazed, or terra cotta) A wooden spoon white paper towels rubber bands A large clear bowl, big enough to hold contents of rice mixture A small food scale A straw mat A shovel A composting thermometer Raw, granulated brown sugar is advisable, but crude and unrefined sugar (jaggery) is better. The closer the state of sugar is to nature, the better. The less process the sugar has undergone, the more effective it is. Therefore, white refined sugar is not recommended. Wheat mill run* or, if available, mushroom growth medium waste. Mixing Process Tare the scale for the mixing jar. Weigh the filled bowl and calculate the weight of the rice mass by subtracting the weight of the empty bowl from the filled bowl. Weight out equal amounts of sugar to the amount of molded rice. The use of sugar is used for osmotic pressure and not as a food source. Gradually mix 1 to 1 with sugar or Jaggery. You can mix IMO collections. Diversity is a strength in natural farming. This will put the microbes into a dormant state for later use. Hand knead and massage, not smashing hard the sugar and rice until the material has the consistency of gooey molasses. It is ok to mix in more brown sugar if the mix is too wet. If it starts to bubble you have lost quality and will not be as effective. This is from being too wet and it started to ferment. Place the mixture in jar 2/3 full. Use the wooden spoon to move the molded rice into the jar. The 1/2 air space is necessary for the process. Clean the top of the container with vinegar. Cover it with paper towel secured in place with rubber bands. Store the pot in a cool area away from direct sunlight for 7 days. This will allow the mixture to ferment. Working in a shaded area: Add a small amount of water to the fermented rice mixture in a 1:500 ratio. Then, slowly blend in wheat mill run (or used mushroom medium) until mixture is of semi-moist but not wet consistency 65–70% moisture content of the media mixture. Place a mound of the mixture on a soil surface and cover it. Use a tarp, straw mat or leaves, protecting it from sunlight. Allow the microbes to propagate for 7 days. Periodically examine the external surface of the pile for white mold growth, monitor internal temperature of the pile with a composting thermometer so as not to exceed 122°F (50°C), Turn the pile with a shovel (a minimum of three to four times during the week) to keep fermentation temperatures from getting too high. When the fermentation process is finished, internal temperature will stabilize, indicating cultivation is complete and ready to use. Application and use This biological soil amendment is expected to enhance soil microorganism activity. This is a concentrated inoculate. Dilute the final product (1 to 1 by volume) with soil and incorporate this mixture into the surface soil as a topdressing for crop production, Add it to your compost pile. Further processing into into IMO3. Congratulations for learning about IMO 1 & 2 Credits EnigmaVEVO Chris Trump Guardeners of the Land Gabriel Greiner Cho Global Natural Farming(CGNF) University of Hawaii Gil A. Carandang Herbana Farms Burol, Calamba City Laguna, Philippines 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
  2. JJ the Gardener

    Inputs - Section 13 - IMO 5

    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 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 ~ A Cultural Healing and Life Compilation
  3. 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 Inputs - Section 12 IMO 4 & Liquid IMO Korean Natural Farming How to : IMO 4 Chris Trump - Korean Natural Farming How to : IMO 4 IMO 4 Mixing should be done on the soil floor and not on concrete in a heap of this mixture not more than 20 cm in height. Mix 1 part IMO 3 to 1 parts rice bran Now mix one part IMO 3 with one part soil. 50% of the soil should be from the crop field and 50% should be from fresh new soil (mountain soil, red fine clay, etc). Mixing the soils will harmonize the imo and soils. To control moisture "best practice" using natural farming inputs. When needed, control moisture with Natural Farming inputs such as FPJ, FFJ, FAA, Lab, Sea Water. Ratio of 1:1000 dilution with diluted seawater. It is necessary to add sea water for the IMOs to work best, when they are inoculated to the soil. Keep the mixture covered for two days. The end product is called IMO- 4. HOW TO STORE IMO- 4 Moisture may be evaporated during storage. Adjust the moisture content to 65-70% by adding nutrient liquids of natural farming inputs just before using IMO-4. Application Use IMO-4 by top dressing the soil around plants and top dressing fields before planting. Chris Trump - How to apply IMO4 HOW TO UTILIZE IMOs In order to be effective, IMOs should be used in a proper manner. Use IMOs continuously. Since IMOs are used to make soil fertile and healthy, these should be collected and prepared every year. In order to bring about continued results. IMOs must be maintained in the soil. Maintain IMO diversity. Avoid being choosy in collecting microorganisms. Instead, microorganisms from different environments should be collected and mixed. It is recommended to collect IMOs from all four directions of the field. We can also collect microbes from mountain, summit, valley and trench. To obtain strong microbes obtain from areas that has distinct environmental conditions. For example, the sunny side of the field will have different IMOs from the shaded side. Altitude will also affect the variety of microorganisms at every level. To include "tough guys" into the IMO mixture, samples from the high mountains or uncontaminated regions can also be collected. Liquid IMO Chris Trump - How to Liquid IMO with Chris Trump Ingredient list for LIMO: IMO3 or Imo2 or IMO4 can also be used. FPJ 1:500 BRV 1:500 OHN 1:1000 SW 1:25 (1:20 is ok too) Humic acid 1:500 (optional) Fulvic acid 1:2000 (optional) Brown sugar 1:1500 (by volume, optional) Water (non-chlorinated) Liquid cultures of IMOs is similar to brewing a compost tea. Fill a pair of fine net bag with IMO3. Pantyhose Paint strainer bag Room temperature of around 20 degrees C and a PH between 6 and 7 is sufficient. You will then need a 250L opaque container with an air compressor. Add inputs at 0.5L Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB), 2L Fermented Plant Juice (FPJ), 700-800 grams of brown sugar to 150-160L of water. Turn on air pump and and put the IMO 3 in the solution. Making IMOs and making actively aerated compost teas are similar but the main differences seem to be the source materials and the IMO fermentation process as opposed to composting. Depending on the the culture temperature the fermentation process takes between 5 and 7 days in Spring and Fall and 10 and 30 days in winter. Depending on the cultivated state the resultant mixture can smell either sweet or nasty, Sweet smell is desirable. Often a sludge will appear on the surface. This sludge is composed of microorganism corpses. This can occur when food or air is lacking in the solution. If it occurs add more air, and/or add more FPJ. Replacing the IMO in the sack every once in a while can also be beneficial. Compost removed IMO 3 Refill the tank with water while adding more food for microorganisms. The basic dilution is 1000 times, but can be as strong as 500 times depending on the need. Regular Dilute rate is 1:1000 with water when using. Using LIMO Use the same way you would a compost tea or garden tea. Foliar spray or with treat soil before planting or anytime you need to increase the biology. Additional, you can utilize chemical fertilizers and liquid IMO. Chemical fertilizer can be added to the solution. The solution can then be used 7-10 days later after the IMO has had time to act on the chemicals. Adding too much chemical fertilizer at once can stop the fermentation process. Introduce the chemical fertilizer to the tank in adequate amounts slowly. The yeast bacteria abundant in FPJ are excellent decomposers of chemical fertilizers converting them to easily absorbable mineral forms. Using chemical fertilizer in this way will greatly reduce soil degradation and the nutrients will also be better absorbed by plants. To duplicate the effect of nitrogen use ammonium sulphate or urea. To duplicate the effects of phosphorus, use superphospate or double superphospate. To duplicate the effects of calcium use quick lime. Credits Chris Trump http://www.cgnfindia.com/imos.html http://www.kswcd.org/conference/Dr Hoon Park III - Indigenous Microorganism(IMO).pdf https://rooftopecology.wordpress.com 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 Cultural Healing and Life Compilation
  4. 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 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 ~ A Proud Cultural Healing and Life Compilation
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