Importance of Natural Resources

Chris Trump: Korean Natural Farming in a nut shell

Hello. Let me give you
Korean Natural Farming in a Nutshell. Forgive me. I’m a nut farmer
and that’s a nut joke. But really, Korean natural farming,
if you aren’t one of the initiated or don’t know about it,
is kind of ambiguous. So let me
break it down. It is an attempt – one elegant method –
to join or work with nature to grow food. There are many ways to do this. Nature grows food effectively, and there are things
around the world that people use. But Korean natural farming
is an elegant method to grow food using the process
that nature already uses. [Hawk cawing] That was beautiful.
That was a hawk saying, “Hello.” So what we do is
we go up into the forest and we look for
an indigenous biology bloom or mycelium that we can see
with our naked eye. We take a, collection. Actually, we take several collections,
samplings of that indigenous biology, we bring it down and
we bring it to our farm and the place
where we grow food. Here, when we apply it to the soil,
it changes things. If you have a depleted or soil
that was maybe in some other things like construction or whatnot,
the soil will be depleted of biology. By introducing indigenous biology,
we boost the entire ecosystem that is happening
under the soil. One of my mentors
or people I listen to, Elaine Ingham, talks of it
as the soil food web. What good is that? Well, as soon as you apply
a large amount of biology to your leaves and your trunk
or whatever it is you’re growing in your soil,
if it’s indigenous, and even if it’s not, but the biology will get
established where you apply it. Well with this indigenous biology,
it will not only get established, but it will perpetuate
year after year. That’s the idea anyway.
And I’ve found it to be true. Once you apply this biology to the soil,
it takes root so to speak, it goes down, and now you have a layer
of biology working that is spreading out. That biology now is food
for the next level of the food chain, your nematodes and your microarthropods
interact with that biology in a special way. So now we have our soil surface biology here
and we have earthworms now also involved. They’re moving up to eat this biology,
moving down to live and breed. This now is increasing our water retention
and our aeration of our soil, the porosity. As those earthworms move up and down,
our water retention increases. Well that can have drought-resistant
effects on our plants. Also, the biology itself, just like us,
is 70 percent moisture. And when, if there is a drought event,
those organisms can die off and their body’s release
is actually a buffer to your drought. So why does biology
help grow food? Well, there’s a lot on that. I’m not going to
get all into that. But natural farming,
why is natural farming a good and effective tool? Well as you apply it
on your leaves and on your ground, this biology gets established. And with a tree
or some of your vegetables, whatever it is you’re growing, those fungal biologies
that you’ve collected will create a relationship
at the root tip. We all know that
plants photosynthesize. They produce sugars and use it
to make their structure and their fruit. Well they take some of their excess sugars
or some of the sugars they set aside for the purpose of creating
relationships at the root tips. So they will come down and say, “Here, fungi. I have some sugar
I’ll trade you for boron or zinc or iron. And at the root tip, through
a biochemical communication, they will exchange
photosynthesized sugars, or carbs, for minor minerals,
which we all know plants need. That’s one small aspect
of why growing with biology is great for making
really healthy plants and vegetables. Another aspect is, as you’ve increased
your water retention, your rain comes down,
biology on it or in their bodies and in their interactions,
are involved with something called enzymes. An enzyme is an organic molecule
that facilitates a chemical change. What that means is
as your rain water comes down and more of it is retained in the soil,
because your earthworms are moving up and down
and your soil is becoming aggregate, your rainwater,
which is N2, non-plant-available nitrogen, because of the biology present,
will have an easier time becoming ammonia,
or plant-available nitrogen, because the enzymes on the biology
will help to lessen the energy to convert N2 into N3,
plant-available fertilizer. All of sudden, your plant’s healthy
because it’s getting its minors. Your soil has better water retention
and drought resistance for your plants and your rainwater is working
for you more and more in nitrogen. In addition to this being
a really effective way to make really healthy productive plants,
it’s also really cost effective. Natural farming is inexpensive. It’s doable on a large scale
or a small scale for very low cost. And I’d like to
share it with you. So check out more of
What Is Natural Farming on the page. Thanks so much. Captions by Mike Ridgway,

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